Bott forecasts bright future for blinker- less ‘ Deb’
DEBONAIRLY might have been without blinkers but it didn’t strip her of her class.
What’s more, trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are confident Debonairly’s breakthrough Listed $150,000 Woodlands Stakes (1100m) triumph yesterday at Scone won’t be her last at black type.
“She is an out-and-out speed filly but very classy,’’ Bott said. “When she won so brilliantly on debut at Warwick Farm, we had her pegged as a Magic Millions chance.
“But she went to Brisbane and it didn’t go right for her up there so rather than push on to the Magic Millions, we felt it was better to give her a break.’’
Debonairly ($3.50) sat behind Lipizzan ($21) into the straight then railed through and kicked away to score by 1½ lengths. I Am Excited ($21) was third while favourite Almanzo- ra ($2.50) looked to have every chance before finishing fourth.
Tommy Berry said the decision to remove the blinkers on Debonairly was the key.
“As soon as she was near the pony (clerk of the course horse) she relaxed and her heart rate dropped straight away,’’ Berry said.