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Immediacy (NZ) maintains unbeaten record in the Autumn Classic

Lightly-raced 3-year-old Immediacy (NZ) maintained his unbeaten record when comfortably landing a quality renewal of the $300,000, Group 2, Stow Storage Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield.

Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young at Cranbourne, the gelded son of Tarzino (NZ) went into the Pattern Race event on the back of wins on his home track in December and then in midweek company at Sandown, yet handled the assignment like a galloper very well equipped to compete at black-type level.

Positioned just worse than midfield in a contest run at a solid tempo, Immediacy (NZ) made the most on an inside passage, angling of the fence on the point of the home turn and displaying an impressive turn of foot to take control of the contest early in the straight.

The closing stages witnessed Immediacy (NZ) establish a clear break on his rivals before running out a three lengths winner.

Runner-up Caracas (NZ) followed the winner Immediacy (NZ)  virtually every step of the way and was just as responsible for a very promising Derby trial. The first two home were doing all of their best work at the finish, with Our Couver doing best of the others for third.

Immediacy (NZ) is now three-from-three following his Autumn Classic success; picture Racing Photos

Co-trainer Natalie Young said in her post race interview:  “He’s won three from three now and the first two he did a lot wrong and still got off the bit at the six hundred … looked like he was never going to win at Sandown and he came down and won.

“So it’s exciting to have a horse that can put three together and a Group Two on the way up, and we might have a genuine good Derby horse, hopefully.

“We’ll probably head to a Rosehill Guineas. It’s good prizemoney, [he] gets to run that way around and then [we'll] head into the Australian Derby.”

Winning jockey Luke Currie stated after the win: “Today, first time in the blinkers, he jumped away quite well … which he also did last time, but he just lost the bridle through the run last time. 

“Today he was probably doing it a little bit too keen if anything — five weeks between runs with the blinkers on — but that run under his belt might take that away from him a little bit. He showed a good turn of foot when I asked him when he came out.

“For a horse, he’s a bit of a baby. I think the blinkers really did the trick coming to Caulfield for the first time. It was good thinking by Nat and Trent to do that, take the risk that he may do too much, but with that bit of a break he ate up the 1800. It was a nice effort.”

SPs on the race were Immediacy (NZ) (by Tarzino) $4.80, Caracas (NZ) (by Shocking) $3.20 favourite, and Our Couver (by Vancouver) $17.00.

Official margins were 3 lengths x 1/2 length, and the winning time 1m49.61s.

Immediacy (NZ) boasts the bloodlines of some exceptional international influences. In addition to his first three dams being by Pivotal, Sadler’s Wells and Blushing Groom, he hails from the same family as the world class sprinter and proven dual hemisphere sire Stravinsky. Furthermore, his third-dam Fire The Groom won the celebrated Beverly D Stakes (Gr.1) and was US Grade 1 placed on another four occasions.

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