Dr Drill after winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Dr Drill won his first race in Australia at Flemington on Saturday in a style that suggested it would be far from his last.
Heavily backed into $1.85 by the time they had jumped, the former English galloper previously known simply as Drill led the 1800-metre Rod Johnson Handicap and then left his rivals standing when Jye McNeil pushed the button inside the 400 metres.
On the line Dr Drill, who is owned in Hong Kong, held a two-and-three-quarter-length margin over One More Try ($6.50), with three-and-a-quarter lengths to Masculino ($9.50) in third place.
Co-trainer Dave Eustace was pleased with the manner in which Dr Drill scored at his fourth start in this country after some encouraging efforts in the lead-up.
"He showed a good turn of foot for a horse that will get over a bit more ground," Eustace said. "We hope he can take it to that next level and win a good race."
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Dr Drill won over 2400m at Newmarket nearly 12 months ago but Eustace said the stable is happy for the horse to continue his good form over shorter courses.
"He's very versatile, I think," Eustace said. "He will get further but while he's showing a good turn of foot, we don't need to rush.
"But if a race presents over 2000 (metres), we wouldn't be afraid to go there.
"He's very no nonsense. You could put him anywhere in a race, which helps a huge amount.
"Luca (Cumani) had him in England. He's never hard on them and so when you get a horse off him, you know that he's looked after them.
"He's been a very sound horse who enjoys his racing and is very relaxed and that has a lot to do with how a trainer like Luca managed him as a young horse."
Eustace said the stable is keen to continue racing the horse while he is showing such form but admitted he had an eye on possibilities this spring.
"It's a tricky time of year. He's obviously flying now so you don't want to stop but they can't go forever," he said.