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Grand slam-winning jockey Jim Cassidy declared "those fillies won’t be beating us again this prep” after Dear Demi overpowered her rivals in the Group II Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Cassidy elected to ditch the ride on Steps In Time in the upcoming Coolmore Classic in favour of Dear Demi and "The Pumper” is convinced the John Singleton-owned filly will deliver the goods during the autumn.

"I put my neck on the block (after her first-up third in the light Fingers Stakes) and said I don’t think they’ll beat her again,” he said.

"They couldn’t beat her today and don’t think of any of these three-year-old fillies will be beating her again. She’ll head to the Coolmore and then onto the (AJC) Oaks.”

Cassidy said a "bigger backside, bigger engine” were responsible for Dear Demi’s improvement over the break.

Winning trainer Clarry Conners wasn’t on-course but his son Marc said Clarry was confident the daughter of Dehere could win Saturday’s race before digressing to her chances in the Coolmore Classic.

"It never used to be a three-year-olds race but the last few years there’s been a few good winners in that (age bracket),” he said.


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