Dear Demi To Gallop Between Races At Royal Randwick

By: Thomas Hackett
February 17th, 2015

Talented mare Dear Demi is one of a number of 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival hopefuls that will take part in exhibitions gallops between races at Royal Randwick tomorrow.

Dear Demi is working towards the start of her 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Dear Demi is working towards the start of her 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Dear Demi was originally set to return to racing in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, but her autumn starting date has been pushed backed and she could start her campaign instead in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28 if she impresses in her gallop over 1000 metres after the opening race at Royal Randwick.

The Dehere mare is set to return to Group 1 level in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 and could also contain the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 11 before a potential trip to Queensland for the 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Another talented galloper set to take part in an exhibition gallop between races at Royal Randwick tomorrow is Gary Portelli-trained I’m All The Talk, who will gallop over 600 metres at the conclusion of the third race.

I’m All The Talk has not been seen at the races since he failed to fire in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) at Caulfield on October 18, but he has been most impressive in two barrier trials at Warwick Farm on January 27 and February 9.

Leading Sydney trainer Anthony Cummings will also be taking advantage of the exhibition gallops at Randwick tomorrow and Group 2 winners Fontelina and Villa Verde will both gallop over 1000 metres tomorrow.

Fontelina missed the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival due to injury, but is working towards a return to racing and Cummings is hoping that the Testa Rossa gelding will be ready to return to racing in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on March 7.

Villa Verde did not come up during the spring and was sent to the spelling paddock after she failed to fire in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick on September 20, but Cummings is hoping that the Not A Single Doubt mare will be able to defend her title in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick on March 7.

The exhibition gallops at Royal Randwick tomorrow will be concluded at the conclusion of the fifth race when the Bart and James Cummings-trained duo of Maximilian and Commission gallop over 1000 metres.

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