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Valley winner has black type talent

Robert Hickmott believes Talenti (NZ) has black type quality after winning his second Australian race from as many starts on Saturday.

The New Zealand-bred four-year-old gelding by Niagara came from last in a small field to win over 1500 metres at The Valley, as per his local debut 15 days earlier at Class 1 level.

"He's only had five starts and is doing things for his experience that are definitely above average," Hickmott said.

Talenti ($2.10 favourite) looped the field under Barend Vorster en route to his 1.75-length victory, with Manhattan Arch ($5) runner-up for the second time back from an 80-week break between starts.

Talenti raced three times in New Zealand for one win, a maiden victory at Hastings in May, before being transferred into Hickmott's care by owner and breeder Trish Dunell.

"They've got a lot of wet tracks in New Zealand so they wanted to give him a chance on top of the ground with the better prizemoney available," Hickmott explained.

"He's a very talented horse that's lightly raced and did a few things wrong down the side of the course, tossing his head up a couple of times.

"There's no doubt he'll get to 2000 metres easily in time, we'll let him go through his classes.

"We could give him a little break now and take him up to Queensland for a little trip away as well."

Talenti (NZ) and Barend Vorster , picture Quentinjlang.com

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