One of last season’s better performed three-year-olds Dapper Dana produced a workmanlike effort to score an effortless win in a C2-C3 race over 2090 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night (Sunday).
Dapper Dana began well from the pole position and after tugging a reefing for a short stretch he settled well for driver Ricky Duggan and had no trouble in accounting for his opposition.
The New Zealand-bred gelding hit the line almost four metres clear of Liza With A Z that also was bred in NZ with Harley Fella four metres away third.
Duggan was delighted with the gelding’s effort that followed a first-up second in a C1-C2 race over 2200 metres in Launceston won by the very talented Melolyn.
Dapper Dana is trained by last season’s leading female mentor Juanita McKenzie who is confident the gelding can be afforded another interstate campaign.
Connections slipped Dapper Dana across Bass Strait for a 3YO Classic race in Melbourne in which he finished a luckless fifth in May after which he was sent for a well deserved spell.
Since arriving from New Zealand the gelding, owned and raced by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper, has won four and been placed as many times from nine starts.
Dapper Dana (Bettors Delight-OK Deb) could soon be off to Melbourne for another short campaign.
While Dapper Dana was impressive, McKenzie also prepared Our Chain of Command to score an incredible win in a standing start race coming off a back mark of 50 metres.
It has been a long time since a horse has won from such a tough back mark in Tasmania but it was a win that had his trainer jumping for joy and screaming in the trainer’s bar from where she watched the race.
Listen to what trainer Juanita McKenzie had to say about her training double in Hobart on Sunday night.
By Peter Staples