Philippi maintains unbeaten record
Oct 06, 2012
Exciting colt Philippi made it three from three with an impressive victory in the Listed UCI (Super Impose) Stakes at Flemington on Saturday - the three-year-old taking another step towards a possible VRC Derby start.
A horse who has always shown considerable natural talent, Philippi will next contest the Norman Robinson Stakes on Caulfield Day and providing he continues to progress he may head back to Flemington in November.
"We do have to be mindful that it is his first preparation," Michael Kent said.
"We are heading towards the Derby but we'll just let him tell us. Today was only his third run in his life and he's done a good job."
Impressed by the way in which the son of Swettenham Stud stallion Host finished off, Kent said "he was in a bit of an awkward spot on the home turn, just trying to get clear."
"But he's always been strong late and he was again today."
Riding Philippi for the first time, Brad Rawiller was pleasantly surprised by the colt's late surge.
"Half way down the straight he was going okay - he was going to run a place for sure but he was just grinding."
"But then he got to the 100m and he lifted again - and powered to the line."
"The best part about it from a Derby perspective," he continued, "was the way he travelled - he gave me a beautiful ride."
Swettenham Stud's Adam Sangster was on hand to enjoy his stallion Host's first stakes winner and he recalled that owner/breeder Rick Jamieson has always had a big wrap on Philippi.
"He took me to Gilgai a couple of times when Philippi was a foal and a yearling," he said, "and he always told me that this Host colt was exceptional."
"I had not seen him so excited about a young horse before!"
And that is saying something with Rick of course also the very proud breeder of superstar sprinter Black Caviar.