MIRACLES Of Life hogged the Blue Diamond spotlight, and rightly so, with her win yesterday at Caulfield, but Vlad Duric believes Dissident, winner of the colts and geldings division, remains very much in the Diamond picture.
Duric said the upside is enormous with Dissident heading towards the $1 million Blue Diamond at Caulfield on February 23.
Asked how he compared Dissident with the other juvenile winners he’s ridden this season, Duric noted that the Peter Moody-trained youngster may not have looked as impressive, but the scope for improvement is greater.
“As the races get over further he’s just going to take a leap forward. For his future ... he’s going to be a really, really good horse,” Duric said.
“He’s definitely a Diamond horse. The 1200 metres will really suit him.
“Mentally, he’s a very sound horse, but he’s still new. For most of the race I just tried to keep him straight.
“But, when he balanced up and had that bunny to chase, he just attacked the line.
“The drive that he’s got, he’s a real serious animal. I have a lot of time for this bloke.”
Duric described Safeguard, debut winner at Flemington last month, as a “real professional” and was a different type of horse than Dissident.
He said Safeguard has good speed, makes his own luck and possesses quick acceleration.
“I would not like to make comparisons, but if they were in a two horse race there would not be a lot between them.
“On what Dissident did, I could not praise him enough.”