Canberra horseman Matthew Dale is hopeful that this Saturday will see the end of Unanimously’s Victorian drought when the smart five-year-old looks to score his first Melbourne win in the Carlyon Stakes 2012.
The Not A Single Doubt five-year-old has won six of their 22 career starts to date, but none of those have been achieved in Victoria – the horse having had three runs in Melbourne.
Saturday will be their fourth with Unanimously to take on a quality field in the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Third-up for the season the gelding was last seen running a brave second to Freereturn in the William Martin Harvey Spring over the same track and distance on August 4.
Jason Warren’s Freereturn postmarked that form last Saturday when they backed up to win the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) in the wet at Caulfield.
Despite the promise of that run they will have to go up from 53.5kg to 57kg on Saturday as Unanimously looks to win their first race since the Listed Canterbury BMW Classic (1100m) back in mid-January.
In the latest Carlyon Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au the widely-drawn African Pulse is the $3.90 favourite ahead of Group 1 winner Atomic Force ($4.20).
Unanimously meanwhile is rated a $9 chance from barrier five, a good price according to Dale who believes the good gate, previous experience at the Valley and being third-up for the season all work in their favour.
“His runs have been very good down in Melbourne, it’s just been circumstances that have beaten him,” Dale said.
“Saturday is tougher than last start but he is better placed with the experience around Moonee Valley, a better barrier and being third-up.
“His best runs last campaign were his third and fourth runs back.”
Dale is focusing on Unanimously’s last-start second and not their first-up ninth to See The World at Rosehill, a run that was hampered by a Heavy (9) track and an unclear run.
“He wasn’t allowed to roll along like he usually does first-up,” Dale explained.
“He was restrained and he fought for his head.
“You can put a line through the run.”
On Saturday Unanimously will be ridden by Steven Arnold for the first time.
It will be the sixth jockey change in as many runs for the horse, and one Dale hopes will reap good rewards.
“He’s the owners’ number one choice so he was the first person I rang,” Dale said of Arnold.
“He’s never ridden for me at all.”
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