Jan 17, 2014
Iron mare Dear Demi will have just four starts in the autumn culminating in the Group I Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and the Group I Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Few four-year-old mares would have had more trips to the races than Dear Demi. The daughter of Dehere has had an astonishing 29 starts since finishing fourth in the 2011 Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick as a two-year-old.
Being the first two-year-old race for fillies of the season, the Gimcrack Stakes seldom provides Group I performed mares but Dear Demi has been a glowing exception for owner John Singleton.
Her true worth was put on display over last year's spring carnival when she ran third behind champion gallopers It's A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel in the Group I Underwood Stakes (1800m) before another determined third placing in the Group I Caulfield Cup (2400m) behind Fawkner and Dandino.
Singleton's racing manager Duncan Grimley said that given the amount of racing she has done to date, Dear Demi will have a light autumn before having a well-deserved spell over the winter months.
"We are delighted with how she has come up, she's made enormous physical improvement since the spring,” Grimley said.
"Hopefully that will show on the racetrack.
"She's been back in work for about six weeks and should be about three weeks off a trial.
"Our plan is to give her a decent spell after the autumn she's earned it.”
Longevity is a precious commodity in racehorses, and Dear Demi is a perfect advertisement for the many options it can present, as seen by the variety of feature races connections will have to choose from when the autumn carnival rolls around.
"The Wiggle Stakes into the Coolmore Classic is one avenue we can take, depending on which horses accept and what weight we are allocated,” Grimley said.
"The Canterbury Stakes into the George Ryder Stakes is another option but again will also depend on who the likely opposition will be.
"And if for some reason we get too much weight in the Doncaster (Handicap) we can always go to the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at weight-for-age.”
"She's a tough mare that ran over the Brisbane winter as well as running enormously in Melbourne over the spring.
"She also loves backing up, those have been her best runs which gives us hope she can run a nice race in the Queen Elizabeth.”