A mile up her street
Trainer Gary Subratie's AWESOME DESTINY gets a second bite at the cherry in Wednesday's ninth race at a mile after outclassing PRINCESS EMANUELLE, MR. DOITBETTA and speedy DANCING QUEEN at 1400 metres on July 30.
The reversal of a stewards' room victory over SIR BUDGET on July 9 has landed AWESOME DESTINY back in the class, reverting her status to imported non-winner-of-three and eligible to face rivals who she had blown away on last.
MR. DOITBETTA returns better in the handicaps to tackle the United States-bred filly after finishing almost five lengths behind her on July 30. However, the local-bred gelding is up against a rapidly improving filly, whose connections have settled on the right equipment and distance for maximum effect.
AWESOME DESTINY proved on last that the longer she goes, the better she'll be, blasting 1:25.3 on July 30, showing her appreciation for the long backstretch as opposed to sprint distances.
She also wore blinkers for the second time that afternoon and was definitely sharper in addition to confirming her love for the distance by registering her second victory out of the mile chute.
Asked to pick up the pace, she jumped on DANCING QUEEN at the half mile after tracking the Philip Feanny speedster out of the chute in splits of 23.2 and 34.1.
When AWESOME DESTINY tackled DANCING QUEEN coming off the home turn, she hit the front in 58.0, way faster than down-in class SHINING LIGHT's 58.4, at 1500 metres, among overnight allowance horses earlier that afternoon.
Subratie's runner coasted past the furlong pole in 1:11.1 while MR. DOITBETTA was hanging to his right under pressure and lost second to PRINCESS EMANUELLE, who was wisely held off the pace.
After putting in what was essentially an open-allowance performance, it will be difficult for any of AWESOME DESTINY's seven local-bred rivals to deny her on Wednesday.
Outside of MR. DOITBETTA, her other real threats are fillies - PINELOPE and BIRD CATCHER - both useful runners but yet to show the class and improvement AWESOME DESTINY demonstrated on last.
She'll be giving away weight all around but the distance and an expected fast pace should have her breathing down the leaders' necks coming off the home turn from where class and Robert Halledeen's jockeyship should tell.