Brooke Ennis claimed the first Group win of her training career when kennel star Dashing Man won the Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park tonight.
Dashing Man began uncharacteristically well from box four, settling comfortably on the rail first time past the post.
Duelling with Gambo Girl down the back straight, there was nothing between the two in the run home, with Dashing Man prevailing by the smallest of margins in 34.20 seconds for the 595m.
“I was a little bit worried with box four as he does like to rail but he came out well tonight,’’ said Ennis.
Dashing Man has proved to be ultra consistent over his relatively short racing career, placing 21 times out of his 27 race starts.
“He always tries hard and I was very impressed with his run tonight.’’
The $25,000 winner’s cheque took his career prize money to $71,585, however Ennis has a far bigger target in mind.
“We will be nominating him for the TAB Melbourne Cup heats,” she said, opting for the sprint series over the Group 1 Solo Bold Trease for stayers.
“We aren’t quite sure if he can run a strong 700 meters so we will take him to Sale (650m) first and see how he handles it there.’’
It was fitting that Ennis took out the John Dillon Memorial, after husband Jamie won the race in 2012 with Shelly Shelby.
Earlier in the night Kiss Me Ketut won the inaugural GRV Ready 2 Race Final for David Burnett, while Lisa Cockrell’s Peter Pettigrew claimed the VBIS Maiden Final.
The $500,000 TAB Melbourne Cup heats will be held next Thursday 14 November.