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Arabian Gold Primed For Toorak

Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Doomben Roses winner Arabian Gold (Dubawi-Coablo, by Vettori) worked impressively over 1200m at Flemington yesterday ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield, reports horseracing.com.au. The 4YO mare is coming off a brilliant first-up win in the Gr3 Golden Pendant at Rosehill on 27 September which stamped her as a genuine contender in the big Gr1 races over the spring. "She took a couple of days just to get over the run, which she normally does, but she travelled down well and she is comfortable and happy at Flemington," Vandyke told RSNs Racing Ahead. "Craig Williams rode her in her gallop this morning [Tuesday] on the outside of the course proper and Craig was happy, the mare was happy, so I was happy. She went three quarter from the 1200m and was asked to do her last 600 in 37 (secs)." The Golden Pendant was the first time the daughter of Dubawi had been successful when resuming from a spell, which Vandyke believes augurs well for the remainder of her campaign. "She has always been a bit weak first-up and it was just great to see her so dominant really," Vandyke said. "She was just full of running hitting the line and 100 metres past the line she was three lengths in front of the rest and had her ears pricked. That was the sign I was looking for…her main mission will be second and third up, so we wanted her to come through her first-up run in good shape." Vandyke has mapped out an ambitious campaign for Arabian Gold which could include a tilt at the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on 25 October. "She would have to win or be desperately unlucky in the Toorak because I think the class of horse in the Cox Plate will be better than the Toorak," Vandyke said. "If I'm not happy with her performance in the Toorak I'll do one of two things; I'll either freshen her up and go to the Myer Classic over a mile on Derby Day, or the Mackinnon on that same day."

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