Lightly-raced gelding Yao Dash has booked his spot in the Doncaster Mile with a dominant all-the-way win at Rosehill.
Tulloch Lodge will have two runners in the 2021 Doncaster Mile after Yao Dash secured his place in the $3 million race with a faultless performance in the Prelude.
Gai Waterhouse And Adrian Bott already have G1 winner Shout The Bar safely in the field and Bott confirmed Yao Dash would join her after racing away with Saturday’s G3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill.
“He’s really racing with a lot of confidence at the moment and when he does that, we know he’s a very capable horse on his day,” Bott said.
“He’ll back up in the Doncaster now providing he comes through it well, that was always the plan.
“He profiles as a lovely prospect for the race.”
Yao Dash gave Craig Williams a winning double after he took out the opening race aboard two-year-old Saif for Hawkes Racing.
Williams is expected to stick with the four-year-old in the Doncaster where he has 50kg.
Yao Dash ($3.90 fav) led and was never seriously threatened to score by 3-1/2 lengths over evergreen veteran Mister Sea Wolf ($51) with Bottega ($13) another half-length away.