The owners of The Big Dance could be in for a major pay day if she can make a winning debut at Bendigo on Saturday.
The $750 yearling purchase will be racing for a winner’s prize of $150,000 plus another $30,000 in bonuses when she lines up in the VOBIS Gold Rush over 1000m.
Trained on the track by Danny Curran, The Big Dance has met with solid support in betting and has trimmed from $61 to $9.
Curran is under no illusion about the task the filly faces on Saturday but says she has shown promise in her jumpouts at Bendigo.
“We’re hopeful but when she’s done it, then I’ll celebrate it,” Curran said.
Curran had hoped to buy a brother to The Big Dance at the Adelaide yearling sales earlier this month but the youngster sold for more than he expected.
“I went there thinking I might be able to get him for $10,000 but he went for $40,000,” Curran said.
“He was a nice type but so was she.”
Nine two-year-olds in Saturday’s field of 15 are first starters, including The Big Dance, and the six horses with race experience bring some handy formlines to Bendigo.
Miss Gidget finished midfield in the Blue Diamond Stakes last start while Godolphin galloper Belhamage is a Moonee Valley winner who has been stakes placed behind Golden Slipper hopeful Haybah.
The Curran-trained Written Dash, a last-start $101 winner of the Group Three Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley, is down to run in the Bendigo Guineas (1400m) but Curran is unsure if she will take her place.
The daughter of Written Tycoon has drawn the second widest barrier and Curran says the race is more like a Group Two contest than a Listed event.
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