Illustrious Lad has always shown immense talent but his career has been hindered through behaviour issues from the barriers but his last 2 starts have seen him bounce right back to his best including 2 city wins and great 2nd to the Goodwood Handicap Favourite Supido recently in his last 3 starts.
In Adelaide on Derby day ridden by Anthony Darmanin Illustrious Lad began well before drifting back but when he peeled out from the 600m you could see the race was all but over with the great traditional turn of foot to put away a handy field with ease to win by 2 lengths.
" We beleive this horse will get to Group Stage in Melbourne and he will be turned out for the spring after a great preparation coming back from a mixed interstate campaign competing in the Magic Million series where he blew the start in the main race on the Gold Coast. To see his manners improve and his confidance grow this horse could get to serious level if he continues to perform in this way so the future is exciting" Peter Gelagotis states.
Illustrious Lad has now won 7 races inc the Creswick Stakes at Flemington and has earned just under $300,000 in Prize Money since being purchased from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales.