Clear favourite Dublin Lass has completed a perfectly-time performance to return to the winner’s circle in the Listed Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) at Doomben this afternoon.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Tommy Berry settled Dublin Lass well within the field of 16 and allowed early leaders Hidden Pearl, Miniature and Champagne Cath to set a noticeably quick tempo away from the barrier and approaching the turn.
Finding the final straight wide and with plenty to do, the talented daughter of O’reilly needed only a few strides to find ideal running position on the outside of the main pack and exploded forward; finding Glenbawn Dame and Hidden Pearl at the front of the field with less than 100m before comfortably crossing the line in the clear.
Tommy Berry delivered a gem of a ride aboard Dublin Lass for success in the 2015 Bright Shadow Quality and was quick to praise the training efforts of Peter Snowden in the success.
“I thought she was my best ride on the card,” Berry said.
“I thought I’d be three pairs back at worse and I was five pairs back!
“Peter’s really mapped the preparation out perfectly and she had the right run today because they went quite hard.
“She sprinted like she always does, very quick.
“I’m not sure what Pete would have been saying halfway around but I’m sure he was happy at the end.”
Glenbawn Dame was given little chance for success as a $41 in the talented Bright Shadow Quality field, but came close to continuing a perfect record this time having won the Arctic Kiss Ice Bar Plate (1000m) first-up on May 13th.
Hidden Pearl had won all three of her previous starts this season prior to the 2015 Bright Shadow Quality but noticeably weakened over the dying stages of this afternoon’s race.
Dublin Lass’ next competitive point of call is yet to be determined, however a step-up to 1350m for the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich on June 13th figures as a credible option.