The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - COX PLATE 2019 -

SOUL Patch raced into Vic­to­ria Derby cal­cu­la­tions with a bril­liant dis­play to win the Drum­mond Golf Vase (2040m) for three-year-olds with the ad­di­tion of blink­ers for the first time, but trainer Ken Keys faces a dilemma as to whether they stay on for next Sat­ur­day.

Keys and jockey Dwayne Dunn said blink­ers made the dif­fer­ence to Soul Patch in his run­away win, but the horse was no cer­tainty to run in the Derby.

The blink­ers helped Soul Patch set­tle closer but eas­ing favourite Bat­ten­burg, who set­tled right be­hind the lead, faded.

Dwayne D D Dunn on Soul Patch.

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