Dee's Imperatriz Gallop Insight

Date: 26 Oct 2023

Dee's Imperatriz Gallop Insight reports:


Mick Dee might only be warming the seat for fellow Kiwi Opie Bosson ahead of Saturday's Group 1 Manikato Stakes, but they are the only two hoops who have felt the mare's brutal speed and love of The Valley circuit.

While Dee partnered Imperatriz first-up in the McEwen Stakes, he has been a regular track rider on the star mare throughout her campaign and gave rare behind-the-scenes insight on pulling up from her Breakfast With The Best gallop on Tuesday.

"I pretty much didn't have to ask her and she really extended," Dee said from in the saddle after Imperatriz and stablemate Rubicon Crossing clocked 24.19 seconds for the last 400 metres of the workout.

"She did the work so, so easy and it's amazing she changes legs all the right times turning into the corner.

"At about the 600 metres she changes to the inside leg, corners really well and as soon as she straightens, she changes to the outside leg and really balances up.

"As we just saw the turn of foot she's got, she pulled up like she hasn't gone around.

"She's such a lovely natured mare that she doesn't seem to exert too much energy early in her gallops and then comes straight back underneath you as soon as you cross the line."


Dee said he felt the mare didn't get out of first gear and had taken 'scary improvement' since he partnered her to win the McEwen Stakes in track-record time.

Imperatriz drew perfectly in barrier four for the $2 million Manikato Stakes, but trainer Mark Walker isn't taking things for granted despite her $1.45 quote.

"She is just a darling and we are blessed to have her in the stable," Walker said.

"They don't make them like this too often, so we have to enjoy it while it's there.  They don't give away Group 1s, especially in Australia, so we are respectful of the field."

Imperatriz is $1.45 to win the Manikato Stakes with Sportsbet.


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