To Dubawi Goes To Grafton Guineas

By: Sarah Fortnum
July 12th, 2011

To Dubawi Go is out to continue her recent winning streak when she competes in the Grafton Guineas tomorrow.

The three-year-old filly was unable to win a race in her first 10 runs, however burst onto the scene with a narrow victory at Canterbury in her first run this preparation.

Trainer Neil Osborne has had faith in To Dubawi Go since her debut run in April last year.

“After her first run at Gundagai when she ran third over 1000 metres we didn’t think she was going to be a maiden for too long because we knew she would prefer it over a bit more ground,” Osborne said.

“But unfortunately she just had a few hiccups along the way and it took a bit longer than expected.”

Osborne said that To Dubawi Go has travelled well on her trip up from Canberra to Grafton.

“She travelled really really well,” he said.

“I brought her and a yearling that I bought at the magic millions as a mate and they have both settled in great.”

The trainer is not too concerned with To Dubawi Go’s fifth place finish at Goulburn last start.

“It wasn’t a great ride last start at Goulburn as she was stuck wide for a lot of the race,” Osborne said.

“She is stepping up in grade here but she has had two starts in town for two placing’s and the horse she ran second to Diamond Jim has won a few in metropolitan grade since.”

To Dubawi Go will be ridden by top country jockey Greg Ryan in the Grafton Guineas.

“I have had some success with Greg in the past and he is a very good jockey so I am happy to have him on,” Osborne said.

To Dubawi Go’s biggest test will be the unfavourable barrier draw of 11.

“She will get back a little bit anyway which she usually does but we should be able to slot in somewhere,” Osbourne said.

“I would like her probably fifth or sixth with a bit of cover.”

Osborne is confident that the $20,000 yearling will go the distance.

“I think 1600 to 2000 metres should be her best distance and we will probably step her up to the 2000 metres this preparation,” Osborne said.

“She gets in well at the weights which is good because she isn’t a real big filly and I think she looks a good chance.”

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