VRC Derby hopeful impresses on debut at Geelong

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After a terrific performance on debut at on Friday afternoon, two-year-old gelding Cadazio could have his felt in the 2022 Melbourne Spring .

The son of looks a live Derby prospect, following his two and a half-length win on debut over 1400m.

Watch Cadazio's Debut Win

Trained by Mick Price & Jnr, the promising youngster backed up a stylish trial victory at earlier in July to win well at the races.

Cadazio sat up on the speed under and was able to boot clear in the straight, giving -winning a really good feel.

“It was a great effort,” the jockey said on Racing.com post-race.

“The thing I was most impressed about today was in his parade he was very fresh and very well, went to the gates really keen, and I was a little bit worried he might be doing the same in the run.

“Once we pressed forward, it was a moderate tempo and he responded to coming back and relaxing really well, which is great for him because he's going to get over more ground.

“I think he's got a nice-enough future as a stayer.”

McNeil said that the galloper's “natural gate speed” took a lot of bad luck out of the equation, allowing the horse to run freely and win like his odds-on quote suggested he would.

“He put himself in that position,” he said.

“He's still a little bit green with his legs, he was changing and swapping and doing things a little bit backwards still – that'll come with experience.”

Markets have not yet been released for the Victoria Derby.

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