Michael Dee wins aboard Hear the Chant at HQ (Image: Racing Photos)
Hear the Chant again rebounded off a luckless first up run at Moonee Valley when winning Saturday’s $100,000 Baden Racing Trophy (1100m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington.
Trained by David and Ben Hayes in partnership with Tom Dabernig and ridden by Michael Dee, Hear the Chant ($8) raced in a prominent position throughout before moving into the lead with 250 metres remaining.
Hear the Chant maintained her advantage from the fast-finishing Concealer ($11) to win by a long neck, with Overstep ($8.50) a further three-quarters-of-a length adrift.
“We were confident with how she was going, we just weren’t sure with how she’d handle the straight because she’d raced here once before and she was disappointing,” Dabernig said, referring to her ninth-placed effort in last November’s $200,000 Group 3 Crown Resorts Plate (1100m).
Hear The Chant is a Nicconi filly bred by the Devitt and Gordon family, long time stable clients of Lindsay Park. She went to the line untested when finishing last in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last September and again didn’t enjoy galloping room when fifth, first up in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) on February 24.
Dabernig suggested Hear the Chant may now be prepared for three-year-old fillies stakes races in Adelaide.
Of the beaten runners, Dean Yendall suggested Kentucky Miss ($4 favourite) who finished sixth would prefer a track with more give, while Leotie ($5.50) failed to beat home another runner, with Mark Zahra describing her first-up effort as 'ordinary'.