Tahni Dancer was included in the 2015 Inglis Guineas field that was released this morning and Clinton McDonald is hopeful that the talented filly can return to winning form in the $400,000 event at Scone on Saturday.
Tahni Dancer started her 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign with a flat fifth in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21 and she did not have a great deal of luck in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 6, but she had no excuses when she finished seventh behind Slightly Sweet in the Group 3 Carr Stakes (1400m) at the same venue on April 18.
McDonald told Racing Ahead that he was very disappointed with the performance of Tahni Dancer in the Carr Stakes, but he said that the Sebring filly had responded well to a freshen-up and he is hopeful that she can return to her best form in the Inglis Guineas this weekend.
“She will run in the Scone Guineas,” McDonald said.
“She had a little freshen up at the farm for ten day days and then she came back to the Rosehill stable of Gerald Ryan.
“She has done well.
“She was very disappointing the other day, she travelled up like she was going to win the race and Brenton just felt that she never let down in track because it was very shifty and very gooey, so she just didn’t seem to like it at all.
“Hopefully we get a better track on Saturday, I think it is a winnable race for her if she recaptures her best form and from all accounts she is going very well.
“She has a chance to win a nice race and she is a high class filly on her day.”
Tahni Dancer was one of 16 gallopers included in the 2015 Inglis Guineas field this morning and she will face stiff competition against what is a capacity field.
Sure And Fast will be returning to the races for the first time since he took out the Provincial Championship Final in impressive fashion at Royal Randwick on April 11, while Heavens Above is also taking winning form into the race following his maiden race win at Wagga Wagga on May 1.
Boomwaa failed to fire at Rosehill Gardens last weekend, but will have the chance to return to his best form when he takes out horses his own age in the Inglis Guineas on Saturday, while the likes of Bulletproof Monk, Charlie Who, Ygritte and Nayeli have also been included in the entries for the race.