The $1.5 million Victoria Derby has been won by Polanski at Flemington Racecourse today November 2, 2013.
Complacent placed in second position, while Thunder Fantasy rounded out the first three in third.
Polanski was paying odds of $11 with Double The Odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to win the 2013 Victoria Derby.
The three-year-old was just too strong for the 15 other runners in the race as he burst through the pack to win the race by three lengths.
Polanski was purchased for just $4,000 from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale last April and has now won four of nine race starts and earned more than 1.17 million in prize money.
Polanski was ridden by Hugh Bowman, who claimed his third Victoria Derby since 2009 in today’s race.
“It’s my third Derby in four years,” Bowman said.
“I’d just like to give all the credit to (trainer) Robbie Laing.
“He couldn’t have turned this horse out any better.
“Of the three Derby winners, this guy’s the strongest.
“I didn’t know how far in front I was.
“At the 600 (metres) I just had so much horse. So I let him roll.”
Trainer Robbie Laing admitted he had been quietly confident all week about Polanski’s 2013 Victoria Derby chances.
“(It’s) an absolute fairytale,” Laing said.
“(There were) no great surprises with him.
“My last text to a couple of owners this morning was don’t worry too much, there’ll be a margin.
“I hope this is sort of the beginning of a new era with RE Laing Racing.
“He could go right on and be a good weight-for-age horse.”
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2013 Victoria Derby Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||POLANSKI||Robbie Laing||Hugh Bowman||–||1||55.5kg||$5.50|
|2||2||COMPLACENT||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3L||14||55.5kg||$7|
|3||13||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||4.25L||7||55.5kg||$31|
|4||1||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Craig Williams||4.45L||12||55.5kg||$11|
|5||10||TUPAC AMARU||Peter Snowden||Craig Newitt||6.45L||8||55.5kg||$21|
|6||5||DRAGO||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||6.55L||16||55.5kg||$26|
|7||16||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||Glen Boss||7.05L||10||55.5kg||$21|
|8||7||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes||Luke Nolen||10.3L||2||55.5kg||$71|
|9||14||SURGING WAVE||David Hayes||Nicholas Hall||10.4L||13||55.5kg||$21|
|10||15||FAMECHON||Michael Moroney||Dwayne Dunn||12.4L||4||55.5kg||$31|
|11||9||EPIC SAGA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||14.15L||15||55.5kg||$51|
|12||6||SAN DIEGO||Peter Snowden||Steven Arnold||14.65L||6||55.5kg||$8|
|13||11||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||John Sadler||Nash Rawiller||20.65L||3||55.5kg||$21|
|14||3||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||21.15L||11||55.5kg||$4F|
|15||12||THROW THE KING||John Sadler||Thomas Sadler (a)||41.15L||5||55.5kg||$101|
|16||8||TIPS AND BEERS||David Hayes||Brett Prebble||49.15L||9||55.5kg||$41|
|–||18e||EMPIRE ROCK||David Hayes||Daniel Moor||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||–||0||–||–|