Experienced jockey Jim Cassidy is convinced Dear Demi will once again be a carnival player this autumn following an exhibition gallop at Randwick on Wednesday.
In 37 starts, Dear Demi has displayed longevity that few horses can match. She debuted as a two-year-old in the first female juvenile contest of the 2011-12 season – the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) in which she finished fourth.
By the next season, she had won the Group I VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) before going on to compete in the biggest weight-for-age contests on the Australian calendar as an older horse.
Among her best finishes was her third behind champion gallopers It’s A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel in the 2013 Group I Underwood Stakes (2000m) before running another third two starts later in the Group I Caulfield Cup (2400m) behind Fawkner and Dandino.
Her most recent win came in the Group II WH Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last September and Cassidy, who partnered the mare in Wednesday’s track gallop, believes she has returned as good as ever ahead of the 2015 autumn carnival.
"She’s flying, not just in the gallop but in herself, she’s going terrific,” Cassidy said.
"She’s a marvel, just keeps turning up every preparation.
"Whatever she runs in she’s going to be competitive.”
Dear Demi clocked 61.73 seconds for the 1000 metre gallop, coming home the last 600 metres in 35.3 seconds.
The mare is set to resume in the Group III Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.