Despite missing the kick at Morphettville on Saturday, Dashitude was too classy for her rivals in the Happy 40th Dion Koch Hcp (1250m).
Dashitude (3f Dash For Cash – Royal Tango by Royal Academy) appreciated the drop in class after finishing midfield first-up in the LR Redelva Stakes last month. She was able to take up a forward position following the slow getaway when Mushatta (Zabeel) just ambled along in front.
The pocket-rocket dropped the others at the furlong to score by over a length. “We were going to run her in a Group 2 on Adelaide Cup day but decided to take the easier option,” trainer Chris Bieg said. “I just wanted to give her a bit of confidence because she hadn’t won since last September.”
Bieg, 29, only has two horses in work and he also manages Oliver’s Fodder outlet opposite Morphettville racecourse. His other galloper Excites Zelady starts in the Adelaide Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Monday.
Bieg paid $5,500 for Dashitude at the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions. She has a 50% winning strike-rate after 12 starts and has rewarded connections with $283,000 in prizemoney.
Dashitude was bred by Marana Park owner Bob McKay and her dam Royal Tango has a yearling colt by Dash For Cash and she is back in foal to the Swettenham Stud sire.
Dash For Cash had 4 yearlings average $40,025 at the Melbourne Premier Sale last week. McKay’s grey brother to Dashitude topped the quartet for $70,000 at Oaklands Junction. In Adelaide this week, Dash For Cash has a colt (Lot 334) from Ampulla Lodge. The youngster is from a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Pompeii Ruler.
Swettenham Stud has 6 lots catalogued, as agent, for the Adelaide Magic Millions by Hidden Dragon (3), Myboycharlie, O’Lonhro, Soldier’s Tale and Kaphero.
– Karl Patterson