Connections are hoping Asfoora can continue to kick on in 2023
A string of impressive performances have propelled the Henry Dwyer trained Asfoora into contention at some of the biggest races this term.
- Asfoora has been a consistent performer throughout Australian season so far.
- Finishing 2nd in the Group 1 Moir Stakes was sign of bright future ahead.
- A comprehensive win the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield caught the eye last time out.
- Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Royal Ascot in the UK being earmarked as potential big races to come.
As the intensity of the Australian horse racing season takes hold, the races come thick and fast for the best in the business.
Henry Dwyer trained Asfoora comes from serious stock and looks to have the makings of one of the most dangerous horses in Australia and beyond over 1000m and 1100m.
Coming good at the right time of the season is essential for any Australian horse racing trainer worth their salt and the recent form of Henry Dwyer’s Asfoora has certainly made plenty of Aussie bookmakers stand up and take note.
Finishing narrowly second in the Muir Stakes at The Valley back in September was a sign of things to come for Asfoora, who backed it up with an impressive triumph in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield in October.
Dwyer dreaming big
Few trainers in the world of Australian racing as charismatic as Henry Dwyer, with his ascent to the very top of the racing game revered the world over.
Originally a punter with a passing interest in racing, Henry Dwyer has manufactured a hugely successful yard out of Ballarat in recent times.
For all the selections and horses Dwyer has at his disposal, it is the 5-year-old Asfoora that continues to generate the most attention with bookmakers and punters alike.
How far Asfoora can go remains to be seen but with some decent wins under its belt and some big race entries ahead, Henry Dwyer and connections are starting to dream of further successes this season and beyond.
Big wins in the bag
As ever with any horse that catches the eye with bookmakers, it is often their performances in the biggest races that get punters moving.
Wins at Stawell and Caulfield as a 3-year-old suggested that the future was bright for Asfoora, who then backed it up with Group 2 wins at Caulfield and Flemington in October 2022.
Heads had certainly been turned heading into the 2023 season and as yet, Asfoora has very much delivered.
Winning the Mccaf over 1100m at Caulfield for the second year in a row was a start, before just missing out in the Muir Stakes when chasing a first Group 1 win – with Imperatiz coming out on top.
The aforementioned win in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield last weekend has only served to secure Asfoora’s status as one of the most prolific horses around.
Further honours to come?
All of the biggest domestic and international betting sites have stood up and taken notice of Asfoora’s performances in recent times, with punters hoping this is the start of something big.
Henry Dwyer has spoken of his aspiration to have big race winners, in the biggest meets on the planet and with pace to burn over 1000m and 1100m, Asfoora certainly fits that bill.
A few spins at Royal Ascot in the UK didn’t catch too much attention in 2023 but Dwyer will be hoping further visits are more fruitful.
Closer to home, both the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate have been earmarked as being perfectly suited to Asfoora and there could be bigger and better things to come for both Asfoora and Henry Dwyer.
In the time of year where the biggest and best horses always come to the fore, Asfoora is one of the newest speedsters on the block.
With a Group 2 win in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield last time out, Asfoora looks ready to challenge in some of the biggest races on the calendar and over 1000-1100m, it looks to be one of the horses to beat.