Jockey David Moran guides Dimension to victory in the Connaught Cup

Jockey David Moran guides Dimension to victory in the Connaught Cup

Michael Burns

Dimension Upsets in Connaught Cup

Medicean gelding last won a graded stakes in 2013.

By far the longest shot on the board June 5 in the $200,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIT), Riverside Bloodstock's Dimension provided the stunner of the day at Woodbine.

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After a slow start in the seven-furlong turf sprint, the 8-year-old Medicean gelding was still able to stay within striking distance early, rallied in the middle of the track in the stretch, and outfinished last-out graded stakes winner Passion for Action to win by a half-length. Bye Bye Bernie completed the trifecta, another length back.

The Canadian champion sprinter of 2015, Stacked Deck, broke well and set the pace, setting fractions of :24.15 and :46.83 through a half-mile. Dimension put a head in front at the top of the stretch and never relented, battling with Passion for Action through six furlongs in 1:09.66 before hitting the wire in 1:21.84 under jockey David Moran.

Moran got a good indication Dimension might be ready to run during a recent training session.

"He has good back class. He was a proper horse a couple of seasons ago and seemed to lose his way a little bit, but (trainer) Conor (Murphy) asked him to take him out the other day for a jog--two miles," Moran said. "I got one mile in, got scared, and had to gallop him for a while. He was going to buck me off. He really felt good."

Dimension's last graded win came back in the 2013 Play the King (Can-IIT). His last victory was a score in the 2014 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, which he followed with six straight off-the-board finishes.

"He loves it up here with the European style turf course, but he hasn't had a lot of luck in this race," Murphy said. "Two years ago, he stumbled out of the gate and never got into it, and last year it rained heavily a couple of hours before the race and he really needs quick ground."

The winner paid $42.70, $8.80, and $8.90 across the board. Passion for Action brought $3.50 and $4.30, and By Bye Bernie delivered $6.70 to show.

Glenville Gardens and Stacked Deck completed the order of finish.

Dimension has a 6-6-1 record from 32 starts with $467,539 in earnings.