The well supported Divine Unicorn kept his followers happy with an emphatic win in the Group 3 $200,000 Lazy Yak Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben today.
The Matt Dunn trained Divine Unicorn was backed in from $6 to start the $4.40 second favourite and proved too strong for the drifting $2.60 favourite Tradesman.
Winning jockey Jim Byrne settled Divine Unicorn in the box set and the lightly raced emerging stayer settled okay in the middle stages and once Byrne found the gaps in the straight, the gelding surged to the line to record his fourth win from only eight race starts.
Toowoomba trained Jumbo Prince ($12) raced on the pace and did a good job to hold on for third.
Divine Unicorn was stepping up to the 2200m of the Tattersall’s Cup for the first time but handled the extra distance well following his last start third in the Listed $100,000 The Wayne Wilson (1600m) at Doomben on June 9.
“He has taken some quantum leaps this preparation,” Dunn said.
“I was nervous going from 1600m to 2200m with a horse as inexperienced as he is but he proved today that he is certainly a stayer with a massive future ahead of him.”
Dunn is predicting a bright staying future for Divine Unicorn who will most likely head to the paddock now for a break before a possible Spring Carnival campaign.
“I am not sure where we end up with this horse but certainly with what he is doing now and if he keeps improving he could end up anywhere.”
“I will assess him and see how he is. There is not a whole lot on for him now. We might give him a little bit of a break and bring him back in the Spring and see what we can do.”
Blake Shinn had the favourite Tradesman travelling smoothly in midfield and made a move at the 600m to join the leaders on the home turn.
The Darren Weir trained six year old was in the firing line at the 200m but the winner was too strong in the run to the line.