Boom mare Dash Dot Dash is set to add some intrigue to tomorrow’s midweek Bunbury meeting when taking her place in the Graeme Hurst Memorial Handicap (Race 6) over 1200 metres.
The late-starting five-year-old created a major impression with her truly effortless debut victory at Pinjarra’s stand-alone metropolitan raceday on Saturday January 7, when jumping straight to the front from barrier 11 and cruising to a 1-3/4 lengths victory in first gear.
In one of the most impressive debut you’ll see, the interestingly-named daughter of Bletchley Park clocked a time over 2-1/2 lengths faster than the entires and geldings 1200-metre Graduation Handicap (won by Main Instigator) on the same program, and only a neck slower than the fillies and mares division of the same race (won by Secret Minx). And she did it without breaking a sweat.
Dash Dot Dash, who is a dual-acceptor this week having been included in the final field of the 1200-metre Graduation Handicap at Ascot this Saturday, gave Ascot-based comeback trainer Phillip McLeod his first winner after several years away from racing.
A winner of two lead-up barrier trials, Dash Dot Dash looks the one to beat in Thursday’s fillies and mares Class One Handicap, and appears certain to start a short-priced favourite.
The main challenger is the beautifully bred Peters Investments three-year-old My Grace, who competed against some of the best fillies in the State at her past two starts, however, if Dash Dot Dash can maintain her scintillating form it’s very hard seeing any of tomorrow’s rivals troubling her.