Trainer Jason Warren had one instruction for jockey Ben Melham before Dubleo (Southern Halo – Secret Red, by Secretariat) filly Double Dee’s impressive victory in the Orbit Fitness Maiden Plate (1000m) at Mornington.
Double Dee had seven rivals to contend with in the $17,5000 event but Warren wanted to take bad luck out of the equation in the daughter of Dubleo’s second race start.
“I didn’t expect her to lead but I just said to Ben, ‘just keep her out of trouble’,” Warren said.
Melham took the initiative aboard Double Dee, sending the three-year-old straight to the front to ensure he capitalised on the filly’s inside draw.
Double Dee travelled reasonably well midrace for Melham before railing perfectly rounding the home turn to open a big margin on her opposition from the 200 metres.
Melham was able to ride Double Dee kindly over the concluding stages but she still had three lengths to spare on the line to please the top jockey.
“I think she’s above average,” Melham said. “She didn’t beat a lot here today but there is good improvement in her and I was happy with the way she did it.
“I just wanted to keep her out of trouble today in this moderate opposition. She’s pretty tractable so you can probably ride her where you want.”
Warren said Double Dee earned a city test with her maiden success, which earned her connections a $10,500 winner’s cheque.
“She’s not fully wound up for today and we were using this as a stepping stone to a better race,” Warren said. “I think there’s a race for her on New Year’s Day at Flemington, a six-furlong race and we’ll hopefully get her to that.”
Warren paid $32,000 for Double Dee at the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Her dam, Sunset Express, is a daughter of former Vinery Stud resident Success Express.
Vinery presented Sunset Express’s next foal to the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 2011 which sold to Cox Plate winning trainer Greg Eurell for $230,000.