David Hercules Wins 2010 Caduceus Club 3YO Classic

David Hercules Wins 2010 Caduceus Club 3YO Classic

The David Thompson-trained David Hercules claimed a black type victory in a brilliant all-the-way win on Friday night when he beat home a quality field of rivals in the $40, 000 Group 3 Caduceus Club 3YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park, putting an end to his nine race losing streak.

It was a race for the underdogs as Artesian gelding David Hercules ($7.30) defeated Lombo Navigator ($15.70) by just over five metres with another outsider, Grinjaro ($21.60) a further 5.6m back for third.

The $3.50 favourite, the Ross Olivieri-trained Dasher VC finished a gallant fifth while other highly fancied entries fared even worse including Dasher VC’s stablemate Crombie ($6.20) and Gary Hall Senior’s Why Live Dangerously ($4.10) crossing the line eighth and tenth respectively.

It was the first time in seven career starts that the talented Dasher VC has finished worse than second and the result was disappointing for trainer Olivieri who was aiming for his second Caduceus Club success after winning with Saab in 1998.

David Hercules, driven by Colin Brown, began well from the inside and got an early lead ahead of the favourites drawn poorly on the outside. David Hercules held a comfortable lead by the first turn that he easily held onto coasting through for an impressive victory.

Lombo Navigator did well to move up to second place after sitting well back in the field mid-race while others faded including Why Live Dangerously who had sat towards the front for most of the race before tiring.

Dasher VC, who was ridden patiently by Lewis, pulled out a brilliant burst of acceleration just before the final turn but was only managed to place fifth after running four deep.

David Hercules, who ran a sizzling 35.2 lead time finishing with a sharp mile rate of 1:57.1 on Friday night, has now won five of his 18 career starts for a little over $140, 000 in prizemoney.

The $200, 000 Sky Channel WA Derby on April 16 is the next major focus for David Hercules, with his Caduceus Club victory greatly improving his stocks in the coveted event.

2010 Caduceus Club Classic Results:

Place

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
DAVID HERCULES
$26, 800 Fr1 D A Thompson C D Brown
2
LOMBO NAVIGATOR
$7, 200 Sr3 A L De Campo M W White 5.10
3
GRINJARO
$3, 600 Fr6 K A White S J Suvaljko 10.70
4
FRANCO JAZZMAN (NZ)
$1, 600 Fr4 G L Williams G L Williams 11.90
5
DASHER VC (NZ)
$800 Fr7 R A Olivieri A C Lewis 13.90
6
ACES RUNNING
Sr4 N J Keiley S C Reed 16.00
7
CROMAC JOHNNY (NZ)
Fr8 G L Williams N A Turvey 19.00
8
CROMBIE
Fr5 R A Olivieri M B Reed 23.50
9
AUSSIE TERROR
Sr2 C C Reeves M L Woodley 25.50
10
WHY LIVE DANGEROUSLY (NZ)
Fr2 G E Hall Snr. G E Hall Jnr. 33.00
11
CHILLIN DYLAN
Sr1 J R Graham R M Tither 37.30
12
CRIMINAL MINDS
Fr3 A J Suvaljko C A Suvaljko 75.90