Polanski punched his ticket to the G1 Victoria Derby with a lead-up victory in the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.
Polanski (3c Rakti – Citrium by Citidancer) was a Listed winner of the Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 5 and kept improving to defeat Darley colt San Diego (Exceed And Excel) by a head on Saturday.
“I knew with a bit of cover he would hit the line hard,” trainer Robbie Laing said. “He was three to four lengths fitter and I thought he was a certainty.”
The Victorian bred colt is the first stakes winner by former Chatswood Stud shuttler Rakti who won the 2002 Derby Italiano before transferring to England where he added further Group 1 victories in the English Champion Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Lockinge Stakes.
Rakti (Polish Precedent) died at Chatswood Stud in December 2010 after fracturing a pelvis.
Polanski cost just $4,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale. His dam Citrium had already thrown city winners by Chatswood residents Genuine and Invincible Spirit before her Rakti colt paraded at Oaklands Junction.
Citrium has a 2yo filly by Amadeus Wolf and foaled a Purrealist filly in August.
Jockey Hugh Bowman has been booked to stay aboard Polanski in the Victoria Derby. “He had more in the tank today,” Bowman said. “We haven’t seen the best of him yet – he’s a genuine Derby contender.”
Polanski is on the fourth line of the TAB Victorian Derby market at $8 behind Complacent ($5.50), Criterion ($7.50) and Savvy Nature($7.50).