Top interstate hoop Dwayne Dunn is the confirmed rider down in the Apple Isle on Monday for the Terence Evans-trained Sky Of Stars in the Elwick Stakes 2015 for two-year-olds.
One of the key support races on the Hobart Cup Day program this Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival, the $100,000 Listed Elwick 2YO Stakes (1100m) has attracted 14 juveniles at nomination stage.
Set to appreciate the boost of Dunn in the saddle, a confirmed acceptor is Brighton-based New Approach colt Sky Of Stars.
A winner of his first official trial over 900m earlier this month at Hobart, the up-and-comer backed up that form from the jump-out on debut at the same track on January 25.
His maiden run was in the $14,000 Book Now For Derby Day High Tea 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m) where he and jockey Daniel Ganderton were able to beat home the Stuart Gandy-trained Geegees Double Jo by a tidy one and a half lengths.
Sky Of Stars jumped the odds-on favourite that day and is sure to dominate the Elwick Stakes odds again this coming Monday at Ladbrokes.com.au especially with Dunn taking over for Ganderton.
Dunn is a long-time friend of Evans and is excited to partner with his mate’s top two-year-old at Tattersall’s Park next week.
Sky Of Stars was put through his paces in a strong piece of trackwork at Hobart on Tuesday morning, pulling up well according to his trainer.
“The horse pulled up really well from his debut win and today he’s done everything I expected of him in the grass gallop,” Evans told Tas Racing.
The other Elwick Stakes hope to come via the race Sky Of Stars won is the runner-up Geegees Double Jo who held an impressive five and a half-length margin over the third placed Mac ‘N’ Muhcu.
Tasmanian’s leading trainer of two-year-old Barry Campbell has won the past two editions of the Elwick Stakes with Grand Tycoon (2013) and Admiral (2014).
This year he has nominated for his Sharkbite gelding Siorca who comes off back-to-back 1100m wins at Launceston.
The most recent of those was on January 14 where he beat Gee Gees Top Notch (2nd) from the stables of John Luttrell and The Master Speed (3rd) who is a stable mate of Sky Of Stars.
Those two placegetters are also set to back up in the Elwick Stakes making for an intriguing edition of the juvenile’s feature that will likely lead into a run in the $100,000 Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m) on Launceston Cup Day, February 26.
Dunn meanwhile will also partner with Evans’ three-year-old Amadeus Wolf filly Crib Point in the $100,000 Listed Stutt Stakes (2100m) at next Monday’s meeting.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for the Elwick 2YO Stakes 2015 final field and barriers due out shortly.
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