Adelaide visitor Dashitude looked a black-type filly in waiting after a well-timed win at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Dash For Cash filly had scored front-running victories back home in November and a change of tactics didn’t stop her winning first-up in Melbourne. She came from the back half of a big field in the Sportingbet Hcp (1000m) to beat Imprimis (Magnus) by a half-length.
Dashitude (2f Dash for Cash – Royal Tango by Royal Academy) gave trainer Chris Bieg and jockey Amy Herrmann breakthrough wins in Melbourne. “This filly is tough and has a lot of attitude,” Herrmann said. “You have to get along with her because as soon as you saddle up, she will turn it up.”
Swettenham sire Dash For Cash is fair dinkum flying with 68 domestic winners this season. He and Swettenham ally Bianconi are head-to-head for second spot among Victorian based sires on the Australian winners’ premiership.
Bel Esprit leads with 90 winners but, without belittling that record, he has benefited with books as big as 266 mares in recent years.
Dashitude was bred by Marana Park owner Bob McKay and he sold the filly for a bargain $5,500 at the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions. Her dam Royal Tango has Lindsay Park links through her Darwin Cup winning half-brother winner Ventilago (Rory’s Jester). Second dam Light Action (Without Fear) was a G3 winner of the Adelaide Guineas.
Royal Tango delivered a Dash For Cash colt last September and she will see him at Swettenham again this year.