Top filly Venus Serena, who won more Grand Slams than her namesakes last season, will resume at Forbury Park on Sunday in the first heat of the Alabar Sires Stakes for three-year-old fillies, and while her trainer Geoff Dunn is confident the daughter of Mach Three will once again be a dominant force this season, there are a couple of factors that have him slightly worried.
“Clark Barron’s filly (Raksdeal) has drawn one, and she possesses great gate speed and loves to run them along, so if we go out of the gate and have a look it may turn into a bit of a speed duel, which would be less than ideal first up,” said Dunn. “She has been very good in winning her last two trials, and the times have been okay, but as we all know there is nothing quite like race fitness, and that is something some of the others have on their side,” he added.
On the other hand, Dunn is worried that if they go back on Venus Serena, impressive filly Willow will drop straight in to trail Raksdeal, which will in turn make her very hard to beat.
“It really is quite a tricky situation,” said Dunn. “But I am still confident my filly has a class edge on them.
Dunn said that Sunday’s outing is likely to be Venus Serena’s only run in the South before heading to the North Island for a campaign starting on December 6th.
Meanwhile, the consistent Comply Or Die looks the one they all need to beat in the co-feature for the day, the $15,000 Selwyn Paul Memorial Tuepeka Cup.
The five-year-old son Of Live Or Die has good form behind the likes of Blazin N Cullen, Bettor Rock On, and last week’s Gold Coast Cup winner, Field Officer, and on recent form, looks the winner.
Others who shape as chances are Devil May Care, Bettor’s Brigadier, Cherokee Charlie, and Better To Be Bad.
Venus Serena and Comply Or Die should win the first two legs of what looks like a very easy Quaddie, with Someardensomewhere and Brindy, also looking clear standouts in the third and fourth legs. Another I like, on what is quite a good day of racing, is Red Hot Toddy, who has been ultra impressive in her last two runs. She competes in race six at 2.34pm, and should not only win, but also post a good time for the one mile journey.
By Mitchell Robertson