Mick Price believes Dubleanny’s last stride victory in the Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) will be the platform for a big spring campaign.
The victory, her fourth in a line, provided Vinery based Dubleo with his first black type winner. “That win has got her rating up, which is what we wanted,” Price said.
The Caulfield trainer refused to rule out a Group 1 campaign but said Dubleanny would stick to black type races from here on in. “Whether she is G1 class we don’t know yet, but she won’t race out of stakes level during her next campaign. We just want to keep improving on her pedigree now to make her a viable broodmare prospect.”
Despite missing the kick, like she did at Caulfield the start previous, Dubleanny charged down the outside rail to overhaul Broken and score by a long head. “She needed every inch of that 1200m,” Price said. “The barrier blanket seems to have fixed her barrier antics, but it doesn’t help when you get sandwiched the way she did after the start.”
Dubleanny (3f Dubleo – Uncanny Lady by Canny Lad) had shown no signs of fatigue during her winter campaign, but was always going to spell following the Creswick. “Her track work has still been solid, but I don’t want to keep her going and bottom her out. She’s done her job for the time being and has earned a decent spell.
“She’s had a real intense prep and will come back a bigger and stronger mare. I think in the spring she may even get up to 1400m.”
Stable jockey Craig Newitt believes Dubleanny can eclipse the feats of former G1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Bel Mer who was also raced by Vinery.
“She could very well be that good, but it is a little too early to say,” Price said. “Her spring campaign should tell us a lot more, and if she was to continue progressing, then we might find out how good she is in a race like the Sangster.”
Dubleo’s oldest southern hemisphere runners are three year-olds and he has sired 24 winners to date. Dubleanny, a $65,000 purchase for Vinery at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions, heads the pack with five wins and almost $250,000 in prize money.
Dubleanny, who races in the Vinery colours of green and white, is one of four winners from Uncanny Lady, an unraced half sister to the stakes performer Rock Idol (Flying Spur). Her dam has a 2yo Choisir filly named Uncanny Choice and a weanling colt by Casino Prince. She was covered by Exceedingly Good last year.