Following his astonishing turn of foot to win on debut, Voldemort is likely to have his next start in the Group Three Kindergarten at Randwick.
The colt, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Fung Family Investments, turned plenty of heads when flying from almost last to first in the final 300m of his Scone success. Although the son of Not A Single Doubt showed inexperience during his opening effort trainer Annabel Neasham was delighted with the performance.
“It was a lovely win but I wasn’t too surprised by the performance because his trials were very good and he’s always shown ability in his work,” Neasham told punters.com.au
“He’s still very green and raw, he can get a bit disorganised in his action and can lose momentum. That’s why we thought Scone would really suit him on debut because it’s a big roomy track that would give him time to go through his gears.
“In saying that, it was a superb steer by (Jockey) Shaun (Guymer) – a very, very good ride,”
That praise for the rider is well deserved. Guymer and his mount only had one rival in behind them as the field hit the 300m mark. The rider chose to come through horses rather than circle the field, which may have made all the difference between winning and losing.
“I’m not sure he wins if Shaun goes to the outside because he would have lost a bit of momentum doing it,” Neasham added.
“The ability is there – he’s obviously a very exciting horse – but I liked that he was brave enough to go through that gap, which isn’t always the case with inexperienced horses.
“He’ll go to the Kindergarten now and we’ll see where we go from there.”