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Dulverton chasing black type in Heatherlie
30 Aug 2017

The Robert Smerdon-trained Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) will chase some valuable black type in her final race start in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap.

Connections are having a throw at the stumps in Saturday's 1700m handicap at Caulfield with the mare who has won five of her 26 starts but is yet to finish in the first three in eight attempts in stakes company.

The five-year-old netted back-to-back city wins earlier this preparation before finishing in the placings at her past two starts in town against her own sex.

Dulverton has barrier four in the field of 15 for what Smerdon said would be the mare's final start before she is served by Zoustar in the upcoming breeding season.

"She's racing the best she has ever raced," Smerdon said.

"She is way out of the handicap there on her rating but it's a Listed race so you roll the dice and you hope she can finish in the money somewhere.

"She's won four city races but she's got no black-type. If she could manage to fill a place she will have improved her CV. But she's off to stud anyway."

Smerdon believes the good barrier is crucial for Dulverton who was purchased by David Redvers for $180,000 from Trelawney's 2014 Inglis Easter draft. -AAP