Baker gives It’s A Dundeel thumbs up for BMW

Murray Baker was able to prove It’s A Dundeel is ready for Saturday’s Gr. 1 A$1.5 million BMW at Rosehill when the horse worked at Warwick Farm this morning.

It’s A Dundeel has come under the close scrutiny of Racing NSW stewards since reports of lameness, but he has passed with flying colours each time.

He worked up well with raceday rider James McDonald aboard last Tuesday morning and regular trackwork rider Emily Murphy was in the saddle this morning when he again worked under the close inspection of stewards, who will continue to monitor him up to the BMW.

Racing NSW vet Craig Suann told stewards It’s A Dundeel was free in his action after a midweek inspection and Baker is happy to report the horse was given the green light again this morning.

“He worked well and Emily said he felt good,” said Baker. “He looks bright and I’m happy with him.”

It’s A Dundeel has been fitted with heart bar plates since his third in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on March 22 and Baker says the horse may have got “pinched” when being reshod.

“He’s being reshod (with standard racing plates) as we speak,” said Baker this morning. “He’s all set for Saturday.”

Baker also has Atlante and Show The World entered at Rosehill on Saturday, in the Gr. 2 Tulloch Stakes.

“I’m just hoping the track will be good for Atlante,” he said. “He’s got to have good ground. He wouldn’t have handled it last Saturday (in the Rosehill Guineas) and that’s why I scratched him.”

Show The World competed in the Rosehill Guineas and though he finished 10th, Baker was satisfied with the performance.

“The track was a bit shifty for him,” he said. “He didn’t go a bad race as he covered a bit of ground. I want to get a bit more mileage and fitness into him for the Derby.”

Nash Rawiller has been aboard Show The World in his two Sydney runs, but Craig Williams will take the reins on Saturday. Glyn Schofield will again be on Atlante.