Did It does right thing on debut
The feared ‘Overs God’ must have had a rostered day off on Saturday.
Either that, or they didn’t clock-on until after lunch.
Had he, or she, been at the top of their game, there’s no way I Did It Again would have won the $100,000 John & Denise Cobcroft Handicap at Caulfield.
The Greg Eurell-trained gelding justified some big raps, and a subsequent significant tighten in the market, to make the perfect start to his career.
The Nicconi gelding went up $15 in some markets on Wednesday but was swiftly backed in and was as short as $3.80 in the Victorian Official Prices in the lead up to the 1200-metre event.
He drifted slightly, to a starting price of $4.60, but got the money in what looked a strong late-season two-year-old race.
“It’s nice to get that one over the line,” a relieved Eurell said. “It’s always nice to see what they do at home, and appreciate what they can show you, but to do it on raceday is good
“It’s good to get it over and done with, to be honest.”
I Did It Again and Nikita Beriman, picture Quentinjlang.com
Eurell’s relief ran beyond that shared by those swift enough to snap up the $15, which was posted despite an impressive trial on the Pakenham synthetic track in preparation for his debut.
The Cranbourne trainer also bred I Did It Again – who is out of Not That Innocent, which makes him a half-brother to dual Group 3 winner I Love It – and his wife Danielle is the sole owner.
“It’s a long journey, when you work out stallions and go through all that process and get them on the ground and then try and keep them alive and sound and then get broken, in the hope they’ve got ability,” Eurell said.
“I think he’s going to make a nice horse. He’s very professional about what he does and I think he’s a horse that can make his own luck. That plays a big part.”
I Did It Again benefitted from a shrewd Nikita Beriman ride to get the money. After jumping well, Beriman positioned herself just close enough to Bandipur to keep the $3 favourite away from the rail before making the most of the rails run rounding the turn.
I Did It Again engaged in a strong battle with Bandipur for much of the straight before pulling away late to score by 1.25 lengths. Aljawzaa ($5) was three-quarters of a length further back third.
The time was 1:09.93 seconds, which included a 35.24 seconds final 600m.
Now that I Did It Again justified Eurell’s belief on debut, the trainer has another headache, albeit a pleasant one.
He thinks his charge is more a chance of measuring up at 1600m opposed to 1200m at the top level, meaning the $2 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas – run at Caulfield on October 14 – is the dream.
“We’ll have to have a think about the spring now,” he said. “It’s certainly a bit of a step up, but we’ll have a sit down and have a good think about what we do in the spring.
“I’d like to head in the mile direction if we could because he’s always given me the impression that he’d be a miler.
“There are a couple of nice races on the way through to give him a test so we’ll see how we go.
“You’ve got to aim a little bit big I suppose and you can always come back down. If you don’t ask the question you’ll never know.”