Canberra trainer Matthew Dale working with Unanimously. Photo: Kate Leith
Take out Ortensia and Barakey and Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks Unanimously would be a serious contender in the group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Karuta Queen, formerly trained by Queanbeyan's Neville Layt, did not accept accept - but Dale was more worried about the ''two class horses of the field''.
The Paul Messara-trained Ortensia has raced around the world, winning the group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (1005 metres) in England in August, as well as the group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai last March.
She's on the third line of betting at $7.50.
Barakey ($3.50 favourite) has dominated the sprints in Western Australia, winning all his 11 starts, culminating in a group 1 victory in the Winterbottom Stakes (1200 metres) in November.
Without them, Dale felt Unanimously would be a much better show than the $41 odds ACTTAB have offered for the son of Not A Single Doubt.
''If you take those top two horses out, Ortensia and Barakey, then the race could quite easily be a group 2, group 3 race and he's a genuine group 3 horse,'' Dale said.
''He's proven that and under handicap conditions he comes in very well.
''He's obviously a long shot, but with a bit of luck I'm sure he'll be in the mix.''
While the Oakleigh is a big jump in class, Unanimously does have a black-type win, the five-year-old gelding having taken the listed Canterbury BMW Classic.
Dale believes barrier 14, combined with just 52½ kilos will suit Unanimously at Caulfield.