Jimmy a class above in SA Derby

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    OUR JIMMIE cruising to a soft win in the South Australia Derby - Photo JODIE HALLOWS

    TALENTED youngster Our Jimmie will be given a quiet few days before being primed for his next major target.

    Having battled the heat and a classy field to capture tonight’s South Australia Derby at Globe Derby, Our Jimmie is set to return home in preparation for the Victoria Derby.

    Heats of the nation’s oldest classic are scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton on January 28, with the Final at the same venue the following week.

    Thrilled with the three-year-old’s latest performance, trainer Brent Lilley stated the gelding will have to continue improving before tackling the Group One.

    “He has done a great job since he got here, winning seven of his eight starts, while also running second,” Lilley said. “His run tonight was another improvement, but he will have to lift again for the next Derby.”

    Driven by top reinsman Anthony Butt, Our Jimmie began quickly to lead from barrier two as Jilliby Road Runner worked on his outside.

    Given a breather during the middle stages, the son of Big Jim was never seriously challenged as he cruised to an easy triumph from his stablemate, King Solomon, with Jilliby Road Runner battling on for third.

    “I was pleased with the way he came out of gate, showing a bit of extra early toe,” Lilley said. “Once he got to the front he was always going to be hard to get passed.

    “He is definitely a nice type and hopefully he can continue to improve.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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