Unanimously Back To Melbourne For Stakes Success
After leaving punters scratching their heads at Rosehill when resuming, stakes winning sprinter Unanimously looks to be back on track to collect his second win in Listed company when he contests Saturday's Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley.
Failing to add to his perfect record fresh, Unanimously showed sharp improvement second up after Canberra based trainer Matt Dale elected to race the gelding in Melbourne.
"Nothing went to plan first up," Dale said.
"He was just badly ridden and nothing worked in his favour that day."
After a tough run in transit racing up on the speed, Unanimously stuck to his task well in the straight to finish second behind the Jason Warren trained Freereturn.
"Obviously second up his run was outstanding," Dale said.
"First time Mooney Valley, he sat three deep got left on a limb and the horse that beat him has since won again in Listed company."
Having scored in Listed company last preparation when racing third up, Dale will be hoping a return trip to Mooney Valley will reap dividends for the son of Not A Single Doubt.
"He's really enjoying the 1000m - 1100m races down there," Dale said.
"He performed well at the Valley the other day so we wanted to give him another chance to improve on that effort.
"He hasn't missed a beat in-between runs so we're very happy with him third up over 1000m down there on Saturday."
Facing his toughest test to date, Unanimously will line up against multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Atomic Force, when he makes his return to racing after his profitable trip across the Tasman.
"Obviously it's a lot harder race on Saturday," Dale said.
"We are coming into Spring now so all the good sprinters are coming back.
"Saturday should provide us with a good yard stick as to where he is at in the mix of the better sprinters over the carnival."
With rain forecast all week in Melbourne, Dale has no concerns with a likely heavy track on Saturday.
"He's never seemed to have had too much issue on a wet track," Dale said.
"He's just a genuine horse that seems to be able to adapt to all conditions."
Pairing up with the horse for the first time will be big race rider Steven Arnold.
In the early markets TAB Sportsbet currently has Unanimously on the third line of betting as a $7 chance with the Michael Moroney trained African Pulse the $3.70 favourite following a last start win at Flemington. Atomic Force has been installed second favourite at $4.40.