Apr 07, 2013
It was only a matter of time before things went right for exciting three-year-old Philippi and all went to plan at Rosehill on Saturday - the dashing chestnut racing away to an easy three length victory in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes.
Running into trouble at each of his Melbourne runs this time in, Philippi was beautifully handled by Luke Nolen who gave the colt time to find his feet back in the field early.
"He had horses racing tightly on him from both sides," he reported, "and it took a while for him to come back kindly for me."
"But once he did he travelled really well and he was strong through the line."
Hooked out wide into the better going at the turn, Philippi charged home - hitting the lead at the 250m and proving a class above his rivals.
Philippi's win, his fourth from just seven starts, came as a relief to Michael Kent who had been exasperated by the horse's lack of fortune this preparation.
"He has had no luck at all," he rued - still confident that Philippi could've won the Australian Guineas if not for being held up for much of the straight.
Again finding trouble when a game second to Hvasstan in the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley, Philippi showed himself to be right on target for a crack at the Australian Derby.
"That will top him off nicely," said Nolen whilst Kent was a bit more circumspect, wary of the good form leading into next week's Classic - "watching last weekend's winner (It's A Dundeel) was pretty sobering!" he said.
Well fancied in the lead up to last year's Victoria Derby, Philippi was instead given time, Kent always confident that the young horse would improve as he matured.
Owner/breeder Rick Jamieson was on course to enjoy the moment, describing the win as "a great thrill."
"He is a good horse," he said, "he toughed it out well."
"It might be a big week," he continued - alluding to the much anticipated sale this week of his Redoute's Choice half-brother to Black Caviar at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale.