The winter of 2020 was fruitful for the stables in Mattdale. He expects similar results starting Saturday at Landwick this year.
Canberra trainer Mattdale uses the winter blueprint he successfully used when he set foot on Landwick last Saturday.
Dale’s veteran galloper, Man of Peace, made the most of heavy truck conditions for most of the winter of 2020.
Man Of Peace hasn’t resumed from the spell yet, but Dale will step into Landwick on Saturday with two ex-Kiwi Phillies (Meg and Key).
Only Meg was set up using the Man Of Peace blueprint.
Sebring’s daughter makes her first adventure into Sydney’s metropolitan area after running around a class 1 company in Wagawoga for a length of 3¾.
Meg will carry only 50kg when riding a 3kg claiming apprentice Ellen Hennessy with the Garry Burgess 3 & 4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1600m).
“She came to me after a long campaign in New Zealand and a few weeks in the paddock, so she was fine for a while, but she’s a tough and elastic mare,” Dale said.
“I thought she ran away because the freshness was really good. She chased Kibosch a little later and peaked. Kibosch came out again and won the Warwick Farm. Then I gave her a selfish record. Taking the opportunity to return to, she did everything I wanted to see.
“She was very well placed there, but it was nice to see her win the board again and gain some confidence.
“She lowers the weight on Saturday and fits the surface she handles third hard.
“This is a big step in the grade, but you can lower the weights and roll the dice as you handle the wet tracks she does.
“I think she has a sneaky chance.”
Meg is $ 9 with TAB fixed odds, but a stable key is the chance of $ 15 with the Peter Cafataris 3YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m).
The Exceed And Excel mare made a good impression on her debut in Australia and finished sixth in the Dennis Joy Stakes list.
She then raced below the trainer’s expectations in the last time-out from a sharp conditioner, but provided some excuses.
“I’m not always in the theory of Second Up Syndrome, but in retrospect she probably outperformed First Up on an inappropriate trip,” he said.
“It could have been a case combined with being trapped in three widths and having to go around them.
“On that day, at Rose Hill, the runners who went around the circle basically didn’t run anywhere.
“She has been pleased with us since the last run, this time getting better draws for her age and handling wet tracks.
“Saturday will tell you where she will be sitting in the future.
“I’m hoping for a really good performance if I can allow her last start, but that last run is still playing in my head.”
The key is ridden by Inform Sam Clipperton and activated from Barrier 2.
Place of originMatt Dale targeting more winter riches at Randwick