Powerful first-up win for Odeon at Bendigo

Mar 14, 2017

Exciting galloper Odeon started has campaign towards a possible Derby start in the best possible fashion with his first-up success at Bendigo.

Odeon won his maiden in dominant fashion over 1700m at Geelong in August before competing well among the top staying three-year-olds in the spring.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided to stop short of running the son of Zacinto in the gruelling Victoria Derby while the duo also decided to geld Odeon to give him the best chance to achieve his potential.

The approach looks set to pay off after Odeon’s win over older horses in the Leon Wiegard Class 1 Handicap (1400m).

Damian Lane had to guide Odeon around a tricky Bendigo track at which the outer section was superior but the handy galloper finished too well for his opposition to get home by a head over the unsuitable short trip.

“He trialled very dour at his most recent trial so that’s why he was at the seven (furlongs – 1400m) first-up and he raced a bit fresh today,” Lane said.

“It was good to see the zip back in his legs and it was good to get the win today.

“He’s still a bit of a kid but he’s definitely taking the small steps in the right direction.

“I think as he gets deeper into his preparation and more work into him, I think he’ll really come around and hopefully there’s a good race in him.”

Odeon’s second win came at his eighth start while the promising stayer’s success earned him a $12,650 winner’s cheque, taking his stakes tally to more than $60,000.