Stephen Marsh has tipped a bright future for Not Usual Talent, although he is unsure if it will be from his Cambridge stable.
He has a healthy opinion of the son of Zacinto, who kept his perfect record intact when he beat a handy line-up of age group gallopers in the Laser Electrical 3YO (1560m) at Rotorua on Monday.
“He’s been a popular horse with overseas buyers and I daresay he’ll be even more popular now,” Marsh said.
“If I’ve still got him, he’s definitely a horse to follow.”
The gelding was a debut winner at Te Aroha last month and he handled a rise in class with aplomb under in-form jockey Danielle Johnson.
They sat at the back of the field until the 700m mark when they improved around the field and Not Usual Talent sustained a strong finish to win convincingly.
“He’s got a big, loafing action and he’ll be better again over 2000m,” Marsh said.
“He’s a lovely horse who we’ve taken our time, but he’s still raw. We’ve always thought a fair bit of him.”
Marsh said Not Usual Talent, who is from the family of the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) winner Magnet Bay, would continue to improve with time.
“He’s got plenty of ability and he’ll be a lot better next preparation. Whether I’ve still got him I don’t know.”
Podravina went forward from her wide gate to sit outside the leader and, after hitting the front 200m from home, she fought on for second ahead of her stablemate Ladynadel and La Stella Mia.