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Trainer Barry Lockwood is confident promising filly Adoradancer can pass her next test when she backs-up at Doomben on Saturday.
Adoradancer showed above average ability winning for the second time in four starts at Doomben last week and will line-up in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1350m).
Lockwood doesn’t yet rate Adoradancer in the same class as his former stable star Hidden Pearl and Tumbler but believes she has the potential to be as good with further development.
She’ll race a lot handier and I expect her to be in the first four in the run.
The QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap has attracted a strong field including Sydney sprinters Hostwin Meraki and Chris Waller’s Colosimo who is now trained at the Gold Coast.
“It’s a strong field but I don’t think it’s a matter of any danger to her,” Lockwood said.
“Hostwin Meraki’s wins were at Newcastle and Hawkesbury and her form is equal to that.
“The Sydney horses will need to be in their best form and I think Tony Gollan’s horse Miss Exfactor will be the one to beat.”
Miss Exfactor, a Matt McGillivray mount, won in three-year-old company at the Gold Coast at her last appearance on October 7.
Lockwood was full of praise for Adoradancer after her last win over 1050 metres.
“She came from a long way back last week but she’s up in distance in this and you won’t see her as far back this time,” Lockwood said.
“She’ll race a lot handier and I expect her to be in the first four in the run.”
Adoradancer is raced by Lockwood and clients Michael Buys and Craig Cameron after she was bought for a paltry $5,500 at the Scone yearling sales.
“I went down to the Scone sales to buy Tumbler’s sister for $50,000 and this filly caught my eye,” Lockwood said.
“She had such a good nature and nothing fazed her."
Lockwood is a big fan of Adoradancer’s sire Time Thief who is also the sire of Tumbler.
Lockwood plans to spell Adoradancer after this run and has pencilled an interstate trip for the filly.
“She’s eligible for the Inglis Classic in May and the Inglis Guineas at Scone in February,” he said.
“She’ll go to the paddock after this race and get set for those races if all goes to plan.”
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