Baker’s Diva now ready to make her long awaited de­but

The Sportsman Midweek - - Last Week's Results - SHAYNE O’CASS

BJORN Baker-trained mare DUBLIN DIVA should be near­ing a de­but – it’s been a long time com­ing but from ev­ery­thing she has done so far, it will be worth the wait.

A four-year- old bred at Waikato Stud in New Zealand, Dublin Diva is a daugh­ter of O’Reilly and a half to Pins stakeswin­ners Res­i­den­tial.

Dublin Diva fin­ished fourth of five in the 16th and last trial at War­wick Farm last Tues­day and was still one of the best tri­allers all morn­ing – on po­ten­tial, if not sheer bril­liance.

Baker would have been happy with his team not least STRAIGHT TORQUE, MODER­NITY, TUES­DAY SPE­CIAL and a cou­ple of two-yearold colts CAL­CU­LATED RISK and QUIET RIOT who were hav­ing their first tri­als.

Cal­cu­lated Risk is one ‘racey type’ while we have to mark Quiet Riot ‘up’ given that this Fast­net Rock son was go­ing ev­ery bit as well, maybe even bet­ter, than DETERGE who won the trial by a mere head.

Deterge was one of sev­eral Godolphn horses that ex­celled at last week’s heats.

Join­ing him were the two-yearolds TAILLEUR, PRO­MO­TIONS and a filly called SPE­CIAL SNAP who is rather green in patches

look like she’ll be win­ning Oak­leigh Plates any­time but she might be a 1600m/Oaks filly – if she’s ever good enough.

Speak­ing of breed­ing, there was no bet­ter bred horse in ac­tion all day that AR­CANE.

The un­raced three-year-old filly is by Lonhro and the 11th foal of Dar­ley’s re­mark­able brood­mare Ca­marena whose record is seven from seven (foals to win­ners that is) in­clud­ing Ca­mar­illa – the same of Guelph, who is her­self mother En­cryp­tion.

Ar­cane doesn’t give off the im­pres­sion that she is a speed-freak or any­thing like that – she’s been kept well within her lim­its in her two tri­als, this one and the first back in Septem­ber.

The last of the James Cum­mings horses for men­tion is LA ROMANINA, an­other un­raced three-year- old filly who wasn’t asked to rise to any great heights in her heat but looked good just the same.

Gary Portelli, mean­while, has quite a nice bunch of two-yearolds to work with this sea­son – the list we can now add WANDONNA who is a Lau­rel Oak filly by first sea­son sire Wand­jina.

The filly was cer­tainly com­pre­hen­sive win­ning her 804m heat, two weeks after pleas­ing third in her first pub­lic trial.

You don’t see many tri­als like that from FULL RECOG­NI­TION.

The Mark Newn­ham trained three-year- old missed the start by two lengths and was hav­ing his ears scrubbed off at 600m just to kept in touch.

If you didn’t know bet­ter, you’d have thought he’d get beaten 15-lengths or pulled up!

No chance, in­stead, Josh Parr got him go­ing wide, very wide, on the bend and down the out­side and over the top for un­likely of wins. SPME01Z01MA - V1

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