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By Glenn Davis
Trainer David Vandyke is hopeful classy mare Baccarat Bay can pick up a “consolation” win in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Vandyke was disappointed when Baccarat Baby missed a start in last week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap after only making the final field as an emergency.
“I would have loved her to run in the Stradbroke but the Dane Ripper is a nice consolation for her,” Vandyke said.
“It was originally planned for her to run in the Stradbroke after a three-week break but I don’t believe missing another week will harm her chances in the Dane Ripper.”
The five-year-old mare was unbeaten in four starts on her home track at the Sunshine Coast before finishing second to Silvera on April 25.
She hasn’t raced since suffering her second home track defeat when third to Victory Eight in the Listed Wayne Wilson over the mile at the Sunshine Coast on May 15.
Vandyke originally planned to target the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara which is normally the last Group 1 of the season for fillies and mares.
However, when Racing Queensland was forced to scrap the race along with other Group 1 races due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stradbroke became the new aim.
“It’s been difficult to plan races too far ahead because of the changes,” Vandyke said.
“I’m pleased with how she’s going, she looks great and has been working very well.
“She should be very competitive again but she’s got an awkward gate and will need some luck.”
Vandyke is likely to send Baccarat Baby to the paddock for a short break after the Dane Ripper.
She’s performed well right throughout her career and she acquitted herself well in Melbourne last year
“I’ll see how she goes and recovers after the Dane Ripper before deciding our next move,” he said.
“She could go for a break or head in another direction and go back to Melbourne for the spring if there’s nothing suitable for her now.
“She was very competitive when she went to Melbourne last spring.”
Baccarat Baby competed well at the highest level last spring finishing fifth to Kiwi star Melody Belle in the Group 1 Empire Rose at Flemington on November 2 which followed a creditable sixth in the Group 2 Tristarc at Caulfield in October.
The daughter of Casino Prince won last year’s Listed Princess Stakes at the Sunshine Coast in April and the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas last June.
As well, Baccarat Baby ran second in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas and Group 3 Fred Best Classic last winter.
“She’s performed well right throughout her career and she acquitted herself well in Melbourne last year,” he said.
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