Dutchy’s Lass caused a boilover to win the Listed William Crocket Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. She relished an uncontested lead and a drop back in distance from her last-start over 1400m at Flemington to score by just over two lengths.
Trainer Shaun Dwyer was surprised by the ease of the victory. “I think we got away with one there,” he said. “She never runs a bad race at the Valley and she hasn’t put a foot wrong since we applied the blinkers to her gear.”
The win also provided little known sire Dutch Harry with his first stakes winner. By St Covet, Dutch Harry was a more than useful performer for Dwyer winning the G3 BTC Champagne Classic and Listed Meynink Stakes.
Dutchy’s Lass is from the winning Celestial Dancer mare Southampton. Her pedigree was bereft of black-type until Saturday.
“I think she will be an even better horse next prep once she grows a bit more,” Dwyer added.. “I’ll discuss it with the owners, but we might go to the paddock now.”