Dainty Tess Stamps Winterbottom Claims

3
Nov

Dainty Tess has laid claims on being the leading West Australian contender for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), making it back-to-back Prince Of Wales Stakes victories at Ascot.

After a brilliant win in the Crawford Stakes a fortnight ago, Dainty Tess was sent out favourite for today’s Group 3 event.

Following his eye catching trial at Lark Hill last week, Saracino was also well fancied to figure in the finish on his WA debut.

Super Maxi, one of four Chris Gangemi-trained runners in the race, and three-year-old Agent Pippa set a cracking speed in front, while Dainty Tess had just one runner behind her throughout.

Jockey Chris Parnham brought the mare to the outside in the home straight and she once again displayed her brilliant turn-of-foot to win by half-a-length to Lockroy, while Profit Street was third.

The win took Dainty Tess’ earnings, including Westspeed bonuses, past $1 million.

Trainer Dan Morton said it was a “special win” and indicated he was lucky to get the mare to the races, following a mishap in the stable during the week.

“I’ve had her in ice for two days,” he said.

“She’s that well that she jumped around in the roll yard yesterday and whacked herself.

“We double checked her again this morning and she was fine to go.”

Morton said he was looking forward to giving the mare another shot at the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

“We’ve got a live chance,” he said.

“There’s a bit of water to go under the bridge between now and then.”

It’s expected Dainty Tess will contest the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) in a fortnight.

Meanwhile, the decision to geld Lord Greystoke has paid immediate dividends, after he took out the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1000m).

Parnham set a strong tempo in front on the three-year-old, trained by his father Neville, and he couldn’t be caught in the home straight, holding off Festival Miss and Decalda.

Tim Walker