Trainer Neville Parnham believes Turbo Power can develop into an Ascot summer carnival contender after the three-year-old shed his maiden status with a fighting win at Belmont on Saturday.
Parnham’s faith in the son of Vital Equine was validated after the gelding, ridden by his son, Steven, upset the return of last season’s top juvenile Debellatio in the Gary McGowan Plate (1300).
Turbo Power was virtually left friendless by punters, starting an outsider at $16.50, but after sitting outside of the leader Danes Maree and being challenged in the straight he kicked strongly.
He drew away over the final 100m and scored by three quarters of a length from The Escort, who ran a solid race on the inside, with favourite Debellatio peaking on his run to be close up in third position.
Debellatio had the run of the race in fourth spot and looked poised to run over the top of his rivals in the straight, but racing first-up without a trial since his Sires’ victory in April, he lacked the fitness edge.
Parnham said Turbo Power, a $36,000 Perth Magic Millions yearling, had shown positive signs after bouncing back from a disappointing seventh to Dainty Pat at his previous start at Belmont two weeks ago.
“I was confident he would run really well, even with buzz around Debellatio who is a quality horse,” Parnham said.
“I’ve always had a pretty high opinion of him and I’m surprised it’s taken to now for him to win a race.
“I couldn’t understand his previous run and we couldn’t find anything wrong after checking him out.
“Now that he has found some form we may look at another race, but I think he is a horse with potential.”
Meanwhile veteran trainer Colin Webster is confident Listed winner Properantes is back on track after working hard to score an overdue win.
Ending a 616-day losing sequence, Properantes, ridden by Troy Turner, defeated an unlucky Wayside by a half-head with Astronomite third.
“Last time in he was out of sorts and didn’t come up,” Webster said.
“He is a pretty good horse and I was confident he would run well.”