The ever impressive three-year-old It’s a Dundeel has made light work of his well qualified counterparts in the feature race on David Jones Australian Derby Day at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
In claiming the feature race, It’s a Dundeel became the first horse since Octagonal in 1996 to win the three-year-old triple crown and the first to do so in the modern set.
It’s a Dundeel, trained by NZ trainer Murray Baker claimed the Group 1 David Jones Australian Derby (2,400m) by five-and-a-half lengths.
“He’s got that great acceleration, he seems to just pick them up easily,” Baker said after the race.
“To win three Group 1 races in Sydney, it’s a very big effort. He’s the best”.
The winning jockey, James McDonald, could barely contain his delight at the win. McDonald saluted the crowd as he crossed the line and followed it with a Franki Dettori-style jump from the saddle in the parade ring.
”I don’t think I have ever won a race so easily and that was a Group 1 Race in Australia, the Derby,” McDonald exclaimed.
“He’s an incredible horse and he’s got a fantastic future.”
Source : Australian Turf Club