Respected Sydney trainer Clarry Conners has used Saturday’s Group 2 $300,000 Mumm Wakeful Stakes (2000m) successfully in the past as the final lead up run for his fillies heading towards the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington five days later.
At Flemington on Saturday Conners will saddle up last start winner Dawnie Perfect who is rated a $6 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Conners has claimed three Crown Oaks with the mighty filly Research (1988) and Arborea (1993) both winning the Wakeful stakes prior to their Oaks victory while Dear Demi ran fourth before winning at Flemington one the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“It’s been the proven theory for a long time. I’ve won the Oaks three times before and they have all raced in the Wakeful,” Conners told Racenet.
“A fellow called Bart Cummings probably did it about 10 times. If you race in the Wakeful, it just takes that edge off them so they don’t pull.
“If I wasn’t running her in the Wakeful and she was going to run 2500 on the Thursday, I’d be working her over 2000m on the Saturday.”
Evergreen jockey Jim Cassidy steered Dear Demi to her Crown Oaks victory and has teamed up again with Conners on Dawnie Perfect in the Wakeful Stakes as she heads towards the Oaks.
“Having him (Cassidy) on is terrific because of his confidence. He got off her the other day and he said “she’ll win the Oaks’,” Conners said.
“She does relax and she’ll stay the Oaks trip.”
Cassidy rode a quiet race out the back on Dawnie Perfect before the daughter of Big Brown stormed home to beat Honesta and Wakeful Stakes rival Ambience in the Group 3 $150,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
The top two fillies in Ladbrokes’ Crown Oaks market order, Sacred Eye ($3.20) and Jameka ($3.80) aren’t going around in the Wakeful Stakes and Conners can that as a disadvantage for them.
Sacred Eye was too strong for the colts and geldings in the Group 3 $500,000 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m) at Caulfield on October 17 while Jameka was also better than the boys in winning the Group 2 $200,000 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last week.
“I’m happy some of the favourites aren’t there. I know a couple ran last week but you can’t go from the Caulfield race straight into the Oaks,” Conners said.
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The John O’Shea trained Ambience heads the Wakeful Stakes market order at $4.50 slightly ahead of the Robert Smerdon trained My Poppette ($4.60) who regained winning form in the Group 2 $200,000 Alliance Broking Services Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley last week.
Wakeful Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.50 Ambience, $4.60 My Poppette, $6 Dawnie Perfect, $8 Muzyka, $14 Beluga Blue, Princess Aria, $17 Bengal Cat, $18 Dawn Of Hope, $19 Ritzy, $21 Bannatyne, $31 The Grey Flash, C’est Beau La Vie, $34 Lazumba, Zarabeel, $71 Ashlee Marie.
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