Don’t Doubt Mamma has produced a career-best performance to date to beat a talented field to the line in this afternoon’s Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon.
Don’t Doubt Mamma was charged with overcoming the likes of Group 1 winners Jameka and Perfect Reflection in The Vanity, but did her chances of success no harm when jumping well and settling within the small field.
Receiving an ideal run in transit off pace, jockey Dwayne Dunn peeled the Not A Single Doubt filly off the fence rounding onto the final straight and allowed ample time before mounting their final assault.
Immediately responding when asked for an extra effort, Don’t Doubt Mamma charged forward and locked in a fierce pace battle with Jameka; pulling clear and maintaining a strong-enough sprint to withstand a late charge from Egypt and Perfect Reflection.
Dunn’s performance aboard Don’t Doubt Mamma was arguably the difference in success this afternoon, but the hoop was quick to lay all the praise on the training efforts of Tony McEvoy and the class of the three-year-old.
“She smoked up really well today and had a good run in transit,” Dunn said.
“Tony said to me just be mindful she’s probably not fully wound for the 1400m today and she’s got a big campaign ahead of her, and she emptied out a little bit on me late.
“They found formation quick and on paper it looked like there was no real leader and someone would have to push forward. I ended up in a beautiful spot and she presented really well.”
McEvoy was pleased with Don’t Doubt Mamma’s first-up run in The Vanity and is excited by the prospects of success for the filly through the 2016 Autumn Carnival.
“She was really good,” McEvoy said.
“I think we’ve figured her out a little bit more. I was running her in those short races and she was showing me more at home than she was at the races.
“We elected to go to this and when it came up so strong I was double guessing myself but she really excited me today, she is a high-quality filly.
“Even though the form line is sound, to come out and beat those fillies today as fresh as she is, there’s lots to look forward to.”
McEvoy underlined several options for Don’t Doubt Mamma this time, but will allow the horse’s form and condition to settle on the avenue taken.
“It’s tempting but she’ll do the talking – we’ll see how she comes through it,” McEvoy said.
“There’s the Frances Tressady for fillies and mares, the (Australian) Guineas or we could go three weeks to the Coolmore in Sydney, so there’s a few options.”
Punters who backed Don’t Doubt Mamma to win The Vanity with Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $6.50 for success!
2016 The Vanity Results
|1||4||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||Tony McEvoy||Dwayne Dunn||–||2||57.5kg||$7|
|2||7||EGYPT||Mark Kavanagh||Craig Williams||0.2L||4||55kg||$21|
|3||2||PERFECT REFLECTION||Darren Weir||Mr Ben Melham||0.95L||1||58.5kg||$3F|
|4||1||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Damien Oliver||1.05L||5||58.5kg||$3.40|
|5||3||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||2.05L||7||57.5kg||$8.50|
|6||6||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||2.8L||3||55kg (cd 55.5kg)||$11|
|7||5||ITALY||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4.05L||6||55kg||$21|