Dobell upsets hot favourite El Desperado at Morphettville

Oct 19, 2017

MORPHETVILLE trainer Jon O’Connor has an eye on next month’s Morphettville Guineas after the solid debut win of Dobell on Saturday.

Dobell, a three-year-old son of unfashionable sire Proart, was among the outsiders of the UBET Handicap (1400m) at $14, with Will Clarken’s El Desperado ($1.60) considered the best of good things.

But Dobell showed dramatic improvement from a moderate Murray Bridge trial placing late last month — and sent favourite punters reeling early in the day — as he slugged his way to a long-head win from the Jim Smith-trained Atlantica ($3.80).

El Desperado was under hard riding from Emily Finnegan to hold the lead from barrier two and compounded over the final stages to finish last, beaten 6½ lengths.

O’Connor said Dobell was immature but had shown consistent improvement on the training track.

“He’s by a West Australian sire that we don’t know a lot about but, judging by that, you’d think he might get further,” the trainer said.

“It was a bit of a suck-and-see situation today. On that, we could look at the Guineas in a months' time. He’s just kept improving since his trial.”

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