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Future Cup prospect impresses

18 November 2017, 2:27 p.m.

A plan is already in place for Dee And Gee to be back at Riccarton in 12 months’ time for an extreme distance test.

The Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) is the long-term objective for the four-year-old, who is showing positive signs of rising to that challenge.

Dee and Gee Photo: Race Images South

“She keeps stepping up and she looks like she will get the distance, she’s still a bit weak so there’s improvement to come,” said Peter Corbett, who owns and trains the daughter of Darci Brahma with Terrill Charles at Timaru.

Dee And Gee has won three of her nine starts, the latest of them at Riccarton on Saturday when she produced a dogged performance to claim the Sothys Premier Handicap (2500m).

Not only did the mare reward the faith in her of connections, the result also vindicated the belief showed in apprentice Tanya Jonker.

The 27-year-old had partnered Dee And Gee in her previous four appearances since the horse transferred south after beginning her career at Cambridge with Shaune Ritchie.

“She’s riding well and improving all the time,” Corbett said. “She knows the mare and we were happy to put her on.”

Jonker bided her time in the trail and when asked for an effort in the straight, Dee And Gee was a willing partner.

“She’s a pretty smart mare,” Jonker said. “We sat behind the leader and had a nice, comfortable run and she finished it off well.”

Their defeat of the Chris Johnson-ridden Son Of Zac was a case of biting the hand that feeds as Jonker is apprenticed to the runner-up’s trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes. – NZ Racing Desk.