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Dundeel sets his Sights on Australian Derby
4/4/13 - Australia could well have a horse to surpass the achievements of last seasonís leading European three-year-old, Camelot, if the performance of the Murray Baker-trained Itís A Dundeel in the Group 1 M J Bale Rosehill Guineas, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is anything to go by.
Not that such an accolade would apparently surprise the four-year-oldís many home supporters, who sent off the son of High Chaparral the hot favourite for the 10 furlong contest and never had a momentís worries of landing the 30/100 odds as James McDonaldís mount taught a lesson to his rivals in what is normally a hard-fought top-flight affair.
McDonald bided his time at the back of the eight-strong field until giving his mount his head as they left the back straight. Reacting instantly to the signal, Itís A Dundeel powered around the outside to move from last to first with the minimum of fuss before striding away without ever being asked a serious question, beating Sacred Falls by six-and-three-quarter-lengths and instantly inviting the distinct possibility of landing the Triple Crown.
A Group 1 winner on only his second career outing in October when beating Proisir by a head to land the Chandon Spring Champion Stakes, Bakerís star was a beaten favourite on his next two starts in top company before the application of first-time blinkers at Warwick Farm saw him land the Royal Randwick Guineas last month - the first leg of the Triple Crown - Proisir once again losing out in a tight finish.
The prospect of Itís A Dundeel writing his name in the history books in the Australian Derby at Randwick later this month is sure to attract a tremendous crowd to the Sydney track, all eager to see Australiaís latest sensation keep racing firmly in the sporting headlines for all the right reasons.
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