Gun 3yo Levendi could be mistaken for being one of the most unluckiest horses this Spring when all things for different reasons fell apart in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude & the Guineas itself where he was a tragic heart break story nearly falling on the home turn but picking himself up late to finish home hard for 6th place.
Upon pulling up quite scratchy Levendi was sent to Coronet Bay for some beach time & this clearly done him the world of good and whilst he missed the Derby opportunity he was freshened up wonderfully well by his trainer Peter Gelagotis and staff.
"Levendi was a candidate for the paddock after the messy Caulfield Guineas race however we chanced our arm and backed our horse and facilities to enable ourselves a great opportunity in the Carbine over 1600m on Derby Day to not only prepare him right but get him over the mental stress of what happened at Caulfield. Its no secret this could be one out of the best we've had as this son of Pierro could be something special in the Autumn and arguably should already be a Group 1 winner but having a Group 3 win next to this stallion prospect means the future is very bright" Gelagotis said
Ridden by regular rider Ben Melham Levendi travelled wonderfully well in the run and whilst being held up at the 250m mark had the tactical nouse to get out of trouble and once Melham saw daylight it was evedint the race was over and Levendi done the rest running good time beating a quality field and finally proving his talent and previous bad luck.
Levendi will now be set for the Australian Guineas before heading to Sydney for the lucrative carnival during the Autumn.