Dunn ditches Doncaster plans

06 March 2018 04:32:51 EST

Trainer Matt Dunn has ditched plans to target the Group 1 Doncaster Mile with Care To Think and will aim for the Stradbroke Handicap instead.

The Doncaster was always the target, but after watching Care To Think finish second in the Liverpool City Cup at Randwick on Saturday, Dunn has had a change of heart.

I have a lot of time for this horse and he is a perfect runner for the Championships.

Matt Dunn

The Stradbroke during the Brisbane winter carnival is now the target.

"He does things wrong and he can't win a Doncaster like that," Dunn said. "He will go home to Murwillumbah and have a few weeks off and get ready for the Stradbroke."

Dunn will now quickly turn his attention to three-year-old Snitz, who will head the stable's team for the Country Championships qualifying heat at Grafton on Sunday.

Dunn has 16 of the 40 entries for the $150,000 1400m-race but makes no secret which horse he thinks is the stable's top pick.

The horses that run first and second will automatically qualify for the $500,000 final at Randwick on 7th April and Snitz is the stable's biggest hope.

Preparations were hit when a three-year-old handicap at Doomben was washed out, but Snitz impressed in the Gold Coast trials last week, and is in good condition heading into his next assignment.

"I have a lot of time for this horse and he is a perfect runner for the Championships," Dunn said. "He is the best of my runners in the heat."

Kementari is 5/2 on a win and each way bet to win the Doncaster Mile with Happy Clapper 4/1 and Grunt priced at 999/1.

Meanwhile, Sunlight is 4/1 to win the Golden Slipper later this month.

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