Star Perth mare Dainty Tess will chase a maiden Group 1 victory in next month’s UBET Classic (1200m) after upstaging hometown star Viddora to win Saturday’s Group 3 R.N. Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville.
The pair raced alongside each other in the run with jockey Joe Bowditch playing for luck on the inside aboard Viddora as Jamie Kah peeled the Dan Morton-trained galloper to the middle of the track upon straightening.
The victory saw the daughter of War Chant avenge her three-length defeat to Viddora in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Morton is optimistic his talented four-year-old can repeat the dose at Group 1 level in a fortnight.
“She’s the sort of mare that you rock up every time and expect to win to be honest,” Morton said.
“Obviously today was her biggest test to date, behind the Winterbottom last year which Viddora won, but she travelled over excellent and without being cocky, I was confident.
“We obviously came here with the Sangster (UBET Classic) in mind, against the fillies and mares, and then off to Brisbane.”
Earlier in the day, Tony McEvoy and Beau Mertens combined for a Listed victory when Written Tycoon gelding Despatch easily accounted for his rivals in the Redelva Stakes (1100m).
And seven days after steering Lindsay Park’s Fundamentalist to victory in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes, popular Swan Hill jockey Harry Coffey was to the fore at Morphettville again on Saturday, this time partnering Darren Weir’s Schweppes Oaks-bound filly Sopressa to victory in the Listed Auraria Stakes (1800m).