When Dance With Her lines up in the Listed $100,000 2013 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill this Saturday, it will be another step on the road towards next month’s Group 1 2013 Sydney Cup (3200m).
The Mornington-based mare will have three starts in Sydney, also contesting the Group 2 2013 Chairman’s Cup (2600m) on April 13 before the $500,000 Sydney Cup on April 27.
A consistent performer, the Al Maher mare arrives in Sydney on the back of a strong performance in the Yarra Valley Cup where she gallantly carried 60kg to victory.
Dance With Her has already shown her ability to match it in strong staying races, finishing second to Lights Of Heaven in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup last winter and also taking runner-up honours in the Group 3 JRA Cup in the spring.
Other highlights on her resume include wins in the Warrnambool Cup, the Pakenham Cup and the Listed Centaurea Stakes at Morphetville.
While trainer David Brideoake is setting the bar high, he hasn’t ruled out a title defence in Warrnambool if she fails to measure up in Sydney.
But Brideoake is confident she is in good enough condition to get her Sydney campaign off to a flyer this weekend.
“She’s in great shape and to draw barrier one is a bit of a bonus as well,” Brideoake told racingnetwork.
“She’s a wonderful mare and going very well again.”
Dance With Her has found the ability to deliver each and every campaign, winning 12 times and placing on another 15 occasions from 46 starts.
She has collected more than $750,000 in prizemoney.
One of the top horses she will have to overcome this Saturday in the NE Manion Cup is Gai Waterhouse-trained import Julienas who is backing up after leading from start to finish in the Sky High Stakes.
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