The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Ferrari Man glimpsed his potential before he stormed to his first win at Bendigo.
After failing to win in his first five starts in NSW, Ferrari Man was sent to the Melbourne stable of Waterhouse and Bott to score in the 1600m Maiden Plate at Bendigo on Wednesday.
It was the third Victorian start for the Ferrari Man, who hit Elkington Road on his first run in Melbourne before being overtaken by Artzino at Sandown on September 7.
Ferrari Man, the $1.45 favourite, led under Jordan Childs and scored by six lengths from Naval Aviator ($9) and Warchime ($4.80) a further four lengths third.
Rebecca Shanks, who is in charge of the Waterhouse and Bott team in Melbourne, said the Ferrari Man deserved his victory on Wednesday.
“The two horses that have beaten him in his last two starts are clearly very good,” Shanks told racing.com.
“The former won and won at Flemington and the latter is heading to the Derby.
“It’s only fair that he finished second to them and won well today.
Shanks said that Ferrari Man has done a lot of wrong in both his track and racing before and is slowly starting to put it together.
“He’s tended to overdo it in his early starts, even over 1000m, so it was really pleasing to see him come here today and settle down,” Shanks said.
“In the mile a lot of credit goes to Jordie who rated the horse quite well.
“The instructions today were for him to roll in front and show how fit he is and he certainly did that.
“It was encouraging to see him do the right things in his third start in Melbourne so we’ll let him run his mark.
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