Trainer John Zielke is already talking about the 2018 winter carnival after his gelding Hopes Eternal turned in a freak performance to win at Doomben.
Hopes Eternal ($1.95) was last at the 800m on Saturday but came with a withering burst to run down leader Mishani Phantom ($3) and win by 2-3/4 lengths in the opening two-year-old race (1050m).
“At most we might give him one more start before a spell. But I wouldn’t hear of him getting beaten today and even when he was last at the 800m I knew he would still win,” Zielke said.
“He did the same when he won the O’Shea Plate at his first start as he couldn’t go early but really flew home.”
“He is bred to get 1400m to 1600m and the winter carnival will probably be his aim.”
Hopes Eternal was bred and raced by Evan Hartley, who heads the Dovedale syndicate, Queensland’s leading two-year-old operation.
Winning jockey Luke Dittman has a big opinion of Hopes Eternal and believes he has untapped potential.
“He doesn’t give you much from the gates to the 600 metres but after I gave him one behind he took off,” he said.