Stephen Rowe’s Kalgoorlie Cup aspirations with bargain-buy mare Danehills Daughter received a major boost at Belmont last Saturday.
Coming off a 42-day freshen-up, Danehills Daughter picked up from where she left off last campaign after notching her fourth straight win.
The five-year-old, who was bought for $5,500 by the partner of Rowe’s niece, has emerged as one of the staying finds of the Belmont Park season.
Her winning spree commenced in June and on the weekend she charged home from ninth to defeat Shinta Mani by one length over 2000m.
Rowe said he planned on giving Danehills Daughter another run before the Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) in a fortnight, but had a change of heart.
“She won’t be going for another run before the Kalgoorlie Cup and I’m going to send her in fresh,” Rowe said.
“She is fit, she is tough, she is fresh, she is strong and that’s where she will be headed to next, the Kalgoorlie Cup.
Meanwhile Key To Fame and Red Ora launch their Hannans Handicap (1400m) campaign in the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday.
Key To Fame, a Simon Miller-trained gelding, won successive races at Ascot in April before spelling and tuned up for his return when second in a trial.
The son of Al Maher has performed highly in the past when fresh with two first-up wins. He will start from barrier five for jockey, William Pike.
“He has come back real good and I’m rapt in him,” said Miller.
“His trial and work behind the scenes has been good.
“He can be lacklustre, but has been switched on the whole time.
“He is in for a great campaign and it’s a matter of whether he is up to that level.”
Red Ora raced poorly last campaign and has not been seen at the races since finishing 10th to Rock Magic in the Roma Cup (1200m) at Ascot in May.
Morton says he expects the Due Sasso gelding, who ran a cracking third to Royal Rada in the Hannans two years ago, will bounce back strongly.
“He is going well, races well fresh and loves Kalgoorlie,” Morton said.