Winners chase bigger targets while Damian Lane makes it 10 winners in six days

The holidays are on the horizon, but there will be no downtime for several of Saturday’s Flemington winners who will chase  higher-status races over Christmas and the new year.

Two who scored at Flemington — the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained  Tashbeeh and the new addition to Henry Dwyer’s Caulfield yard, Precious Gem — are likely to clash at Caulfield in the listed Lord Stakes, over 1800 metres, on Boxing Day.

A third, the Matthew Ellerton/Simon Zahra trained Durendal, is set to return to his home track on New Year’s Day to tackle one of the state’s oldest established sprints, the Standish Handicap.

Precious Gem was partnered by the reinvigorated Chris Symons, who is making up for lost time since his return from a long injury-enforced absence.

He came back with a winner on Ballarat Cup day on November 21 and has continued that good streak, culminating with his win on  the six-year-old mare, who was backed from $10 into $6.50.

The daughter of Econsul was trained by Gwenda Johnstone at Echuca, who won  five races with her,

but the owners wanted the mare to have a crack at city events and sent her to Dwyer.

“I am taking absolutely no credit for this win,” Dwyer said. “Gwenda and Mick  [Johnstone]  sent her down in the best condition you would ever want to see an older horse. She arrived glowing, we just tuned her up, gave her a couple of gallops and here we are today.”

Symons believes the change for the mare was as good as a rest, saying “It can really change things up, for humans as well as horses.”

Tashbeeh was a heavily backed favourite in the AVHPA Vic Trophy with the Hayes-Dabernig camp entrusting the stable’s three kilo-claiming apprentice Dylan Dunn with the ride.

Dunn didn’t disappoint on the $2.60 chance, producing him in the last 400 metres to score by three quarters of a length.

Dabernig said Tashbeeh, who had raced in Dubai earlier this year, could now be aimed at the listed contest at Caulfield.

“There’s the Lord Stakes over 1800 metres on Boxing Day. That could be an option now he is back in wining form,” he said.

“I don’t think we would go back to Dubai. He is a horse who could travel as he has a great constitution, but he didn’t look quite up to them when we took him there last time.”

There is no jockey riding in better form than Damian Lane at the moment, and landed his 10th winner in six days when he got home on the $3 favourite Durendal in the Western Health Foundation Handicap, following his treble   at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Durendal has now won three of his last four starts — his only defeat coming on Melbourne Cup day when he was fifth to  Malaguerra — and he too will be stepped up in class with the Standish Handicap down the Flemington straight his next target.

He is likely to get in with a light weight and now that he has proved himself on the track he could be a lively contender.

“He’s graduated from benchmark class and we will probably have a shot at the Standish with him,” Ellerton said.

“He was stakes placed in Brisbane earlier this year and he had a late start to the spring. He will stay down in the weights. He was just a ratings horse before today. Now he has won a Saturday handicap and will go into a group 3.”

Lane said: “He did it like a true professional. He handled it no problems, let down well when it counted. He’s proved he’s good enough to go down the straight to the Standish now.”

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