Dear Demi to Back up in 2013 Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Oaks Lead-up

Queensland Oaks favourite Dear Demi is set to back up in Saturday’s Group 3 2013 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben after her thrilling win in The Roses on the weekend.

Dear Demi will run in Saturday's Grand Prix Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Clarry Conners-trained filly confirmed herself as the Queensland Oaks top fancy when producing a big run from a wide barrier and holding off fellow Southerner Gondokoro in the tradtional Oaks lead-up.

The confirmation that Dear Demi will line up again this weekend means she will race three times in three weeks, with the Oaks to be held on Saturday week at Eagle Farm.

The daughter of Dehere has been racing since February but showed her ability to handle plenty of work during the spring.

In the spring she had seven-start campaign spanning across nearly three months. The successful preparation culminated with a Group 1 win in the Crown Oaks which came just five days after running third in the Wakeful Stakes.

Conners said her spring form was a reason to be confident about her chances despite a heavy schedule over the next couple of weeks.

Dear Demi is currently a $3.20 favourite in the  Queensland Oaks betting market.

Next best is Gondokoro at $3.80 who screamed home to push Dear Demi to a photo in The Roses. The Pat Carey-trained filly was also third in the Australian Oaks when Dear Demi took runner-up honours.

No horse gets close to the top two in betting, with Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Queenstown the third favourite at $12 ahead of Gold Coast Bracelet winner Express Power ($13).

Others featuring towards the top of Queensland Oaks betting include Vaquera ($15), Kim Dynasty ($16) and Remorse ($17).

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