Coach Mark Minervini prepared his daughter of a Caulfield Guineas winner for a big first performance at Mudgee before she heads to breeding sales.
Royal breed mare Dulcima could easily be a winner on and off the track this month for industry leading figure Tony Bott who kicks off Sunday in Mudgee in what looks like a glorious swan song for the Newcastle visitor.
The four-year-old Mark Minervini-trained is lot 627 at the nationwide Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast, where she is sure to attract considerable interest from ranchers thanks to her striking looks and epic pedigree.
Dulcima is a daughter of the winner of the Caulfield Guineas Shooting To Win by a half-sister of the Flying Spur of the winner of the Caulfield Cup and Metropolitan Handicap Railings.
Additionally, the third mother of the bald-faced chestnut is none other than Emancipation, who was crowned Australian Horse of the Year by retiring with six Group 1 wins.
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While Dulcima has never been able to reach those lofty heights, Minervini has perfectly tuned her for a first-place win in what could be her eleventh and final start before going under the hammer.
“He tried it alongside The Bopper and The Bopper did it pretty easily, but I thought Dulcima was probably doing just as well,” said Minervini.
“She won first for me at Taree over 1100 meters and she won a heavy one, so on Sunday she has a bit to do for her.”
Dulcima resumes Sunday in the Eduardo Cojuangco Jr Memorial Class 3 Handicap (1100m) with Mikayla Weir in the saddle.
Weir will also have the reins of the exciting young man from Minervini Donnacan in the Gooree Waygu 2YO Handicap even beyond 1100m.
Donnacan makes his debut after a recent outstanding test victory at Muswellbrook over 800m on 13 April, where he won by easing the final stages.
“She is a beautiful filly and I like her very much,” said Minervini.
“I don’t know if I would have raced with a Heavy 10 in first place, but there were no more rain forecasts, so I hope the track will improve and we can start it there.
“Mikayla has ridden a bit for me and is pretty optimistic about this filly’s potential. She is a filly that we like very much and she is definitely of the provincial level. ”
Donnacan is also a well-bred filly being a Toronada daughter from a mare of the former South Australian-based stallion Made Of Gold whose actions Minervini knows firsthand from his time as a Morphettville trainer.
Speaking of pedigree, Minervini’s third rider at Mudgee – track conditions permitting – is a blue blood of considerable proportions: Calaveras.
Once a member of Sheikh Mohammed’s lineage, Calaveras is the first foal of Godolphin’s 2014 Gimcrack Stakes winner and daughter of Lonhro, Calaverite.
“He’s tough in the wet and if the track doesn’t improve, I’d save him for another day,” said Minervini.
The Vormista manager meanwhile still has a lot to do in the 2021/22 season, but looks forward to The Four Pillars and the $ 7.5 million Golden Eagle with his dizzying talent, New Republic making a hat-trick when he next appears. .
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Race 7 No.9: DULCIMA
Great grandson of Emancipation who won first and on a heavy track and has been testing very well recently.
Race 1 N.9: DONNACAN
Also coached by Mark Minervini and showed talent in his latest test win. Tied to the best.
Race 5 N.9: LIFE WELL LIVED
Bathurst-trained gelding who broke through for his first win on the fifth start at Dubbo’s last start. Progressive type that can take the next step.
Race 4: 2,8,10
Race 5: 9.13
Race 6: 2,5,8,9
Race 7: 9
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Mikalya Weir has a great chance of winning the TAB Jockeys’ Challenge provided all of her mounts make it to Mudgee.
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Donnacan is a Mark Minervini-trained daughter of the underrated father Toronado who looked good by winning her trial at Muswellbrook last month when he calmed down late. She just has to handle the probable heavy track and she will be well on her way. Marilleir is a two-year-old girl trained by Tracey Bartley to debut even after a truly impressive rehearsal at Warwick Farm on April 22nd. Same thing for her; she now she has to go through the ground. Kris Lees’ Kamitori is a Vanburgh medium and can definitely gallop. Covalent is perhaps the best of the racing brigade.
BET: Donna can win.
Careering Away is a Dubbo-trained gelding who has raced this same track and distance once before and finished third. Hard Spun’s son has won five times on soft tracks but has on heavy tracks, his record being two from nine starts. Rates still top anyway. Fact Finder is a locally trained gray who won here on her debut at Mudgee at her most recent appearance and the track was a Soft 6 which is at least something to consider. She tries to travel, but she gives the impression that she will see him outside. Speedzone is another winner of the last start.
BET: Away career to win, quin 1,2.
Golden Doubt is a son trained by Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou of a well-known wet track father, Not A Single Doubt. Foal Dean Watt / Dynamic Syndications is down in class as he was fourth at Newcastle in his last outing and runner-up in Kembla first. Show Me Your Love is a great market watch trained by Kris Lees and picking up a second Scone debut in mid-November. My Khaleesi was terribly expensive, but it could still reward its loyal supporters.
BET: Golden Doubt to win, exact 1 to beat 13.
Eva Daniela, in Lucia Valentina’s colors, was expensive herself, beaten three times at $ 2.70 or less, but to be fair, she was third in all of them. She will have no better chance to make amends for her supporters than her from barrier four and Dylan Gibbons in the saddle. Miss Dungog is a gray filly who makes her Rodney Northam debut behind an impressive home test win in Scone on April 19th. That is fine. Lady Audrey has drawn wide, but is battle hardened and seems to be heading for victory.
BET: Eva Daniela wins, quinella 2.8, hat-trick box 2.5,8,10.
Life Well Lived is a light and handy three-year-old from the Andrew Ryan stable in Bathurst. The son of the winner of Golden Slipper Vancouver is known for possessing an outstanding achievement and put it to good use when he returned home to break his maiden status in Dubbo last time. He can continue to progress if circumstances allow. Second half he placed two of his four runs and has never been closer to winning than he is right now. He looks like an important player. The neon moon could easily peak here in third place. Saw That Coming and Vanilla Sky make claims.
BET: Life is loved in every way.
Responsible for getting a lot of scratches here, so it all depends on who makes the trip and who gets saved for another day elsewhere. Miss Redoble has been signed up for another competition next week and there will be many other coaches hoping she will be at home in her box on Sunday. Invincible Dash ran a huge race in the Wagga Town Prelude – sure, it says seventh out of 15, but it did great. The jailbreak is one of the main contenders if it comes, so also Great Buy and Cristal Breeze of course.
BET: Miss Redoble wins.
Dulcima will be impossible to miss in the race with his big bald face. The mare trained by Mark Minervini is a great-granddaughter of the great emancipation and above all she is a first winner who has also won on a heavy track. Tried it alongside The Bopper the other day and it went just as good as him. Dalavin has a large draw but very talented. He returns to country grade today after his freeway run last month. Tango Stepz could, should be, show up late to make his presence felt.
BET: Dulcima wins.