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Winning Voyage at very short odds

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

Deep Voyage was sent off at an un-backable price on Sunday at Hawkesbury, although those game enough to take the short odds were rewarded with a brilliant win by a still immature horse in the 1800m maiden.

TBB Racing, Deep Voyage, Matthew Smith Racing, Darby Racing.
Image Courtesy of Bradley Photos

The three-year-old has been impressing trainer Matthew Smith with his work at home throughout his two preps in the racing stable; however, he has been racing a little green.

An eye injury and a bone cyst in his hock kept the Deep Field gelding out of action through his juvenile season, allowing him plenty of time to develop into his large frame.

"We were trying to look at the positives at the time and thought it would give him a good chance to continue to fill out when he was out injured," part-owner Todd Blum said.

"He was a big, beautiful yearling, and he finished his breaking without any issues before being found in the paddock with an issue around his eye.

"He was operated on, and the team at Randwick Equine did an outstanding job to keep the eye, as at one point, it was touch and go whether he might lose vision or not.

"On the second day of pre-training on return from that injury, he looked slightly lame behind. Investigations found that he had a cyst on his hock that needed treating. He had the screw put in, which hasn't hindered him since."

Tyler Schiller was having his first sit on the big-striding bay, and he gave him an eleven out of ten ride.

"It was good to see him get out of the barriers today and put himself on the speed," Schiller said.

"He was always going to be hard to run down because he is a big momentum horse, and it was good to see him go right through the line with it.

"He is still a bit green; he loves the rail. Even on the way to the gates, he was wanting to lay in, but great to get the win, and hopefully, he can keep going on with it."

It is the second winner for TBB Racing and Matthew Smith, after Twelfth Night, who Schiller also rode.

Tyler Schiller has had four rides on horses that feature TBB in the ownership, netting two winners, a fourth and a fifth.

"It was great to get the win with him today after he had been knocking down the door," trainer Matt Smith said.

"We will see how he comes through the run in the next couple of days before seeing where we go next. We could step up to the 2000m or put him away and give him a break. He'll be a much nicer horse with a bit more experience next time in."


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