UNDERATED stayer Bidirectional confirmed he is on track to embark on another major cups campaign with an impressive win in a benchmark 76 handicap over 1600 metres in Launceston on Wednesday night.
Bidirectional was having his second start this preparation and going into the race his trainer Adam Trinder regarded the seven-year-old only a place chance.
But when the heavily backed favourite Earl Da Vinci was pulled up at the top of the home straight, the race opened up and it was Bidirectional that finished the best to score from Datuk Zadragon and Mr America.
“That was a very nice surprise, although I was confident he would be competitive because his first-up effort was good and his work through the week also was impressive,” Trinder said.
“He is going to be much better suited over more ground because I ran him over 3200 metres last prep and he handled it well.
“Obviously the major cups will be on the agenda if he continues to improve.”
Bidirectional won the Night Cup and was competitive in all the other lead-up races to the Hobart and Launceston cups last season but he seems a much more mature customer this time in.
Jockey Anthony Darmanin was delighted with the win.
“Winning over 1600 metres is a real bonus for this horse because he is a genuine stayer and he gave me a great feeling tonight,” Darmanin said.
“Adam has the horse just where he needs to be with a cups campaign during the summer in mind.”