Adelaide Ace after winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Tuesday's release of Victoria Derby nominations contained two colts from the Lindsey Smith stable and the pair justified their payment fee 24 hours later at Flemington on Wednesday.
Adelaide Ace ($6) won the $60,000 AAMI Victoria Derby Trial (1800m) while stablemate Olympic Oath ($6.50) ran an eye-catching fifth, 2.35 lengths behind his stablemate.
Both horses will head towards the G1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 2 with Smith undecided about the pathway towards their target.
"I'm a one-race-at-a-time man, I don't get too far ahead of myself because it leads to disappointment," Smith quipped.
"He (Adelaide Ace) had a bit of improvement. He did a bit of work (in the run), had a bit of cover and then kept trying to find the line.
"He looks like he'll run the journey. His coat still hasn't come out yet so he's got past the first hurdle.
"The jockey (John Allen) was quite keen to ride him after his jumpout at Ararat so that's pleasing.
"The other horse (Olympic Oath) was bottled up on the fence and he's a big bowling, goofy sort of horse. I thought his run wasn't too bad and once he gets over 2000 metres and further he'll come into his own."
Smith prepared the winner of the Victoria Derby in 2004 when Plastered defeated Adelaide Ace's sire, Savabeel, and Count Ricardo.
The Mitch Freedman-trained Southern Moon ($8.50) was runner-up, beaten by Adelaide Ace in a photo finish, with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Sacramento ($41) a further three-quarters of a length away in third.
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