The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Uderzo, a three-year-old gelding by Vadamos, closed over the top of runner-up Eridor to score impressively on debut.
“He is quite a nice horse, he just needs to learn to settle a wee bit, that is why we ran him over 1200m to run him off his feet a bit,” Scott said.
“He will certainly get around two corners at some part of his career, when the penny drops.
“We will take it race by race and we are in no big hurry to go anywhere. The group that owns him have been incredibly patient with him and they know he is only going to get better with age.
“I think one thing he needs is quick ground and there may be a shortage of that over the next little while. We will just find our way with him.”
Scott was bullish on the stock of Monsun’s Group One winning son Vadamos, who stands at Rich Hill Stud.
“We have got four or five and we like them all. They can all gallop and we went back and bought one last year and another one this year. They are fast horses that have got a turn of foot and we really like them,” he said.
Vadamos, whose eldest are three, has had 17 winners from 62 Southern Hemisphere runners including Group Two winner La Crique, who was runner-up in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), and Listed winners Art De Triomphe and Grace’s Secret.
– NZ Racing Desk