Ethereal Stakes winner Dawnie Perfect on to the Crown Oaks

Sydney filly Dawnie Perfect is Crown Oaks bound after scoring a solid win in the Group 3 $150,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield today.

Dawnie Perfect will now head to the Crown Oaks after winning the Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Dawnie Perfect will now head to the Crown Oaks after winning the Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Dawnie Perfect came to Caulfield today without a win from six race starts but goes home a genuine contender for the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 5.

Winning trainer Clarry Conners was represented by his son Marc who said the Big Brown filly will followthe traditional Oaks path and line up in the Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 31.

“She will go around in the Wakeful I am sure,” Marc Conners said.

“It was a good effort today. She sat wide and was still able to stick it out at the finish,” Conners said.

“She came down here at the right time of the year, she has hit the right 2000m race today and she will improve again.”

Winning jockey Jim Cassidy settled Dawnie Perfect ($26) in the second half of the field and had the last shot at the two fancy runners to claim the lead from runner up Honesta ($3.50) close to the line with $2.70 favourite Ambience fighting on solidly for third.

“She had a good prep coming down. She was a maidener heading towards the Oaks,” Cassidy said.

“Clarry was very confident this morning that she would run the trip. We were three deep with cover, relaxed and found the line. A good win.

Cassidy won the 2012 Crown Oaks for owner John Singleton and Conners and the veteran jockey gives them another great chance to claim the winning trophy again.

“Singo has been solid. I won an Oaks for him on Dear Demi a couple of years ago so she will run the trip and we are going into it now able to win.”

Ethereal Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 9 DAWNIE PERFECT Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 7 55kg $26
2 3 HONESTA John P Thompson Craig Williams 0.75L 6 56kg $3.50
3 2 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 1.75L 2 56.5kg $2.70F
4 5 BANNATYNE Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2.75L 12 55kg $26
5 17e PRINCESS ARIA Marc Conners Brenton Avdulla 3.75L 3 55kg $101
6 1 THE GREY FLASH Robbie Laing Chris Parnham 3.85L 1 56.5kg $20
7 8 ZARABEEL (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 4.05L 9 55kg $41
8 6 ALITTLE LOOSE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Michael Kent Mark Zahra 5.3L 5 55kg $16
9 10 DAWN OF HOPE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 6.55L 4 55kg $7
10 14 WICHITA WOMAN Michael Moroney Craig Newitt 7.55L 11 55kg $18
11 13 STREET SPUN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Brideoake Luke Currie 7.75L 10 55kg $151
12 12 LE GRAND CRU Andrew Noblet Ben Melham 8.05L 8 55kg $151
13 15 JEZZABBA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13.55L 13 55kg $61
14 7 BORN MAGIC (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Blake Shinn 15.3L 14 55kg $51


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