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Champion trainer Gary Hall snr was thrilled at Youre So Fine’s dazzling first-up victory in the Team Bond Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and he predicted that the New Zealand-bred colt would prove hard to beat in the rich WA Derby next May.
“He’s strong and a top-class horse, and is a very big chance in the Derby,” he said. “He will have a couple more starts and then have a spell before being prepared for the Derby and other feature events for three-year-olds next year.”
Youre So Fine won once from three starts in New Zealand early this year before he finished third at his West Australian debut, behind Tricky Miki in the group 1 Golden Slipper in July. He was then sent for a spell.
“He came back into work after a spell and looked terrific,” said Hall. “But he then lost a lot of condition when he had a growth spurt. He has now filled out and we’re happy with him.”
Youre So Fine, driven by Gary Hall jnr, was the $1.20 favourite on Friday night when $10 chance The Wildcard dashed to an early lead. Hall sent Youre So Fine forward, three wide, 530m after the start. The colt raced in the breeze before charging to the front 550m from home. He careered away from his rivals and won by seven lengths from the talented Always B Miki colt Paul Edward, a $16 chance who finished strongly from sixth at the bell.
Youre So Fine rated a smart 1.54.9 over the 1730m, with the quarters of the final mile being covered in 29.2sec., 28.8sec., 28.4sec. and 29.4sec. He has earned $53,381 from his two wins and two placings from five starts.