|Trainer Lee Freedman and jockey Damien Oliver continued their recent
domination of the Group Three Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes when Dama De Noche scored a
convincing win in this afternoon's edition.
It is the
third consecutive win in the race for the duo when the combined for today's three length
It is the second consecutive stakes race success for the
daughter of the ill fated Snippets after her last start triumph in the listed Waltzing
Lily Stakes at this track on February 27.
Freedman said after the race that it was always his plans
for the filly to come to the outside of the straight course after drawing barrier eleven.
"It was out intention to come to the grandstand.
Whenever there is a strong northerly wind it's (the outside) certainly the place to
be," Freedman said.
"The inside horses were in front early in the race but
I felt when they got to the grandstands it would change," he added.
The runners on the outside of the track
ran well. Only three horses went to the grandstand side of the track - as well as the
winner another was the third placegetter Centella.
Freedman said after the race that Dama De Noche
"could" head to Sydney "depending on how she pulls up after today."
"There really isn't anything left down here
(Melbourne) for her, so Sydney is an option," Freedman said.
Meanwhile, Freedman said that Golden Slipper aspirations
for recent Inglis Classic runner-up Pillaging would go on the line in a trial in Melbourne
"At this stage I'm leaning toward the Sires',"
Freedman said when referring to Group One Sires' Produce Stakes to be run at Flemington
Dubai Ice, the Danehill daughter of Group One winner
Skating, impressed her trainer Tony McEvoy with her second placing on debut.
"She went super," an enthusiatic McEvoy reported.
"She just seemed as though she needed something to be over with her at the finish to
keep her swtiched on to the finish."
"It was like she was a cork in the ocean," McEvoy
In the run to the line Dama De Noche held a three length
break over Dubai Ice, who was the first horse home on the inside of the track, while
Centella was a short head away in third back on the outside of the track.
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