Two-year-old Ducimus has continued his perfect career start with an impressive start-to-finish performance to win the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) on the famous Flemington straight this afternoon.
Ducimus experienced plenty of attention in Talindert Stakes betting markets in the hours leading up to jump and the colt did his chances of success no harm when he jumped well and immediately took up the running.
Setting a fair tempo in transit alongside the likes of Pandemonium and Something Violet, jockey Noel Callow led the son of Snitzel to the rail before asking for an extra effort, and the horse sustained a strong enough sprint to the line to withstand the challenge of a fast-finishing Taking Aim.
Callow conceded that the two-year-old still has plenty to learn, but is confident that his ability suggests he will furnish into a Caulfield Guineas prospect in spring.
“He went to Ballarat and had a rap on him, and he was good,” Callow said after the race.
“Today he’s good, because he was out there on his own and laid in, but it’s not his fault because he’s green.
“He still put them away, he didn’t even touch the rail on the winning post. He’s just a big, raw ability.
“When this horse starts going straight, which he will because it’s early days, he’s going to be a nice horse.
“When the penny drops, it’s pretty exciting. Caulfield Guineas I reckon.”
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was on hand for Ducimus’ win in the Talindert Stakes and revealed that future plans are yet to be set for the exciting two-year-old.
“When you’ve got one that’s a big price tag, with a big pedigree by a great stallion, all of a sudden you start to look stallions again,”
“This is his first prep and to be fair, they’ve done a really good job looking after the horse and doing everything with him.
“For a first serious acing prep, you can’t do much more than what he’s done, he’s won two out of two.
“I wouldn’t mind if he was a little tight tomorrow so we could tip him out.”
Ducimus was purchased for $700,000, but has already recouped close to $100,000 in prize money through his two career starts.