Classy sprinter Voodoo Lad has returned to racing in style at Caulfield this afternoon; mustering an impressive turn of foot to comfortably win the Group 3 The Heath (1100m).
Voodoo Lad ran an impressive second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up in autumn and he did his chances of repeating that effort no harm when he jumped well in The Heath and took a position midfield.
The I Am Invincible gelding rounded onto the final straight wide and with plenty to do, but he stamped himself as one to follow through the Spring Carnival with an outstanding turn of foot; savaging the line for a strong win.
Brad Rawiller remains undefeated aboard Voodoo Lad and is confident that the horse will finally live up to his potential at the highest level this time in.
“He’s such a smart horse and I’m undefeated on him as well,” Rawiller said.
“He was well placed today, he’s always gone well at Caulfield and he’s fresh, but Darren was mindful before the race that he wasn’t wound-up like he has been first-up previously.
“There’s plenty left in store for this bloke and he’s just a beautiful animal. He’s had 22 starts now and I think he’s only missed the places three times.
“Hopefully we’re going to see a really nice race for him this spring.”
Trainer Darren Weir was on hand for Voodoo Lad’s run in The Heath, but revealed that plans are yet to be set in stone for the gelding this time in.
“The crew down at Warrnambool were really confident, but I saw him Monday and I thought gee, you look like you need a run!” Weir said.
“Obviously the gallop brought him on nicely and the way that the track’s racing, he got to the right spot and was able to get out wide and build into it, and was strong through the line with a bit to come I reckon.
“We’ve been able to get the right amount of work into him, he’s a great fresh horse and he’s been a ripper for the stable.
“I’m not sure where we’ll go. I guess we’ll go and map something out for him, but aim for a good race at some stage.”
So Si Bon continued his strong run of form; hitting the line well to finish second, while Crystal Dreamer boxed on to finish third.