Trainer Scott Brunton was searching for superlatives after Mandela Effect returned to racing with an impressive win at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
“He’s a star – you’ve probably just seen one of the best horses you’ll see race here,” Brunton said after Mandela Effect lumped 60kg to his fifth win in 10 starts.
Although the outstanding four-year-old scored by only a half length it was the manner of the win, coming from last, that impressed Brunton.
“Teagan (Voorham) rode him quiet and she did have to ask him for a little bit in the straight but he responded like a good horse,” the trainer said.
“He’s still very raw and green so we’ll just take small steps.
“He’ll have his next start here in an open 1400m race then we’ll take him to Flemington on Oaks Day for a 1600m benchmark 80 worth $200,000.”
Mandela Effect has already had one start in Melbourne and created a huge impression when he came from a seemingly hopeless position to win at Caulfield in July.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD Evil In Me was a late starter in racing due to injury but is quickly making up for lost time.
After minor placings at her first two starts, Evil In Me broke through with a game win in the Tabcorb Maiden.
Broadmarsh trainer Sarah Cotton said the mare fractured her pelvis as a yearling and, although it wasn’t a bad break, she was given plenty of time to recover.
”She’s still pretty small but she’s as tough as nails,” Cotton said.
“I was pretty confident she’d win tonight but you never really know.”
The win was jockey Troy Baker’s 14th for the season.
The hard-luck story of the race belonged to runner-up I Am The Dude who reared at the start and hit his head on the stalls.
He settled last before rattling home to get beaten by a neck.
ZUBERINA defied a market drift to win the Class 1 Handicap after a positive ride from Siggy Carr.
From a wide gate, Carr settled the Scott Brunton-trained mare outside leader Emsgem and she proved a little too strong.
Despite having a win and three placings from her previous four starts, Zuberina eased from $6 to $10 with Ubet before starting at $9.50.
RAMAADI BULLET broke a long run of outs in the Maiden/Class 1 Plate after a change of tactics.
The Liandra Gray-trained gelding normally settles back in the field but had over-raced badly at his previous run so jockey Bulent Muhcu pushed forward early to sit outside the heavily-backed leader Lord Derby ($6 to $2.60).
Ramaadi Bullet ($10 to $18) went on to score by a neck – his first success in 23 Tasmanian starts.
A LIGHTING failure mid-meeting resulted in the last three races being put back 30 minutes.