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Dapper Dana impresses on debut

17 / 02 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples

PROMINENT harness racing horse owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt appear to have struck gold with one of their latest New Zealand imports in the form of well bred three-year-old Dapper Dana.

The colt delivered a warning to all other three-year-olds being aimed at the Tasmanian Derby in April that he will be a serious contender

He arrived from NZ about two months ago and has spent the past six weeks being prepared for his debut by talented trainer Juanita McKenzie at her training complex at Magra north of Hobart.

Dapper Dana drew gate six and after being used up early to find a forward berth driver Gareth Rattray ended up allowing him to face the breeze and then sit off them for about 800 metres.

Palmisano led and looked to be travelling comfortably turning for home but when Rattray called on Dapper Dana for the big effort in the home straight he responded magnificently and went on to defeat Palmisano by three metres with Springfield Tattoo over 13 metres away third.

The colt clocked a sub two-minute mile rate of 1m.59.12 and according to the driver he had a gear in reserve.

Listen to Peter Staples’ interview with trainer Juanita McKenzie and owners Barry Cooler and Jamie Cockshutt – CLICK HERE.