A TOUGH draw has dampened Dougs Babe’s quest for another feature win before she leaves Australia.
Sold to American interests last December, Dougs Babe is scheduled to fly to the US in a couple of weeks.
Before her departure the daughter of Western Terror will have one more start for trainer Geoff Webster – Saturday night’s Group Two Ladyship Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Dougs Babe has been kept fresh since winning a Group One Vicbred Super Series Final at the same venue on New Year’s Eve.
“This will be her last Victorian, well last Australian actually, start,” Webster said. “She heads off to America in about a week after her race.”
To be driven by Anthony Butt, Dougs Babe will begin from six, with TAB Fixed Odds listing the five-year-old on the fifth line of betting at $12.
Tough Tilly is a $1.25 favourite from gate two.
“The draw has certainly made it difficult for her,” Webster said. “It will take another Ants special to get her home, especially given the good ones have all drawn inside her.
“She trialled on Tuesday and went well plus I worked her pretty hard last Saturday so she is on the mark.
“Tough Tilly is the one to beat, but I think Tay Tay might be quick enough to head her off early from three…it will be an interesting first 200 metres.
“Win, lose or draw she has done a good job for us and I’ve got no doubt she can do a good job in America.”