Promising colt Dubious is one of fifteen new season three year olds making up the nominations for the 2019 Group 3 $160,000 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Dubious was a three times winner during his two year old season and the Not A Single Doubt colt pleased co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace with a win in a 990m barrier trial at Cranbourne on August 5.
“I am rapt with him,” Maher told racing.com.
“He’s a marvel that horse. He’s a pleasure to train and a pleasure to do anything with and he trialled super today.
“He’ll kick off in the Vain (Stakes), go to the McNeil (Stakes) and then go to the Golden Rose.’’
Dubious showed his class during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival with a win in the Group 2 $200,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben and then lined up against the older horses at weight for age for a fifth to The Bostonian in the Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.
“He’s just a very straight-forward and genuine horse,” Maher said.
“He’s very sound. You don’t see too many two-year-olds race the older horses and be very competitive at weight-for-age level.
“He seems as good as ever so a Group 1 his aim and hopefully it’s the (Golden) Rose or the Coolmore or something like that.”
The Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 28 and the Group 1 $1.5m Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2 are Spring Carnival options for Dubious.
Maher and Eustace have also nominated first starter Billjim for the Vain Stakes and the Mawingo three year old is also a Cranbourne barrier trial winner on August 5.
Trainer James Cummings has only nominated one of the Godolphin team for the Vain Stakes, Exceed And Excel colt Bivouac, who is a winner of two races from five starts, including a last start win in the Group 3 $200,000 Widden Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championships on April 6.
The final field for the Vain Stakes will be released on Wednesday August 14, 2019.
Nominations for the 2019 Vain Stakes (1100m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||251x||AUSSIE||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||65|
|2||–||BILLJIM||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||–|
|4||2221||CONDO’S EXPRESS||C||3||Richard Laming||67|
|5||36x||DIRTY WORK||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|6||1x123015x||DUBIOUS||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||–|
|7||4×13||EXCESS FUNDS||C||3||Levi Kavanagh||68|
|8||3x||EXPRESS PASS||C||3||Nick Ryan||63|
|9||117x||I AM IMMORTAL||C||3||Anthony Freedman||80|
|10||21x||INDEPENDENT ROAD||G||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||68|
|12||17x||ORDER OF VALOUR||C||3||Henry Dwyer||63|
|13||112429x1x||SEBRAKATE||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
|14||6||SIR MENADUKE||G||3||Clinton McDonald||61|
|15||211||STAR SURPRISE||G||3||Michael Moroney||69|