Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have collected their third stakes win in seven days when Dee I Cee outstayed his rivals in the Listed $125,000 Premier’s Cup (1900m).
This came after Sweet Redemption won the Group 3 Toy Show Quality at Randwick last Saturday and iron horse Arbeitsam took out the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury last Thursday.
The stable has also had wins with Dante Rosetti at Kembla Grange last Saturday, the impressive Pandemonium at the Warwick Farm midweeks, while on Saturday Cismontane won at Moonee Valley and Social Element scored at Newcastle.
But it is fair to say the win of $41 outsider Dee I Cee did come as a surprise to the stable.
Broadside ($4.60) was the favoured Tulloch Lodge runner in the Premier’s Cup but he endured a torrid, first-up run before tiring to finish at the rear of the field.
The fast race tempo suited Dee I Cee, who was very well ridden by talented apprentice Rachel King, who swept down the centre of the track late to score by a widening two-and-a-quarter lengths from game frontrunner Classic Uniform ($3.90 favourite) with Centre Pivot ($14) a long head away third just in front of a luckless Destiny’s Kiss.
Bott said Dee I Cee is finally starting to return to the form that saw him finish second in the Newcastle Gold Cup last spring.
“He showed staying promise this time last year and we got him to The Metropolitan which is the goal again this spring,’’ Bott said.
“For whatever reason, he just didn’t come up in the autumn and it seems like it has taken him forever to find form.
“This is his first t win in Australia but now he has broken through hopefully he can go on with it now.’’
Bott praised King’s ride, explaining the apprentice was able to get Dee I Cee into a nice rhythm trailing the solid up-front tempo.
“To see Rachel get the horse travelling like that so far out, I was confident the horse would run a good race,’’ Bott said. “Rachel is going from strength to strength.’’
King said Dee I Cee had taken plenty of improvement out of his first-up run.
“He travelled like a stayer today,’’ she said. “I just tried to keep him happy and relaxed in the run and he really attacked the line.’’
In recent years, Railings (2005) and Glencadam Gold (2012) have won the Premier’s Cup-The Metropolitan double.
Avdulla aggression behind Rain dance
TANGO Rain took another significant step along the comeback trail with an impressive display of sustained speed at Rosehill Gardens.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has renewed confidence in Tango Rain after the four-year-old’s comfortable win in the ASX Thomsen Reuters Handicap (1100m).
At the same meeting last year, Tango Rain ran a very good second in the San Domenico Stakes behind the outstanding Star Turn but the Ryan-trained sprinter has only been sparingly raced since, missing the autumn due to illness.
“We trialled him here one day earlier this year and it was 39C,’’ Ryan revealed. “A couple of days later he had a temperature of 40C and it lasted for about five days.
“Once we got him over it, we turned him out and missed the autumn.
“But he has come back well and I told Brenton (Avdulla) that Tango Rain is the best horse in the race and to ride him that way.’’
Avdulla was aggressive early to take the lead on Tango Rain ($3.80) and they maintained their advantage throughout to score by nearly a length from Marsupial ($3.50 favourite) with Isorich ($26) a long head away third.
“Tango Rain’s first-up run was good and when I galloped him on Tuesday, he worked very well and I thought he was going to be hard to beat today,’’ Avdulla said.
“The 1100m on his home track suited him so we went out there full of confidence and even with the big weight, he jumped on speed and ran them into the ground.’’
Tango Rain scored his third win from just seven starts but he is destined for better things this spring.
Ryan said he will take Tango Rain through his classes but thought a race like the Everest Consolation, the Listed $500,000 Tattersall’s Lightning (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 14 would be a good target for the talented sprinter.
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