The step up to a mile and a perfectly-judged front-running ride by Steph Thornton helped DUBAI DEE break through for her first win at Doomben’s midweek meeting.
Having struggled to settle on her race debut over 1200m at Eagle Farm last month, DUBAI DEE relished the extra distance at start number two and also enjoyed being able to dictate terms in front.
Taken straight to the head of affairs by Thornton, DUBAI DEE was given a relatively easy time of it in the early stages of the Sky Racing Maiden Plate (1650m).
Despite being challenged with 400m to go, the daughter of Pride of Dubai showed she was up for the fight and was even drawing clear of the race favourite near the line.
The sharp turnaround in form from her debut run pleased the boss, who has held a high opinion of the mare since purchasing her in partnership with OnTrack Thoroughbreds at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.
“I loved her when we bought her as a yearling but she’s been quite immature, and has taken time to find her feet,” said David.
“She didn’t look comfortable at Eagle Farm last time, she was getting her head up and wasn’t tractable but today was much, much better.
“She drew nicely and we just told Steph to use the gate, go forward and try to get her into a nice rhythm, which is exactly what she did. They got away with some cheap sectionals in front and then kicked clear nicely, so I’m looking forward to keeping the horse at a mile and possibly even getting her over further.”
DUBAI DEE runs in the colours of Grant Morgan and the team at OnTrack, who will be represented by talented import WITHOUT REVENGE in Saturday’s Mooloolaba Cup (1600m).
Congratulations to them and to their fellow owners: Dr D A Worthley, Mr P C McClintock, Mrs M D Bates, Mr D J Bates, Ms P C Johnson, Mr M J Ostermeyer, Dr A M Morrison-Galt, Mrs L Blades, Mr K Vincent, Pinehurst Racing, Mr G A Henry, Mr B J Muller and Mrs D S Strand.