Canberra horseman Matthew Dale is confident he can maintain his perfect winning record at Victoria’s iconic Flemington Racecourse when he saddles up his in-form three-year-old Unanimously on Saturday.
Not A Single Doubt gelding Unanimously is one of 18 gallopers engaged to contest the $125,000 Listed A.R. Creswick Stakes (1200m) this weekend.
The emerging Unanimously, purchased for just $45,000 at the 2009 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale, is the current $6.50 second favourite in the Creswick markets behind the Mark Kavanagh-trained Street Cry colt Liveandletdie after drawing ideally in barrier two.
Unanimously has been in top form this year winning two of their four starts and placing second in their two other runs.
Recently they scored a tidy two length victory in an 1100m handicap at Canterbury on May 7 before their narrow last-start second to Jest Crewsin’, beaten a nose in a 1100m sprint at Randwick against older company.
“After he raced first-up at Canterbury we earmarked this (the A.R. Crewswick) as a possible race for him third-up and we’ve ended up following that plan,” Dale said.
Saturday will be the first run in Victoria for Unanimously, but young trainer Dale remains convinced the horse will rise to the occasion and hand him his second victory at Australia’s best known track in a matter of weeks.
On May 21, Not A Single Doubt filly Jackpot Queen scored a thrilling win in the $70,000 Trevor Clarke Handicap (1000m) at Flemington, which was the biggest success of Dale’s career as a trainer to date.
Now the job of keeping the good luck going falls to Unanimously and jockey Matthew Cahill.
“It’ll be a hard record to keep it up, but we’ll be down there trying on Saturday,” Dale said.
“The horse is going well, his form couldn’t be any better and it looks like a very suitable race, albeit a solid race, at set weights and against his own age.
“It looks the right race for him at this stage of his career.”
Unanimously has finished out of the top four just once in his 12 starts to date when four lengths away ninth behind ensuring Golden Slipper runner-up Decision Time in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra at his second career start in March of 2010.
The horse that beat Unanimously last-start, the Jan Bowen-trained five-year-old Jest Crewsin’ will seek back-to-back wins when they line up in the $100,000 Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick this Saturday, which was another option Dale was considering for Unanimously.
“We had him nominated for the June Stakes in Sydney as well this Saturday but opted for this race (at Flemington) which is for more prize money and it’s against his own age,” Dale explained.
Dale is also unconcerned over the likely wet track conditions at Flemington this weekend, Unanimously haven proven their ability to let down on soft ground at Randwick on a Heavy track last start.
“If we hadn’t run on the Heavy last start that would be a question mark, but I think it appears that he handles all conditions at this stage,” Dale said.
“He appears quite a genuine racehorse.”