Dee And Gee up­sets in Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tro­phy

Herald on Sunday - - RACING -

Out­sider Dee And Gee stunned the Ric­car­ton crowd yes­ter­day as she reg­is­tered her big­gest ca­reer vic­tory when win­ning the Listed Red­wood Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tro­phy (2500m).

The five-year-old Darci Brahma mare de­fied her ri­vals all the way down the long Ric­car­ton home straight af­ter rider Cameron Lam­mas sent her to the front with more than 1600m left to run in the con­test.

Those who ex­pected the $51 chance to weaken were sadly dis­ap­pointed as she kept up a strong gal­lop to dis­pose of the well fan­cied north­ern raiders Fe­laar and Men­tal Telepa­thy.

The run pro­vided an eye-catch­ing dress re­hearsal for the mare’s next chal­lenge, the group three Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m).

“She was a handy sort of horse last sea­son who I al­ways thought would get a bit of dis­tance,” co-trainer Peter Cor­bett said.

“She won over 2500m on Cup day last year, although this sea­son she just hadn’t come up like I thought she would.

“I thought he [Lam­mas] went too early but I didn’t know how she was trav­el­ling on the Slow8 track, but ob­vi­ously she han­dled it well.”

Rated an $81 chance in the Fixed Odds mar­ket for the New Zealand Cup prior to the win, Dee And Gee now sits at $21 with the Hast­ingstrained High Spir­its in­stalled favourite at $5.

Ear­lier in the day un­der­rated Woodville gal­loper Casaquin­man sprang an­other upset when he dashed home to win the Listed Yes­berg In­sur­ance Ser­vices Pe­ga­sus Stakes (1000m).

The Shane Brown-trained geld­ing was hav­ing his first start in a new cam­paign af­ter fin­ish­ing mid-field in the Au­tumn Sprint Cham­pi­onship (1200m) fi­nal at Tren­tham in May.

The Per In­canto six-year-old pos­sesses a pow­er­ful fin­ish­ing burst and he put that to good ef­fect as he chimed in out wide in the home straight to clear out from the chas­ing pack.

“We tar­geted Cup week from the time we turned him out,” Brown said.

“When a plan comes off it is fan­tas­tic.

“Full credit to Dy­lan [Turner] as he has made a huge ef­fort to get down to the 53.5kg so that shows you what he thinks of this horse.”

Rider Dy­lan Turner pro­duced an ec­static whip flour­ish at the fin­ish post af­ter claim­ing vic­tory and was still on a high when in­ter­viewed af­ter the race.

“He’s a lovely horse who makes you look good,” he said.

“The weight [53kg] was hard for me but I’ve known for a month now so I have had time to pre­pare for it.

“I was a lit­tle bit scared com­ing in to a race like this fresh but it just proves what he can do.”

Casaquin­man holds a nom­i­na­tion for Wed­nes­day’s group three Lin­dauer Stew­ards Stakes (1200m) with Brown in­di­cat­ing he would take his place in the field pro­vided he pulls up well from his week­end ex­er­tions.

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