Dan Morton says Dainty Tess will pursue an interstate campaign, despite her disappointing showing in the Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on the weekend.

Morton went into the Group 1 race full of confidence after Dainty Tess caused a surprise to take out the Group 3 Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville a fortnight earlier.

But Dainty Tess couldn’t live up to Morton’s high expectations and despite being given a good run by jockey Jamie Kah, she could only manage 13th placing behind Shoals.

“It was disappointing because I went into it thinking she would run a huge race,” Morton told Tabradio’s The Sports Daily.

“I was really happy with her leading in and she had every chance in the run, it was working out really good for her.

“I’m not exactly sure where, but her hind shoe went sideways into her foot and she didn’t pull up fantastically.

“Initially straight after the race it didn’t look great and it took a fair walk to recover which was a bit of a shame.

“We are only guessing if that put her out of whack, you never know, but from Sunday she looks in good order.”

Morton said Dainty Tess will remain in Adelaide with a couple of options open to her including the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) on May 19.

“I’ve nominated her for that (Goodwood) and also a filles and mares Listed race on the same day,” Morton said.

“If I’m really happy with her leading in I will wait and see what the nominations look like and make a decision close to the time.”

Despite Dainty Tess going down in Group 1 company on Saturday Morton says her interstate campaign has been successful.

“We are not complaining and we are not done yet,” Morton said.

“We will get through the next one and if we are looking the goods we have two good options in Brisbane.”

Julio Santarelli