Griante will make her black type racing debut when she contests the 2014 Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich on Saturday and trainer David Brideoake has revealed that the talented filly is a chance of backing up in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm next weekend.
Griante has scored four wins from eight starts during her racing career to date and will be taking winning form into the Gai Waterhouse Classic after winning the VAFA Plate (1440m) at Caulfield on May 3, The Chase Hotel Handicap (1600m) at the same venue on May 17 and the Le Pine Funerals Plate (1600m) at Sandown on May 31.
Brideoake has been delighted with the form of Griante this preparation and told Racing Victoria that he would not hesitate to press on to the 2014 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm next Saturday, if Griante produces an impressive performance in the Gai Waterhouse Classic on Saturday.
“We believe she’s continued to improve throughout this preparation,” Brideoake said.
“Her Sandown victory was even better again than her win at Caulfield and she came out of the race at Sandown in tip top shape so we decided to give her the opportunity at a black-type race.
“Her form has been ultra impressive; she has four wins and three seconds from eight starts and Victorian form usually measures up pretty well up there.
“She’d have to impress me, but if she was to go very well on Saturday I would potentially run her in the Tatt’s Tiara a week later.”
Griante has drawn barrier 12 for the Gai Waterhouse Classic, but she has shown impressive gate speed during her racing career and has settled in the first two in each of her past three victories.
Brideoake does not believe that the wide barrier draw will be an issue for Griante and he is confident that experience jockey Dwayne Dunn can steer the daughter of Good Journey to her maiden black type win this weekend.
“You can’t do anything about the barrier,” he said.
“She’s got pretty good tactical speed and is pretty versatile to ride.
“Dwayne’s got a lot of experience on her in terms of both race experience and in training and we don’t have much concern with her dropping back 250m.
“Griante is our best chance on Saturday.
“She’s in very good shape and fingers crossed she can measure up to the Queensland form.”
Griante is currently available at 2014 Gai Waterhouse Classic odds of $5.50; with Jazz Song a narrow favourite from Breakfast In Bed ($5.50) and Avaladyluck ($9).
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