Dubious lands G2 Champagne Classic

Precocious two-year-old colt Dubious landed the second Group win of his career in the 1200m Champagne Classic at Doomben on Saturday.

After not handling the wet track in the Golden Slipper, the team were holding off running him until he found the dry.

Thankfully, there was little rain in Brisbane last week meaning the Doomben track was dry and the colt finally got his chance to run.

Ridden by in-form jockey James McDonald, Dubious settled midfield in the run before bursting through a gap with 200m to go and kicking away to win by a length and a half.

McDonald said the colt was “very push button” and it was just a matter of timing his run.

“It was just a matter of getting the right splits at the right time and we managed to do that,” the jockey said.

“On better ground, he’s lethal.”

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was on course for the win and credited McDonald’s terrific ride.

“I thought he was a little bit vulnerable today,” Maher said after the race.

“He hadn’t had a run for a while and he’s quite round, but James McDonald gave him a beautiful ride.

“He just had him there, got the spilt, waited and quickened up nice so he’ll definitely come on a lot from that run I would imagine.”

As for his next assignment, Maher said the Group 1 J.J Atkins may be on the table for the son of Not A Single Doubt.

“We’ll have a think, but I’ll be quite interested to see what James thinks we he comes back in,” Maher said.

“I’d be certainly willing to roll the dice.”