Caulfield would be perfect place for Dexelation to find winning form after a run of near-misses.
Dexelation will tackle the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) after a narrow last-start second in the Gold Topaz (1200m) at Swan Hill last month.
The close result was the latest in a run of frustrating results for Adelaide trainers Richard and Chantelle Jolly.
The father and daughter duo has Dexelation racing in terrific fashion but the six-year-old has now gone almost a year without a win.
His last win was at The Valley on August 1 last year.
“They (the narrow defeats) are very frustrating, especially at Swan Hill where we had him set there,” Richard Jolly said.
“It’s pleasing the horse is going so well but frustrating not to win.
“It’s never bad running second but it is frustrating.”
Dexelation has finished in the first four in 19 of his 25 starts for the Jolly camp but the son of Ambidexter has taken well to stakes racing this time in.
Morphettville trainer Richard Jolly (right) and his daughter Chantelle (left) have built a successful training partnership. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia
He ran third in the Group 3 Irwin Stakes in Adelaide before a bad barrier cost him a win in the Listed Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool in May.
Jolly said running Dexelation in Saturday’s $160,000 contest was a necessity because of his high rating, which has forced him out of handicap races in Adelaide.
“It doesn’t matter what race you put him in, he always turns up and he’s so honest,” Jolly said.
“You can always rely on him to run well but we’d love him to stick his nose in front this time.
“Because of his rating, that’s why we’ve had to keep travelling him but he’s a really good traveller.
“He’s gone to another level this prep. His form has always been good but this time in, he has certainly gone up a cog.”
Jockey Harry Coffey will stick with Dexelation in the Sir John Monash Stakes.
TAB has Dexelation as a $31 chance to win the race but the bookmaker is offering $6 on the sprinter running yet another minor placing.
Originally published asDexelation out to end frustrating run
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