Conners Pleased with 2014 Caulfield Cup Barrier for Dear Demi

October 15th, 2014

Returning to racing in strong form this time in, trainer Clarry Conners is particularly confident of a successful run from Dear Demi in the 2014 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday after drawing barrier 13.

Trainer Clarry Conners is pleased with Dear Demi's barrier allocation for the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Trainer Clarry Conners is pleased with Dear Demi’s barrier allocation for the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing a commendable record of seven race wins and a further thirteen minor places from her 41 career starts to date, Dear Demi produced arguably a career-best effort in the 2013 edition of the Caulfield Cup; overcoming barrier 18 to finish a close third to Fawkner and Dandino.

Charging home to secure an impressive victory over talented company in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) last time out on September 26th, Conners is confident Dear Demi’s form line leading into the Caulfield Cup coupled with the central barrier draw, likely to cut into 11 when emergencies are removed, will play directly into the classy mare’s strengths on Saturday.

“The only other time she has done that in her career was in her last start before the Caulfield Cup last year, and she came out and ran a bottler,” Conners said of Dear Demi’s Stocks Stakes triumph.

“We had something in the 20s last year and she came into the 18 and ran the race of her life.

“I wanted to be in the middle of the field, where she can get in and get out when Jim (Cassidy) wants too. That’s what we got and hopefully we can a little better than last year.”

“She is a bright, happy horse and we can’t wait for Saturday.”

A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2012 edition of the Crown Oaks (2500m), Dear Demi secured several impressive results while unable to break through for a race win over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, namely third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) further to her Caulfield Cup placing.

Unable to make much of an impact over four autumn starts this year other than third in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m), the Dehere mare finished a credible fifth in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up and second in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) in the lead-up to the Stocks Stakes this time in.

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