MAINTAINING his perfect season with a win at Club Menangle yesterday, rising star Ideal Dan is on target to add another Group One to his growing collection.
Successful at his five starts for the term, Ideal Dan captured the Riverina Championship on April 16 before backing up for an Australian Pacing Gold heat victory.
As such the four-year-old not only earned a berth in the $210,000 Final, he is a clear favourite for the Group One which is scheduled to be conducted at the world class venue on May 7.
Ideal Dan also won a heat of the futurity as a three-year-old before finishing fourth in the decider.
Pleased with the entire’s progress, trainer Jason Grimson is confident Ideal Dan can continue his winning streak in the feature.
“He hasn’t set a foot wrong since he got here,” Grimson said. “Five from five, including a Group One…it doesn’t get any better than that.
“He did it as he pleased in his heat yesterday and it’s fair to say he is the one to beat in the Final.
“Without seeing the draw, I am as confident as you can be with him.”
With Cameron Hart in the sulky, Ideal Dan worked to the lead from barrier five before cruising to a soft 12-and-a-half metre win from Lets Get Rockin, with Lets Blaze a metre-and-a-half away third.
Covering the mile in 1:51.6, Ideal Dan’s time was three-tenths of a second quicker than Artillery in the opening heat.
Driven by Jack Gallagher for leading horsewoman Belinda McCarthy, Artillery led throughout to account for Danceforme and Yankee Ideal.
Primarily owned in South Australia, the son of Art Major took his record to 15 wins and 14 placings from 30 starts.
“He’s a proven nice type and will certainly be a big chance in the Final,” McCarthy said.
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