Trevor Bailey has predicted a bright future for Minardi youngster Devinardi following his impressive win in the $250,000 QTIS 600 2YO Plate (1200m) at the Gold Coast today.
Despite declaring the youngster as being “underdone” leading into the race, Bailey came into the race with some confidence.
Having raced on just two occasions in October last year, Devinardi at his last outing ran third, beaten just over three lengths by Australia’s best present day juvenile Military Rose.
“After watching that race in Sydney it certainly boosted my confidence a bit,” Bailey reported.
“He’s a smart young colt and while I thought he was underdone for this race, I knew he’d done enough work to be in the finish.”
“It was a good effort though.”
“I was confident in the horse himself as he’d done everything right in the lead up,” Bailey added.
Bailey said he was eyeing off some “nice races” over the upcoming Queensland Winter Carnival for the exciting two-year-old.
A $45,000 purchase from the draft of Palmaday Stud at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Denivardi swept away with $160,000 for today’s win alone.
Bianca Jewel, a daugter of Lion Heart, caught the eye in finishing second for Steven O’Dea and Ryan Wiggins, while Marking Time wound up in third place for Alan Bailey and Matthew Palmer.
Former North Queensland youngster Steel Dragon lost no admirers with his fourth placing after covering plenty of ground throughout from an outside barrier.
There are nine yearlings by Minardi catalogued for the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale, which kicks away at 11am tomorrow.
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