“She didn’t used to go so well on the wet but she’s changed that a bit. I just wanted to give her a nice tick over trial,” McDougall said. “I didn’t want her to do too much on a heavy track, I didn’t want to take too much out of her before she has a run.
“She jumped and put herself there and did it all very easily, I was quite impressed.
“She will obviously improve with the run and will be better at seven furlongs but she’s fit enough and sharp enough for this assignment.”
McDougall is aware that one of Bennelong Dancer’s goals for this season is to add some black type to her name but obviously the $1.3m The Kosciuszko (1200m) on October 19 is also an appealing target.
The latter is up to the 14 prospective slot winners but McDougall is expecting some kind of statement to be made in the Street Boss @ Darley Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday.
With the 2kg claim for McDougall, last season’s country apprentice of the year, Bennelong Dancer carries 57kg for her first-up mission and has drawn barrier two which is ideal according to the jockey.
“She’s my favourite for a reason, she’s push button,” he said. “She jumps, makes her own luck and puts herself in races and travels on the bridle.
“She’s come up a lot quicker than most preparations, she has come back extremely well and is ready to go.”