Demonstrate will take his place in the 2015 Vain Stakes and trainer John O’Shea believes that the promising gelding will be suited by the expected quick tempo in the Group 3 event at Caulfield tomorrow.
Demonstrate failed to fire when he made his debut down the famous Flemington straight in The Flemington Family Handicap (1200m) on July 18, but he returned to his best form with a tight win in the 1Print Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 1.
O’Shea admits that Demonstrate got the dream run into the race in the 1Print Handicap, but he told Racing Ahead that he believes the son of New Approach could receive a similar run into the 2015 Vain Stakes.
“He probably had a few favours, but he was back from the 1200 to the 1000 and he was just a little bit dour in the last bit,” O’Shea said.
“Around the bend he is very effective and he looks to get a nice run again tomorrow.
“He continues to train well and he drops a little bit of weight.
“He is fit and well and there looks to be good tempo, so there are a few positives for him.
“I think we just let him find his feet.
“He has shown a good turn-of-foot around the bend and we will give him the chance to hit the line again.”
Demonstrate has been up and racing since he finished third behind Parmalove in the Only A Little Bit Over Maiden (1109m) at Seymour on May 27 and he has had five race starts already this preparation, but O’Shea said that the three-year-old will continue to race on if he performs well in the Vain Stakes this weekend.
“We will get through Saturday,” O’Shea said.
“Ideally we wanted to get a few of them up and going so that they have a fitness edge over the opponents because they probably don’t have a class edge over their opponents.
“He fits into that category and after Saturday we will just assess it from there.”
Demonstrate is currently available at 2015 Vain Stakes odds of $6 with Ladbrokes and he is on the third line of betting behind Danny O’Brien-trained Ragazzo Del Corsa ($3.40) and Peter Moody-trained Gold Symphony ($4.40), while there has been a sprinkling of support for market mover Stoker ($11 into $8.50), Mornington-based Equinova ($26 into $21) and the talented Braccenby ($7).