THE Bendigo Jockey Club has launched the careers of a plethora of Group One winners.
Rekindled Power cruises to victory for Dwayne Dunn.
That’s why it is known as the Nursery Of Champions.
Two maiden winners on Cup day could join the likes of Shocking and Better Loosen Up on the BJC’s Nursery Of Champions honour board in the future.
The Mike Moroney-trained Margin Trader and Paul Messara-trained Rekindled Power couldn’t have been more impressive in breaking their maiden status.
Both horses were ridden by Dwayne Dunn.
Dwayne Dunn aboard Margin Trader.
Margin Trader will be set for the AJC Derby at Sydney’s autumn carnival after scoring on debut.
Moroney had originally set the three-year-old for the Victoria Derby, but that preparation was cut short because the horse was too “colty”.
Moroney gelded the son of Tavistock and decided to give him a light spring.
Margin Trader burst clear at the 200m mark to win impressively from Tribal Doctor, with Bendigo galloper Windfleet an unlucky third.
Windfleet was held up for a run in the straight, but once clear flashed home late in the race.
Out of the same family as champion galloper Might And Power, Margin Trader is bred to get over 2000m plus.
“It’s good he could do that on raw ability,’’ Dunn said.
“He has still got a lot of education to come his way and he’ll improve again.
“It took me a bit by surprise how quickly he picked them up.”
Dunn collected his second win from as many races when Rekindled Power blew away its rivals to win the Bendigo RSL 3YO Maiden Plate.
The three-quarter brother to smart middle distance galloper Rekindled Interest scored a three-and-a-half length win over Inauguration, with Duke Of Brunswick third.
Trained at Scone by Paul Messara, Rekindled Power was going to run in Saturday’s Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington.
However, Messara and connections decided to give the horse an “easy kill” in a Bendigo maiden.
“Considering he could have run in the Carbine Club Stakes, you’d expect that he would win the race like that,’’ stable representative Rod Douglas said.
“Paul wanted to teach the horse a bit more on this nice big track with a good jockey on top.”
Next stop for Rekindled Power will either be Flemington on the last day of the carnival or the Sandown Guineas (1600m).
“He is a very nice horse, but whatever he does this time in, he will be better for it in the autumn,” Dunn said.
Inauguration was a solid effort in second place, while Duke Of Brunswick did plenty of work three wide and will be better suited with a sit next time around.
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