While Jim Cassidy thought Dear Demi won today’s $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington “fair and square”, trainer Mick Kent was contemplating post-race whether Summerbliss should have won.
Kent was disappointed that Craig Williams aboard Summerbliss was never able to push the daughter of Danehill Dancer into clear galloping room until the final 200 metres.
“I just wanted her to get off the fence from barrier one," Kent said.
“I honestly wouldn’t care to see her three wide the trip…I just wanted her away from the fence.
“She is a big, long striding filly who can’t quicken brilliantly. And with that in mind, she got stopped in her tracks three times over the final 600 metres and was finishing the strongest on the line," he added.
Dear Demi ($5-$5.50-$5) defeated Zydeco ($2.30-$2.50-$2.40 favourite) by 1¼ lengths with Summerbliss ($8-$9) a further 1¾ lengths away in third.
Kent says Summerbliss, who has only had three runs for a win, a second and a third, will be spelled ahead of an autumn campaign aimed at the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick.
Kent won the AJC Oaks for the same owner Rick Jamieson with Absolutely in 2011 when she became the first maiden galloper to win the race in 50 years.