Trainer Jason Deamer was more than happy to see Kalashnikov win the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes a couple of Sundays ago.
That’s because his horse Double Ex ran a gallant third behind the Team Snowden juvenile on debut at Gosford three weeks ago.
It confirmed to Deamer that he has something above average to work with.
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Nash Rawiller will again wear the Dynamic Syndications colours when he partners Double Ex and Chocolatier for Jason Deamer at Kensington on Wednesday. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
“The horse that beat him went on to win the Black Opal and after that you probably think you’ve got a better horse than you thought,” Deamer said.
“After the race Paul Snowden actually said to that he liked my horse which was nice to hear coming from someone like him.”
Deamer isn’t the only one who gained something out of that race three weeks ago.
His horse is much better shape going into his second start on Wednesday at Randwick on the Kensington track where he won’t have to be driven out of the widest gate like last time.
“He was still quite raw leading into that race and he’s trained on very well since and has a nice barrier,” Deamer said.
“I’ve added a cross over nose band because he went a touch fierce at Gosford and he’s been training in it very well.
Dean Watt, managing director of Dynamic Syndications who own Double Ex and Chocolatier.Source:News Limited
“I’d say he’s improved mentally and physically because he only had one trial leading into it so he’s going to improve fitness-wise but he doesn’t have to improve much I don’t think.
“He just had to give him a little dig from the wide gate last start and he just got going that little bit.”
From barrier two Nash Rawiller will again be positive on the Exosphere three-year-old and Deamer thinks there’s just one main threat in the race.
“From the good barrier he can put himself, hopefully having to do no work, and he can be in the finish,” he said.
“I think he’s better up on the speed. He’s a very big horse with a big stride on him.”
“There looks to be just one main danger, Zain’s Girl and that’s why we decided to go to this race.
“He’s definitely my best chance. If he wins we might give him a little break while the carnival is on but we’ll have a chat with the team at Dynamic.”
Chocolatier (Red Cap) is a good chance despite his wide draw on Wednesday. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
Chocolatier is Deamer’s other hope in the seventh race and punters haven’t seen him for six weeks since he ran fourth at this track behind Guise.
He hasn’t been far off the winner on a few occasions this time in and dropping back in trip shouldn’t affect him due to his good his good record at the trip.
“He’s a good old horse,” Deamer said.
“It wasn’t the plan to go this long between run but a few meetings have been washed out.”
He’s got an awkward gate and will likely be ridden for luck but if he gets in and the pace is on he can come home hard.
“He’s drawn wide but two starts back Nash rode him quiet from a wide barrier and he hit the line very well so he doesn’t have to lead,” Deamer said.
“I’ll leave it up to Nash, he’ll work it out.”
SALINA HAS DAVIES DREAMING OF STAKES SUCCESS
Gosford trainer Angela Davies has been dealt a blow with her star horse Through The Cracks ruled out for Sydney’s autumn carnival.
The Provincial Championships winner of 2020 came of age when storming home to run fourth in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes in December and was set for a big carnival.
“He’s back out in the paddock, unfortunately,” Davies said.
“He’s had a bit of a mishap with his front leg and he’s out for another seven weeks.
“He was just coming back and went to the water walker and came back lame so it’s a big blow.”
Davies isn’t giving up hope of finding him a big race in Queensland in the winter.
“He was our carnival horse. We still might be able to get up to Brisbane. I thought he was a horse that could’ve got to a Stradbroke,” she said.
Another horse that could be heading north this year is Salina Dreaming, who runs in the last race at Randwick on Wednesday on the Kensington track.
Salina Dreaming. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
Davies highly rates the Dream Ahead four-year-old who has won four from eight to kick off her career.
“She’s going great. She looked great in the trial and I think the mare has got a bit of a future. If placed right, we might be able to find a Listed race,” she said.
“She’s always running good time and if we get the right conditions she might be able to pick up a fillies and mares Stakes race somewhere.
“She’ll go up to Brisbane in the winter.”
She will run today if the track doesn’t get into the heavy range even though she’s won two from two on soft ground and placed three times from four attempts on the heavy.
“I just want to avoid a wet track. She’s good on top of the ground,” Davies said.
“Hopefully it’s not carved up by the last race. She’s won on the Soft a few times but has failed on a heavy track before.”
Originally published asKensington preview: Deamer’s shot at winning Double
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