Dynamic duo give glimpse into the future
Masked Crusader and Russian Camelot might have provided a glimpse of Australian racing's future with their dynamic wins last Saturday.
At Royal Randwick, Masked Crusader absolutely toyed with his older, more seasoned rivals to score one of the easiest wins imaginable at a Sydney Saturday meeting.
Then it was Russian Camelot's turn to announce himself a genuine star when he overcame a tough run to score a dominant win in the Group 1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville.
What is exciting about this duo is they are only three-year-olds, very lightly-raced with their best still to come.
Masked Crusader, raced by some of the owners of champion sprinters Black Caviar and Chautauqua, is prepared by Team Hawkes who know how to develop a potential topliner.
There is a likelihood Masked Crusader will back up in the $200,000 Inglis 3yo Guineas at Rosehill next Saturday and jockey Tommy Berry, with this in mind, never put the young sprinter under any real pressure in his three-lengths Randwick romp.
Masked Crusader was only racing against moderate, restricted opposition but he could not have been more impressive. He's a gelding, so his future is on the racetrack, and he could be the nation's bright, new sprinting star.
Similarly, Russian Camelot looks the "next big thing" in the staying ranks after his outstanding Derby win.
Russian Camelot was having only his fifth race start and it should be noted he was bred to northern hemisphere time so he is some months younger than his contemporary three-year-old rivals.
Like Masked Crusader, Russian Camelot is in the right stable with trainer Danny O'Brien to be given every chance to realise his potential.
TAB Fixed Odds price assessors didn't need convincing about the merit of either three-year-old by elevating them to prominent positions in futures betting.
Masked Crusader wasn't even in the market for the $15 million The TAB Everest before his Randwick win but now he is at $26 for the world's richest turf race on October 17. Similarly, the boom young sprinter was installed at $11 for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle run two weeks after The Everest.
Russian Camelot is the new outright favourite at $11 for the $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 3 and joined the Hawkes-trained Master Of Wine on the top line of betting at $10 for the $5 million Caulfield Cup run on Everest Day.
Originally published as Dynamic duo give glimpse into the future