I Did It Again lands plunge on debut at Caulfield
Jul 17, 2017
Darryl Sherer - 15 Jul 2017
I Did It Again landed a plunge when winning Saturday's John and Denise Cobcroft 2YO Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield.
The Greg Eurell-trained I Did It Again was backed in from as high as $16 when markets opened earlier in the week on the strength of a close second in a trial at Pakenham last month and those who took the odds were always on good terms with themselves.
Settled third along the inside by Nikita Beriman with the leader Bandipur racing two horses off the fence, I Did It Again ($4.60) came through smoothly to challenge around the home turn before gradually asserting his authority to defeat Bandipur ($3 fav) by 1 1/4-lengths.
Eurell said he had been expecting a good effort and was relieved to see the gelding reproduce his home form on debut.
"It's always nice to see them confirm in a race what you see them do at home," Eurell said.
"He bounced into a good spot and he's very professional - he's a horse that can make his own luck and that plays a big part.
"I think he's still got a fair bit of improvement on what he's shown today and once he matures I think he's going to make a really nice horse."
Eurell not only trains I Did It Again but also bred the two-year-old son of Nicconi, a half-brother to Group III-winning mare I Love It.
"I think he's going to make a nice horse so we'll have a think about where he goes next," Eurell said.
"I'd say he'll have a let-up now and then think about what we do with him in the spring,
"I'd like to think he can head in the mile direction - he's always given me that impression but some nice races on the way through to test him,
"You've got to aim high I suppose so a race like the Caulfield Guineas and if he doesn't make it then you can always come down."
Aljawzaa ($5) was beaten two lengths into third on a track upgraded to good (3).