Osborne's shout at the Bar
To Dubawi Go will look to continue her winning form in the Tursa Employment & Training Grafton Guineas on Wednesday.
It took the three-year-old Dubawi filly 11 starts to break through for a maiden win which came at Canberra three starts ago, and was backed up with a win the very next start at Kembla Grange.
“After her first run at Gundagai when she ran third over 1000 metres we didn’t think she was going to be a maiden for to long because we knew she would prefer it over a bit more ground,” said Canberra trainer Neil Osborne.
“But unfortunately she just had a few hiccups along the way and it took a bit longer than expected,” he added.
To Dubawi Go has been up in Grafton since Sunday and Osborne couldn’t be happier with the way his filly travelled the 10 hour journey and has settled in to her new surroundings.
“She travelled really really well,” said Osborne.
“I brought her and a yearling that I bought at the magic millions as a mate and they have both settled in great.”
The filly last ran at Goulburn on June 27 in a Class 2 over 1400 metres finishing a disappointing fifth to Christmas Island.
“It wasn’t a great ride last start at Goulburn as she was stuck wide for a lot of the race.”
“She is stepping up in grade here but she has had two starts in town for two placing’s and the horse she ran second to Diamond Jim has won a few in metropolitan grade since.”
To Dubawi Go has not drawn the best in barrier 11 of 15 however will be piloted by top country jockey Greg Ryan.
“I have had some success with Greg in the past and he is a very good jockey so I am happy to have him on.”
“She will get back a little bit anyway which she usually does but we should be able to slot in somewhere.”
“I would like her probably fifth or sixth with a bit of cover.”
Both of her wins have come over 1400 metres however Osborne feels her best distance is over a bit more ground.
“I think 1600 to 2000 metres should be here best distance and we will probably step her up to the 2000 metres this preparation.”
Carrying 54 kilos To Dubawi Go looks well weighted on Wednesday and Osborne is confident his trip to Grafton will reap some rewards.
“She gets in well at the weights which is good because she isn’t a real big filly and I think she looks a good chance.”
The race looks to have plenty of chances with horses coming from Queensland, Sydney and Canberra to compete against local horses from Grafton and surrounding areas.