Dear Demi Signals Staying Future with 2012 Fernhill Handicap Win

Clarry Connors-trained filly Dear Demi has justified her favouritism in her first trip at a mile (1600m), taking out the 2012 Fernhill Handicap by half a length ahead of Trophies and Proverb.

Ridden by boom New Zealand jockey James McDonald, the daughter of Dehere was able to settle nicely behind the leaders and McDonald allowed her to sit there until the final furlong.

Dear Demi

Dear Demi wins the 2012 Fernhill Handicap

From there Dear Demi showed a nice turn of speed and was able to overtake Proverb and charge to victory in the final 50 metres, showing plenty of toughness to hold off Trophies who finished strongly.

McDonald was pleased with the talented two-year-old’s fight at the back end of the race and believes the 1600 metre distance is one that suits.

“Full credit to the filly, she fought really hard and she’s come away with a well deserved win,” McDonald said.

“She’s a tough filly and a mile definitely suits her because she just grinds away.”

Connors was pleased Dear Demi stepped up to take victory after finishing second to Flying Snitzel in the Schweppervescence and suggested she has a very bright future as a stayer.

“She’s a pretty good filly…we haven’t had a lot of luck with her. Little things have gone wrong without being serious,” Connors said.

“I think she’s just a lovely a staying filly.

“I can’t wait until next year, she’s going to be a lovely filly at 2000 metres or further.”

The autumn is not over for the exciting two-year-old who gets another chance to impress over a mile in next Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

It will the first Group 1 start for Dear Demi who has had a reasonable start to her career with her record now standing at two wins from seven starts.

The Randwick action is just getting underway with the Group 1 Australian Oaks, Doncaster Mile and Galaxy still to come at the famous Sydney racecourse.

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Fernhill Quality 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners James McDonald 3 58kg $4F
2 9 TROPHIES John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 0.4L 2 55kg $21
3 3 PROVERB Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.9L 4 57.5kg $7
4 7 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 1.4L 1 55kg $41
5 8 SOLEMN Peter Snowden Rod Quinn 1.5L 6 55kg $18
6 2 ROWIE Paul Messara Christian Reith 1.6L 9 58kg $10
7 6 HONORIUS David Payne Glyn Schofield 2.1L 5 56kg $5
8 11 RED HOT CHILLIES Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 4.2L 10 54.5kg $5.50
9 4 MAGICAL TALENT Bede Murray Tommy Berry 4.4L 8 57kg $31
10 10 GREAT DANSAAR Bjorn Baker Jim Cassidy 7.5L 7 54.5kg $15