The stable’s hot spring run continued at Sandown on Wednesday with a commanding performance by the in-form Lady D’Oro in the BM64 1300m contest for fillies and mares.
Having her first run since a dominant victory at Traralgon in late October, the talented four-year-old was patiently steered by Matthew Allen who had her in a nice rhythm midfield with cover from a tricky gate.
A chance to improve her position coming to the turn did not eventuate but Allen remained patient and had his charge into clear air straightening… though with 300m to go she still had eight horses in front of her.
But she really charged over the final stages and had the cheek to draw clear late, her 3/4 length victory – the third of her ten start career – a most impressive one.
“She is going well,” Allen said, noting that “she has come back better this time around.”
“She always had the talent but just lost her way a bit last time in.”
“We got some cover but did get shuffled back a bit coming into the straight and I thought they were getting away on her – but she dug deep.”
Patience, Robbie Griffiths said, has been the key with Lady D’Oro who has been sparingly raced – “we put her out on a good note (a Bendigo second) last time in; we thought that she was going through a development phase.”
“It proved to be a great decision as she has come back a bigger, stronger mare and she is going from strength to strength.”
A graduate of the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Lady D’Oro is a daughter of Medaglia D’Oro and the Bendigo winning More Than Ready mare Morrego from the family of the stable’s three times Group Three placed multiple city winner Nadeem Lass.
She is owned by a big group of enthusiastic stable supporters including her breeders, the Monds family of historic Tyreel Stud.