Deepstrike boosts Derby claims

 
Deepstrike boosts Derby claims31 Mar 2021

Deepstrike completed an inter-state double in Australia this afternoon for Tavistock with an impressive victory at Sandown.

The Cambridge Stud graduate’s performance over 1800 metres also confirmed he is on target for a Classic tilt.

“He’ll go to the Chairman’s in three and a-half weeks’ time and then on to the G1 Adelaide Derby,” co-trainer Michael Kent Jnr said.

Deepstrike placed in two of his three of starts last preparation, but has found his best form since he was gelded.

The 3-year-old was a first-up winner over 1600 metres at Pakenham and had no trouble extending his winning sequence today.

Deepstrike raced three wide near the back of the field before angling widest on the turn and produced a sustained finish under Michael Dee.

“He’s been flying at home and is a really natural stayer with that turn of foot, he’s exciting,” said Kent, who trains with Mick Price.

Deepstrike was purchased by Price at Karaka for $280,000 and is a son of the Zabeel mare Obey.

She is from the family of the Group winners and sires Commands, Danewin, Deep Field and Shooting To Win.