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After failing her recent Brisbane assignments Clarry Conners’ Group 1 winning filly Dear Demi will head to Melbourne this spring contesting the iconic season staying double of the 2013 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
The rising Dehere four-year-old hit the big time last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival when winning the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington.
She has won just two races since most recently the Group 3 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 18 when overcoming the far outside barrier (16 of 16).
Her last two runs were disappointing however.
After The Roses she backed up just seven days later and could only manage to finish sixth to Hawkspur in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m), albeit beaten under five lengths.
Most recently Dear Demi was seen finishing a well beaten seventh by Gonkokoro when she attempted to become a dual Oaks winner in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 1.
Believing the soon-to-be mare does her best racing in Victoria, the Sydney-based Conners has announced Dear Demi will race exclusively in Melbourne this coming season.
Her assignments are no easy pickings either with her trainer announcing plans to run her in the two richest races of their kind – the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19 and the ‘race that stops a nation’ the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 5.
“She has been back in work for a bit over a fortnight and she looks in good order,” Conners said.
“I’m very happy with how she’s done during her break.
“While nothing is in concrete at this stage, the plan with her at this stage is to head towards the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”
Dear Demi has certainly proved she can stay but whether she can handle the class of staying competitors she’ll face should she make the Cup fields remains unclear.
Conners will get a better chance to assess how she’s going when she returns, her likely first-up run being the $220,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 7.
From there she will likely go via a similar to path to that of his former champion Zabeel mare Zagalia who contested the Turnbull Stakes and Caulfield Cup of 2003 before their brave fifth to the mighty Makybe Diva for her second of an eventual history making three Melbourne Cup victories.
Futures betting on both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup are already open at bookies around the country with Dear Demi well liked in the early markets.
Caulfield Cup odds are currently led by crack Kiwi It’s A Dundeel at $7 while Dear Demi pays $21, equal with the likes of Sea Moon and Super Cool.
As for Melbourne Cup betting Puissance De Lune ($9) is top fancy with Dear Demi further down the markets for the big one at $61.
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