Unanimously passes on the Caviar

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale has elected to bypass a clash with superstar sprinter Black Caviar in favour of a possible tilt at the Oakleigh Plate next weekend.

Having been nominated earlier in the week to take his place in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes [1000m] Dale admits it was merely a case of testing the waters and was never really looking to take on the great mare.

"Obviously if we did go to the Lightning we were going to be racing for second place and we figured that given that race does sometimes fall away to only have five or six runners we thought it could be worth it as the prize money for second place is very good," Dale said.

"When there was eight acceptances we weren't going to be number nine, we just had him in there just in case."

Unanimously resumed with a hapless performance to finish a close fourth in the Listed Canterbury Classic behind Skytrain last start with Dale now looking to weigh up his options for next weekend.

"Luckless is probably the only way you can put it, not one thing went his way at all particularly the pattern of how he likes to race, so I felt his run under the circumstances was very good," Dale said.

"With luck in running I felt he probably should of won if not definitely finished second in the race."

"We'll nominate and accept with him for both the Oakleigh Plate on the Saturday and an open Handicap on Friday night at Mooney Valley over 955m.

"At the moment we haven't got any early leans, at this stage we'll just what and see what our options are, the Oakleigh Plate is obviously a very hard race but it is under handicap conditions and if he draws well then we will look to run him there."

Having yet to compete in Group 1 company previously, the son of Not A Single Doubt has proven ultra competitive in Listed company in both NSW and more recently Victoria.

"I think it is a little bit of a coincidence, all his runs down in Melbourne have been great but he has won a lot races going Sydney way so I think he is adaptable to race both ways," Dale said.

"He has genuinely improved off his first up run in previous preparations but there's no denying he'll have to if he does go the Oakleigh Plate.

"In the Oakleigh Plate he should look to get about 52kg which he has never had on his back before and if he goes to the Mooney Valley race I expect him to be ultra-competitive."Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale has elected to bypass a clash with superstar sprinter Black Caviar in favour of a possible tilt at the Oakleigh Plate next weekend.

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Having been nominated earlier in the week to take his place in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes [1000m] Dale admits it was merely a case of testing the waters and was never really looking to take on the great mare.

"Obviously if we did go to the Lightning we were going to be racing for second place and we figured that given that race does sometimes fall away to only have five or six runners we thought it could be worth it as the prize money for second place is very good," Dale said.

"When there was eight acceptances we weren't going to be number nine, we just had him in there just in case."

Unanimously resumed with a hapless performance to finish a close fourth in the Listed Canterbury Classic behind Skytrain last start with Dale now looking to weigh up his options for next weekend.

"Luckless is probably the only way you can put it, not one thing went his way at all particularly the pattern of how he likes to race, so I felt his run under the circumstances was very good," Dale said.

"With luck in running I felt he probably should of won if not definitely finished second in the race."

"We'll nominate and accept with him for both the Oakleigh Plate on the Saturday and an open Handicap on Friday night at Mooney Valley over 955m.

"At the moment we haven't got any early leans, at this stage we'll just what and see what our options are, the Oakleigh Plate is obviously a very hard race but it is under handicap conditions and if he draws well then we will look to run him there."

Having yet to compete in Group 1 company previously, the son of Not A Single Doubt has proven ultra competitive in Listed company in both NSW and more recently Victoria.

"I think it is a little bit of a coincidence, all his runs down in Melbourne have been great but he has won a lot races going Sydney way so I think he is adaptable to race both ways," Dale said.

"He has genuinely improved off his first up run in previous preparations but there's no denying he'll have to if he does go the Oakleigh Plate.

"In the Oakleigh Plate he should look to get about 52kg which he has never had on his back before and if he goes to the Mooney Valley race I expect him to be ultra-competitive."

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