Blinkers help Three Phase cause an upset

Mark Oberhardt

Blinkers have contributed to Three Phase causing one the biggest boilovers of the season at Doomben.

The race was expected to be an easy win for favourite Minjee who was backed from $1.75 into $1.28.

However, Minjee was caught three deep for the entire race and tired to finish third behind Three Phase ($21) and Papaya ($6) in the fillies division of the two year old.

Three Phase's trainer Matt Dunn said the filly had been unlucky at her first start when caught up in interference in the straight.

"We put blinkers on her and she worked very strongly on Saturday morning so we were confident of a good run," Dunn said.

The colts and geldings division of the two-year-old was also a disaster for favourite followers when Minjee's stablemate Better Get Ready ($1.80) finished third behind Clairvue Star ($3.40).

Clairvue Star was having his first start for trainer Chris Waller and was backed in from $5.

The gelding is a son of former top racemare Missy Longstocking who won five stakes races and ran third in the 2013 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Dupie Doll ($4.40) won at her first run since November 2018 and revived memories for trainer Brian Smith.

Smith also trained Dupie Doll's dam Dolly Dolly who was a stakes performer a decade ago.

"Dolly Dolly was one of my favourite horses and Dupie Doll has had a series of minor problems which have restricted her starts," Smith said.

Dupie Doll gave jockey Larry Cassidy his fourth win from his past five rides after a treble at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.