By Glenn Davis
Talented Caloundra gelding Deep Image stamped himself a genuine winter carnival contender with a decisive win at Doomben on Saturday.
Deep Image, ridden by Michael Cahill, stormed home to haul in early leader I’m A Rippa to score by a head in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate (1350m).
Candika finished on strongly to fill third placing, a further one length away.
Deep Image, who was almost sold to Hong Kong early in his career, didn’t surprise trainer David Vandyke with his second win from only four starts.
“I’ve always had a huge wrap on this horse and I ran him against Winning Rupert at his first start,” Vandyke said.
“He’s a big heavy horse and a typical Testa Rossa who didn’t handle the heavy track when he was beaten at Doomben last start.
“After he won his maiden I freshened him up with this race in mind.”
Vandyke plans to give Deep Image, a $150,000 buy at the Magic Millions sales, his next start in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on April 29.
“I won’t run him further than 1600 metres in the winter and there’s plenty of races available for him,” Vandyke said.
Earlier apprentice Rebecca Williams continued her good recent form when bargain buy Spirit Of Kiowa outstayed her opposition to win the James Boag Premium Benchmark 75 Handicap (2220m).
It was Williams’ third straight victory after winning aboard Cantbuybetter and Real Ego on Weetwood day at Toowoomba last week.
Williams produced a patient ride on Spirit Of Kiowa and bided her time until gaining a rails run in the straight to down favourite Toni May by a short half head.
Spirit Of Kiowa cost only $2,500 at the Magic Millions national weanling sales and has now won five of her 16 starts with prizemoney of $87,700.
Spirit Of Kiowa’s win followed her previous failure when she was found to have a slow recovery rate after being beaten more than 20 lengths at Doomben.
Racing Queensland webnews April 15