Bott fore­casts bright fu­ture for blinker- less ‘ Deb’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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.

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