By Ray Hickson
Just shy of three years ago, 1094 days ago come Saturday, Daysee Doom made a winning debut and she’s been a huge part of jockey Andrew Adkins’ life ever since.
Now in the twilight of her career the six-year-old, who gave Adkins his first Group 1 win, is looking to turn back the clock in the Group 2 $200,000 Jim Beam Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
Adkins has ridden Daysee in 22 of her 25 starts, seven of her nine wins and every barrier trial she’s contested.
And it’s the latest barrier trial, which followed her first-up sixth in the Millie Fox, that tells Adkins his favourite horse shouldn’t be discounted.
“She’s in great order and it was a really nice trial at Warwick Farm on a heavy track,’’ he said.
“She showed me she’s going the right way. She jumped out nice and keen, she grabbed the bridle and trucked around.
“It’s a strong field again, it’s a Group 2 but there are Group 1 horses in it. She’s beaten some of these horses, so this will show us where we are at.’’
Trainer Ron Quinton elected not to give Daysee Doom the chance to defend her Coolmore Classic title following the Millie Fox – Quinton won it anyway with Dixie Blossoms – and keep her fresh.
Adkins said while the Emancipation, named after the champion grey mare of the early 1980s ridden by Quinton, won’t be easy with the likes of Alizee looming large, he has plenty of things in his favour.
“She draws well for the first time in a while which is great,’’ he said.
“This race doesn’t look to have a lot of speed, it could work in her favour.
“I’m not too sure what I’ll do but she could be making the running. She’s done it before.
“I’ve won some really nice races on her, she’s a bit underestimated but she keeps showing up and rarely runs a bad race.’’
Daysee Doom, $14 with TAB, ran fifth as a $3.70 chance after leading in last year’s Emancipation, beaten 0.7 lengths, behind Prompt Response.
Daysee Doom wins a barrier trial at Warwick Farm on March 22
Adkins knows he’ll need a perfectly timed ride on Daysee Doom if she’s to post her 10th career win and it’s the same situation on All Too Soon in the Group 3 $160,000 Bisley Workwear Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m).
The David Payne-trained mare backs up after running third in the Epona Stakes last Saturday where Adkins said he learned a bit about how she’s racing these days having not ridden the mare for almost 18 months.
“I’m hoping it stays in the soft range, it was out of her league the other day on the heavy track,’’ he said.
“She went off the bridle earlier than I wanted her to.
“I think she will relish the back up and I’m a bit wiser about her which will help.’’
In an open market, All Too Soon was an $8.50 chance with TAB on Thursday.