Dosh. (Image: Racing Photos)
Grahame Begg continued his recent run of success in early season juvenile races in Melbourne when the well backed Dosh won the $200,000 G3 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Thursday.
Dosh is one of three pre-Christmas city two-year-old winners for Begg in the past four years joining subsequent 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By and last season's dual stakes-winning juvenile Mildred.
Dosh opened as high as $11 when fields for Flemington's Kennedy Oaks day meeting was released on Monday and jumped as $5.50 equal favourite.
The daughter of Rich Enuff led throughout under Jordan Childs, almost throwing away victory inside the final 100 metres when greenly rolling towards the outside rail and holding a nose advantage at the finish.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Nice For What ($7.50) ran the quickest closing splits, her final 600-metres in 34.28 seconds, to finish second ahead of Butter Blonde ($8), a further length adrift.
"She’s got a lot of ability and Grahame (Begg) and the team really like her, but she’s probably not quite there in the head yet, but I glad she’s held on today," Childs said.
“She jumped out of the gates well, was travelling nice in front.
"She gave a good kick and then she seemed to spot things that probably another horse wouldn’t and just wants to shy away from them – I think that’s just a maturity thing.
"She’s got the ability and if she goes straight she wins by a clear margin. I guess it’s good for her to get to the races, have a day out. She’ll take a lot from it and improve a heap.”
Begg said he would spell Dosh, who already weighs in excess of 510kg, ahead of next year's two-year-old features
"She’s out of a great (that) goes back to Bold Promise, Dear Demi and Capitalist, they’re all the same family, and Merlene, it’s a great fillies family," Begg said.
"I’m sure that she’s going to be a very valuable filly in the future.
“She’ll be put away. She hasn’t a long time off from the time we broke her in, came back into the stable and through the preparation.
"She only had a couple of weeks off, she’ll go out, she’s done a massive job but she’s a massive ‘doer’ in the stable," he added.