Trainer Greg Eurell will aim high in the spring with I Did It Again after the gelding made an impressive start to his racing career at Caulfield.
I Did It Again was well supported in early markets for the John & Denise Cobcroft Handicap (1200m) on Saturday and the two-year-old lived up to the hype with a strong debut win.
I Did It Again bounced and raced on the speed on the rail, holding $3 favourite Bandipur one off the fence as Bandipur narrowly led to the turn.
With Nikita Beriman in the saddle, I Did It Again levelled up to Bandipur at the 200m and then edged clear to beat him by 1-1/4 lengths, with another three-quarters of a length to Aljawzaa ($5) third.
Eurell bred I Did It Again, a gelding by Niconni out of Not That Innocent, and the rising three-year-old is raced by the trainer’s wife, Danielle.
The Cox Plate-winning trainer is looking to target I Did It Again at the Group One Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October.
He plans to get a guide on that aspiration when he brings the gelding back from a freshen-up for races early in the spring.
“He’s given us every indication that he’s well above average,” Eurell said.
“It’s a big stepping stone to be a spring horse but they’ve got to start somewhere and he’s open to improvement from today.
“There’s a couple of nice races on the way through (to the Guineas) to give it a bit of a test and see how we go.”