Dainty Tess On Trial For Eastern States Campaign


Speedster Dainty Tess will be on trial for an eastern states campaign when she clashes in the Majorie Charleson Classic (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Dainty Tess is hot favourite for the $100,000 feature and resumes after finishing third to Rebel King in February’s Listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m).

“Two weeks after this race I want to have her in Adelaide for a fillies and mares race and a fortnight after that into the Sangster Stakes,” Morton told Tabradio’s The Sports Daily.

“We are under no illusion it’s going to be a very very hard race, but if she could strike black-type it would be very nice.

“The plan after that one is three races in Brisbane for fillies and mares over 1350m which should suit as well.

“I’m looking forward to stepping her out over further ground this time around.”

Back in action without a trial, Dainty Tess (57.5kg) looks well placed to strike first-up under set weights and penalties.

Morton, who won the Majorie Charleson last year with Dendee, said he expects Dainty Tess to be hard to beat.

“It’s a bit of a luxury for her not having too much of a spread in the weights,” Morton said.

“I can’t remember when she carried that sort of light weight for a while.

“She is first-up without a trial, but is pretty forward.

“She is pleasing us no end on the track.

“I do expect her to be prominent again.”

Dainty Tess, a winner of 10 races from 31 starts, has accumulated almost $800,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.

In a field of eight runners the War Chant mare has drawn barrier two.  In-form rider, Shaun O’Donnell takes the mount.

Dainty Tess is $1.85 with Tabtouch.

Julio Santarelli