The Closer gets the job Dun

By Georgie Dennis

If there’s one thing Ciaron Maher has been known for as a trainer it’s his star staying fillies and on Saturday at Ballarat, we may have an unearthed our next one in The Closer.

The Dundeel Filly was purchased at the 2017 Inglis Premier Sale for $70,000 and after only three race starts, she has almost doubled her price on prizemoney.

In the 1400m Polytrack VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade on Ballarat Cup Day last Saturday, The Closer sat third on the fence behind the leader for the trip before showcasing her electric turn of foot and rocketing away from the field to win by almost three lengths.

Jockey Linda Meech thought she got to the front too early, but the filly pricked her ears and cruised home.

“She’s a filly on the up,” Meech told post-race.

“She went terrific the other day (at Flemington) and probably just needed the run to take the edge off her a little bit.

“It’s a hard task going from a maiden into Stakes level, but she only got beaten three lengths after drawing the wrong side of the track.”

The team have big plans for the three-year-old filly going forward, potentially even setting her on an Oaks campaign.

“She’s Stakes-class for sure, she probably showed that today anyway,” Co-trainer David Eustace told

“Really from the day she won her first start at Geelong we always thought we had something pretty smart because she wasn’t really ready and fairly undercooked.

“I’d say we’d probably pop her away now with a view to the autumn and Queensland (Winter Carnival). We always felt that she’d get a trip. There’s a nice race in her for sure.”

Overall the team have been very impressed with the first progeny of Arrowfield Stud’s Dundeel and will continue to support the young sire.

“We’ve had a lot of success with them (the Dundeels). We’ve won three races and the other one has been placed and we think he’s going to be a very good sire for us,” Eustace told RSN on Sunday.

“His stats are very good, and they will continue to improve as his progeny head to stakes class.”