Bittercreek runs away from his rivals in Spirit Of Boom Classic triumph

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Team Corstens and Blake Shinn combined with Melbourne raider (+1000) to claim victory in the Group 2 (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday afternoon, breaking his maiden at the third time of asking.

The son of put the writing on the wall in an impressive second-up performance behind at on March 23, with the connections electing to bide their time before heading north for the .

The decision paid immediate dividends on Saturday, with the two-year-old careering down the centre of the course to secure the $300,00 prize, staving off the late challenge of El Morzillo (+360) in the concluding stages.

The -trained outsider Tiger Tie (+2500) ran them along at a solid clip down the side of the course, with electing to press forward to his outside aboard President (+1500).

The leading pair kicked away with 400m left to travel, before some of the key back markers started to come into play – including the quinella pair of Bittercreek and El Morzillo – while Zouna (+700) and Angel Capital (+190) both produced good late splits.

It was all about the winner in the end, however, with stable representative Will Larkin discussing the prospects of their progressive two-year-old.

“Probably the perfect start,” said Larkin.

“We came here thinking the 1200 (metres) might be a bit short as he'd want to stretch out but he's a good horse still working it out and he put it all together today.

“He's got a great pedigree. He's after a couple of Group 1 stakes-placed horses, and he's a colt, so it is good to get these things on the way through with bigger things to come.”

Blake Shin gave a strong appraisal of his mount, suggesting the best is yet to come from Bittercreek moving forward.

“He's a beautiful horse,” said Shinn.

“Well sorted out by Troy and Leon. I'm just delighted for Troy and the team. He is quite valuable, he's got a great page on him, and to get that stakes win and hopefully we're onwards to bigger things from today.

“(I was) very confident that this horse was smart. I jumped him out prior to his first start and I had quite an opinion of him. He's run well both times, he's got a great about him, great physical.

“The bloodlines , he's got Criterion on his page and I always thought he'd be a nice three-year-old miler so to do what he is doing now are only good signs for the future.”

Bittercreek is now on the fourth line of betting at +1400 for the Group 1 J.J Atkins (1400m) on June 15.

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