Dogmatic Salutes At Big Odds

Apr 04, 2017

A change of gear - the addition of blinkers - made all the difference for Very Dogmatic who was impressive breaking her maiden at Geelong on Tuesday.

Jumping straight to the front, the lightly raced three-year-old was always in command of her rivals in the 1125m contest and she had them off the bit and chasing at the turn.

And none of them could get close to her as she gave a strong kick in the run home, her winning margin a soft 2 1/4 lengths.

Having just her second run this time in, Very Dogmatic had struck soft going when resuming but her dry track form read well - better than her odds of 40-1 suggested!

"She had been working well in the blinkers so we thought she'd run a good race," said the stable's Beth Schoen.

"It was not the plan to lead but she did it that easily and there is definitely improvement in her."

Jockey Nathan Rose was happy with the performance, noting that Very Dogmatic "jumped well and had a nice time of it."

"She changed leg at the top of the straight and gave a really good kick."

A home-bred for Gerry Harvey, Very Dogmatic is a daughter of the Oakleigh Plate winner Swiss Ace and the winning Zeditave mare More Assertive.

Also dam of the Gr.3 winner Mywayorthehighway, More Assertive is a half-sister to the Gr.1 Perak Derby winner Sakima from the immediate family of big race winners Reset, Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass.