IN FORM: Trainer Matthew Dunn is expecting big things from slight mare Say You Love Me.
IN FORM: Trainer Matthew Dunn is expecting big things from slight mare Say You Love Me. Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily Ne

Fragile mare ready for fight

IN-FORM Murwillumbah man Matthew Dunn admits to a balancing act with his promising mare Say You Love Me who lines up at Grafton on Friday seeking back to back wins.

The daughter of Bel Esprit tackles the Andrew Graham Electrician Benchmark 59 Handicap over 1410m.

Say You Love Me is not a robust mare, far from it and therein lies the problem for Dunn, a talented horseman.

“She’s probably looking for further but she’s not ready yet,” Dunn suggested. “I’m holding her back at this stage and keeping her to shorter races.

“She’s a mare that doesn’t hold much condition. She’s still a bit fragile.

“Her racing pattern suggests she wants further but she doesn’t eat enough and wouldn’t cope with the extra work needed to get over longer.

“She doesn’t carry enough weight. It is what it is at this stage.”

Despite her frailty Dunn believes Say You Love Me is a talented mare.

“She’s got plenty of talent,” Dunn added. “She quickens well and has done a good job so far.”

Owned by Geraghty Racing, managed by Mark Geraghty, Say You Love Me has recorded two wins and two seconds from just seven starts. Both her wins have been over 1400m at Grafton.

A tall mare but lightly framed, Say You Love Me won her maiden three starts back at Grafton on February 9 then was beaten a half-length when runner-up to Phast Lad in a 1400m Benchmark 55 event at the same track March 6.

Last time out Say You Love Me looked good nailing Imza Smoothie right on the line to win a 1406m Class 1 handicap at Grafton on March 29.

“Her last two runs have been very good,” Dunn said. “I reckon her run before winning was her best effort. She was trapped three and four deep but still ran on strongly down the outside.

“Her work’s been good and it does look a nice race for her.”

Matthew McGuren has the reins with Say You Love Me launching from barrier two.



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