Standoff, ridden by Dwayne Dunn, wins at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos/(Reg Ryan)
It might be the first Saturday in June but Grant Dalziel is already thinking about feature races in January with Flemington two-year-old winner Standoff.
Standoff ($26) settled at the rear under Dwayne Dunn but picked her way through the pack to win Saturday’s $100,000 Schweppes Bagotville Trophy (1100m), restricted to juvenile fillies, by three-quarters of a length.
Dalziel, who trains in partnership with son Peter, identified the 2021 Magic Millions raceday at the Gold Coast as Standoff’s long-term target, aided by further maturity.
Standoff is the younger half-sister to the Group 2-placed Fidelia. She was purchased for $30,000 from the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale before recouping almost double that sale price at her second start.
“She goes good, we’ve known that,” Grant Dalziel said before adding, “Even her (debut) run at The Valley was good. You won’t get that ($26) again.”
Dwayne Dunn was complementary of the daughter of Smart Missile post-race: “She’d since trialled up well so it wasn’t a shock to anyone at the stable to see what we saw today.”
“She looks immature in the yard and she’s doing everything on natural ability which is fantastic.
“I think she’ll get further. I had to come back at the 300 metres and get to the inside to get some clear room.
“She had a turn-of-foot and acceleration and, as I said, when you look at her in the yard she looks more like a yearling than a two-year-old so with her natural ability hopefully everything else falls into place.”