Co-trainer Adrian Bott is confident that talented stayer Dee I Cee is a live chance of success when he lines up for the 2016 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Dee I Cee has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career since his debut in New Zealand in late 2014, but he has arguably returned to racing this time in his most impressive form to date.
Unlucky not to be carrying winning form into The Metropolitan 2016 after finishing a close second in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2200m) a fortnight ago, Bott said that Dee I Cee will carry plenty of benefit into the race and is confident that the conditions of the feature will be ideal.
“Down in the weights I think he’s a great chance,” Bott told AAP.
“We couldn’t be happier with where he’s drawn. I think he’ll get every opportunity from there.
“If he’s good enough, which we think he is, he’ll be fighting out the finish.
“It was a brilliant run last start in the Newcastle Cup. We covered plenty of ground although he had cover. He loomed up into it strongly. I think it’s a nice form guide going into the Metropolitan.
“He worked beautifully on Tuesday morning. I think he’s going into it absolutely spot on.”
Dee I Cee began his racing career under the guidance of New Zealand-based trainer Kevin Myers, and was a standout throughout his debut preparation.
Taking out a pair of minors over 2040m and 2000m in January 15th, the Istidaad gelding placed second in the Hospice Cup (2060m) before producing arguably his best effort to date when third behind Mongolian Khan and Volkstok‘n’Barrell in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
Jumping from the ideal barrier 7, Dee I Cee has been confirmed to be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy and will tow only 51kgs.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 The Metropolitan odds, for which Dee I Cee can be taken at a generous quote of $17.