Isopatch is the latest horse to emerge in 2011 Victoria Derby contention after an impressive win last weekend in the Listed UCI Stakes at Flemington.
It was his first go at the 1800m and he loved every bit of it showing class throughout and running through the line strongly.
The final margin was a length and a half from Eagle Command who ran on well late ahead of Costly Commitment.
Jockey Danny Nikolic said he was very happy with his performance and takes plenty out fo the improvement that he’s making.
“He is a nice horse who might get to the Derby,” Nikolic said.
“Last time in he was bit of head case and light in the mouth but he is a lovely horse and he is maturing all the time.”
It was the ninth career start for Isopatch on Sunday and it was far from his first visit to black type racing.
He won the Listed Oaklands Plate over 1600m in Adelaide back in April as well as running third in the Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes across 1600m at Flemington in May.
There’s no doubt the horse was really searching for a longer journey after running last in the Henry Bucks over 1400m and third last in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude over 1400m so far this prep.
He had to work hard for the win to, getting back deep and wide in the early stages of the race.
“My instructions were to go back today and …he was three deep with cover,” Nikolic said.
“He travelled into race very good from the 600 metres to the top of the straight and while he hit the front too early (at the 200 metres) he held on very strongly.
“He’s got the right attitude (for the Derby) and is a nice horse going forward.”
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