Beginning well from box two, the Ted Medhurst-trained sprinter was outpaced early by the classy Senor Slamma (box eight), which assumed the lead soon after box rise on Tuesday afternoon.
Sitting on the leader’s heels, Dark Vito stuck to the rail for most of the trip before switching to the outside around the home turn, issuing a stern challenge to the front-runner.
Once the leading pair straightened, Dark Vito unleashed a powerful finishing burst to sprint past Senor Slamma to score by one length in a quick 25.25.
Senor Slamma held on for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of a fast-finishing Prescribe (box five), another from Medhurst’s kennel.
Dark Vito, a son of Collision and Carlita Bale, has won 10 races from 19 starts with four minor placings. The victory was his sixth in succession and there is no doubt he is destined for a bright future.
Group Three Devonport Cup full results
1st: Dark Vito (2) – Ted Medhurst
2nd: Senor Slamma (8) – Gary Johnson
3rd: Prescribe (5) – Ted Medhurst
4th: Breaker’s Tip (4) – Gary Fahey
5th: Bruny Venture (6) – Gary Fahey
6th: Her Highness (1) – Kelly Bravo
7th: Rip And Tear (7) – Gary Fahey
8th: Pipstar (3) – Robin Grubb
Margins: 1 x 3/4