Dabernig wants final flourish
Lindsay Park will be doubly represented in Saturday's Listed A R Creswick Stakes at Flemington, with co-trainer Tom Dabernig seeking to add some stakes success before he departs.
Twice placed at Listed level, Aidensfield, a 11/2 chance for the 1200-metre contest, will bid to return to winning ways having not scored since landing her first two starts, while Snitzel gelding Pioneer River has been installed at 13/1 as he looks to get his head in front after three consecutive seconds.
"There was no real major issue, but her action wasn't quite the same so we gave her a good break and she seems free and normal again and her jump-outs have been good," Dabernig said of Aidensfield, who failed to trouble the judge in the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas in the spring and has not raced since disappointing in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes over 1200 metres on her return in February.
"She likes a little bit of give in the ground also, so hopefully she'll be well-placed over winter."
Pioneer River has excellent credentials on the Flemington straight course, but has found it hard to win of late.
Unplaced on debut behind Ole Kirk in the Listed Talindert Stakes, Pioneer River has had four subsequent straight races for a win and three seconds. His most recent was behind Saturday's topweight Curran over 1100 metres on June 5.
"He's got quite good form down the straight, so I'm expecting him to again run well," said Dabernig, who will leave the training operation at the end of the season.