Trainer ups the ante for up-and-coming stayer
MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matthew Dunn admits I'm Adamant's potential as a young stayer will be put to the acid test at Grafton today.
The four-year-old mare steps up to 2206m for the first time chasing a hat-trick of wins in the Blanchard Haulage Cup, a Benchmark 55 handicap.
"She's certainly in good form and should appreciate the step up in ground," Dunn suggested.
"But it's another test today.
"It's okay winning on your home track and her past wins were solid but it's a different kettle of fish travelling away against better class horses.
"I want to see if she can run out the trip strongly. If she can run out 2200 to 2400 metres strongly it opens up options."
I'm Adamant is lining up at Grafton after Dunn scratched the lightly raced daughter of Adam from Doomben Wednesday.
"She drew wide up there (Brisbane)," Dunn added.
I'm Adamant, owned by the Ken King Combo 34 syndicate headed by Ken King who has eight other horses in work with Dunn, has had just nine starts for three wins and two thirds.
"I'm training her to be a stayer," Dunn admitted.
"Her form has improved as she's stepped up in distance.
"She's doing a fair bit of distance work and coping well."
I'm Adamant began her winning run by scoring a five length win in a 1530m win at Murwillumbah in a Benchmark 50 handicap on August 13.
The mare then scored by a nose on her home track in a 2020m Class 3 handicap on August 29.
Glenn Colless, who was aboard in both wins, has the reins tomorrow.
"She's a good doer and has done well in between runs," Dunn added. "There looks to be a bit of pace tomorrow and that should suit us."
While I'm Adamant has led early in her past two wins, she was allowed to take a sit from the 1800m last start and finished her race off strongly to win albeit narrowly.
Dunn and Colless also combine with Lady Jezadane in the Clarence Valley Tyres Maiden (1006m).
The debutante drew wide in barrier 14.
"From the barrier I'm not sure where she will end up in running," Dunn said.
"She's probably good enough to win a race like this but she'll need luck from the barrier."