The only jockey with a winning record on Stay With Me reunites with the filly in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Dwayne Dunn will be aboard at Rosehill on Saturday when Stay With Me tries to add the Vinery (2000m) to her Group One win in the Thousand Guineas.
Stay With Me is a daughter of 2006 Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland who won both races as well as the VRC Oaks and Australian Guineas during her three-year-old season.
David Hayes trained Miss Finland and now prepares her daughter in partnership with Tom Dabernig.
Dunn has ridden Stay With Me four times for three wins.
She contested the Myer Stakes at Flemington in the spring but her 49.5kg was outside Dunn’s weight range while her three runs this campaign have all been in Sydney while Dunn has been in Melbourne.
“Dwayne’s got a great record with her and I’m not saying she’s been ridden poorly but she’s racing this time a bit more like she’s looking for the ground,” Dabernig said.
“She’s very fit, she’s had those nice conditioning runs and she hasn’t been that far away without winning.
“We’ve drawn a wide gate and she’s a horse that you’ve got to switch off because if she doesn’t get cover and over travels she runs herself into the ground.
“We’ve just got to hope there’s the speed to take her into it.”
Betting markets have Stay With Me the second-string Lindsay Park runner with Australian Guineas placegetter Risque the more fancied.
Jameka ($3.60) just shades Risque ($3.80) for top billing in the Group One race with Stay With Me on the fourth line at $9.50.
Dabernig said it was wise to be a little wary when travelling interstate with fillies but added Risque had settled in well since travelling from Melbourne to Sydney.
“She’s arrived up there and has been licking the bin out and doing everything right,” Dabernig said.
“She doesn’t have to improve a hell of a lot to be right in it.”
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