Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn has named next summer’s 2016 Magic Millions Carnival on the Gold Coast as the long-term goal for his Sunshine Coast Guineas runner on Saturday Perfect Dare.
The three-year-old son of Fastnet Rock is one of 14 remaining youngsters facing off in the $125,000 Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on Caloundra Cup Day in Queensland on the weekend.
He is drawn the outside ally with veteran hoop Jim Byrne aboard the gelding who comes off a luckless Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign.
Third to Counterattack defeated only two lengths in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (150m) on May 21, Perfect Dare’s two latest starts have produced fifth place runs at Eagle Farm in June.
The first saw him beaten under two lengths behind Tsaritsa in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) before his run behind Saturday’s Sunshine Coast Guineas favourite Sold For Song in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m) only last weekend.
Dunn remains confident in the ability of his up-and-comer, whose latest victory was over 1050m at Doomben in early April, and that Perfect Dare can win over a mile and further as he matures.
“He just hasn’t had any luck in his three-year-old year,” Dunn told AAP.
“Perfect Dare really wants firm tracks but he has run into Soft going and also struck trouble in his races.”
Earlier this year Dunn took Perfect Dare to Sydney for back-to-back spring runs last October and November at Rosehill Gardens, the horse crossing a devastatingly close second in both runs over 1200m and 1400m respectively.
“Even when we took him to Sydney last year he ran two seconds and probably should have won both,” Dunn said.
“The fact he was second and not the winner cost him a start in the Magic Millions Three-Year-Old race.
“I have no doubt that had he got a start in that race he would have been very hard to beat.”
Dunn is hoping to atone for that failure to gain a Magic Millions Carnival start on the Gold Coast back in January and will target the lucrative restricted summer carnival in Queensland again next year.
“At this stage I am leaning towards the Millions carnival as his long-range target,” he said.
“He will go for a spell after Saturday’s race and we will see how he comes back.
“He is very well bred by Fastnet Rock out of a Galileo mare so he should get further than 1600 metres.
“It means we might even look at the Magic Millions Stayers’ race. Then there is the Sydney autumn or Brisbane winter as options for him.
“But we will get a better idea after he tackles 1600 metres on the big Caloundra track.”
As mentioned, the Kevin Kemp-trained filly Sold For Song leads Sunshine Coast Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for this weekend at $3.10.
Perfect Dare meanwhile is rated a $14 chance to handle the distance and class and finally enjoy some good fortune this season.
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