Stakes missions now for Deels Done

Jason Waddell looking across aboard Deels Done to see if he has grabbed Henley Road in time at Pukekohe today.

Stephen Marsh can press ahead with a couple of black type missions for Deels Done after the promising Cambridge three-year-old lived up to expectations at Pukekohe today.

Though Deels Done’s best result in four trials had been a fourth of 10 over 935m at Cambridge last month, it was obvious he would be better suited when stepped up in distance and he showed that in his debut when running on well for second behind Kainui Rose over 1400m at Matamata earlier this month.

On the strength of that performance, the son of current boom sire Dundeel was backed into warm favouritism in the Karaka Accounting 1600 today, but he had to be good to win.

After being settled in the rear by rider Jason Waddell, he was still back at the 600m then pushed along to make ground wide out rounding the home turn.

He was still standing the leaders up a big start on straightening, but he lengthened stride and continued to build momentum down the long straight. Then just as the Linda Laing-trained Henley Road looked like holding on for victory, he lunged late and got the decision right on the line, scoring by a mere nose.

‘’It was a huge effort, especially for a three-year-old limited to one previous start,’’ said Marsh.

‘’He was taking on the older horse and to get back and do that was really good. It’s the way he did it, making a long-sustained run.

“Since we gelded him he has turned into a real racehorse. I’m rapt. Bring on 2000m.”

Deels Done will get his opportunity over 2000m when he heads to Awapuni for the Gr.3 $70,000 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic on March 30 then three weeks later, all going well, he can contest the Gr.2 $100,000 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.

“They are the two on our radar, but he had to win today,’’ said Marsh.

Deels Done is raced by the Go Racing Under My Spell Syndicate, having been bought by Go Racing for $100,000 from the 2017 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka.

Bred by the Hawkins family’s Llanhennock Trust, Deels Done is from Entrancement, an unraced Danehill mare who is a half-sister to Fears Nothing, a winner of seven races including the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie and runner-up in the Gr.1 Easter Handicap (1600m) and third in the Gr.3 Waikato Guineas.

This is a highly successful European family with Deels Done’s third dam, Interval (by Habitat), being a Group Two winner in France who ran third in the Gr.1 English 1000 Guineas.

Continent, the Champion Sprinter in Europe in 2002 and winner of the Gr.1 Newmarket July Cup and a Group One at Longchamp in France, is also closely related as is another French Group One winner Zambezi Sun.