Well proven as a fine trainer of stayers, Pat Carey produced another smart up and comer at Flemington on Saturday when Dame Claire (4m Danehill Dancer x Lovely Actress, by Kaldoun)took out the Listed VRC Andrew Ramsden Stakes.
She ran a bold race up on the pace and found plenty under pressure to win her first Black Type event by a length and a half in the 3200 metre marathon staying test.
“I’ll take a lot of pleasure from that win as she’s not a big horse, but very durable and very tough… it was good to watch,” said Carey.
“Winter stayers don’t normally win spring cups, but I’m sure we can find some nice races for her along the way.”
Dame Claire was a $30,000 purchase for her trainer from the Monovale Farm draft at the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale and has won five of 24 starts and more than $190,000 in prizemoney.
Pat Carey is no stranger to success with the Danehill Dancer breed, his first Group I winner being one of his daughters in Arapaho Miss, who won the VRC Oaks in 2007.
Dame Claire is one of three winners, but the first stakes-winner for blue-blooded mare Lovely Actress (Fr), a half-sister by Kaldoun to Group I winner Cape Verdi from the family of multiple Group I winners Aquarelliste and Artiste Royal, who are both by Danehill.
Dame Claire is the 135th stakes-winner worldwide for veteran shuttle sire Danehill Dancer, who turns 20 next year.