Careful approach with Doyly

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 11:15 GMT

Doyly Carte is due to take up another low-key engagement before possibly having her sights raised to Pattern company over hurdles.

Donald McCain: Trainer of Doyly Carte

The four-year-old won one of her three bumper starts last term but made a successful seasonal bow this season when bounding home by 11 lengths her first hurdles outing at Musselburgh.

While the merit of that form is open to question, the Donald McCain-trained filly is pencilled in for a trip to Catterick before possibly trying to climb the ladder a little.

"We were really pleased with her run at Musselburgh and I think she'll go for a mares' race at Catterick next before we maybe have a look at the Pattern and Listed races they are putting on for mares this season," said Matthew Budden, racing manager for owners the Elite Racing Club.

"She was a bit slow to mature, so we went for the bumpers with her and I think she still has improvement to come."

Doyly Carte is a Doyen half-sister to Elite's Group One flat performer Dandino but Budden admits the siblings share few similarities.

He added: "She's a half-sister to Dandino but couldn't be a more different type as she's a big filly and has been slow to come on. It's certainly a very interesting family."

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