The task that now confronts Robert Smerdon is to find a black-type race for
Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) after her return to winning form at Moonee Valley.
Dulverton landed her second metropolitan success in the William Hill
Handicap on Saturday but for her breeding career she needs a victory at
Ridden by Craig Williams, Dulverton ($5) scored by 1-1/2 lengths from
Champagne Cocktail ($13) with Baby Don't Cry ($7) a nose away third.
Owned by Qatar Bloodstock who purchased the daughter of Commands from Trelawney Stud's 2014 Inglis Easter draft, Smerdon said the outfit relied on getting results
on the racetrack but were conscious of getting black type for their band of
"She's won a couple of city races and we now have to try and pick up
some black type before she goes off to stud," Smerdon said.
"We'll look at any black-type race where she might be able to finish
"There might even be one in Adelaide that might suit."
Smerdon suggested that Dulverton could be sent to stud in the next month if
he can attain that black type for the daughter on Commands.
However he said Qatar Bloodstock might consider extending her career as she
was perfectly sound.
Smerdon praised the ride of Williams who summed the race up in making a
"I thought Craig was pretty good tactically to get going midrace when
they slowed up and that made the difference," Smerdon said. -AAP