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