After putting on a show in the qualifying heat – winning by a miserly 23 lengths – Damek came out in the semi and wowed spectators by being dragged down early and still running away with 14 lengths to spare. His time of 30.22 on that occasion was just a preview compared to the scorching run shown in the final.
After bounding out from box two, the brindle flash had raced away entering the back and all eyes then moved towards the clock. Damek ran the 515m journey in 25.59 at only his fifth race start, just .09 outside of Big Moose’s track record. Regent Typhoon for Debbie Cannan put in a great effort to run second all the way, with the winners’ littermate, Daegan, grabbing third.
Owned by Peter Phillips and trained by Eileen Thomas, the flying son of Big Daddy Cool and World’s Finest has now taken out two feature finals, after landing the Hobart Maiden Thousand earlier in the year.
The Phillips’ litter has been a real talking point of late, with Decembrist, Daegen and Demetria the others in the accomplished group. Decembrist has been running slick times and putting in some gutsy come-from-behind performances, Demetria won its first start in a heat of the Easter Purse and Daegan had won five from nine before running a place in Monday’s final.
But Damek looks to be the pick of the crop, since running 26.10 at his first look at Hobart and a slashing 25.23 at Devonport at start number three.
The Illingsworth Classic looks to be the next assignment at his mercy, but it seems inevitable that we’ll see this chaser on mainland territory in the near future.