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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The very smart Cudyado provided the second leg of a training double for the David Vandyke stable at Doomben on June 22.

The lightly raced three-year-old has wasted no time in announcing his above average potential this time in.

The son of Spirit Of Boom did not race as a two-year-old and raced only once in the first nine months of his three-year-old season (he finished fifth on debut back on October 8, 2021) … but he has set about making up for lost time with a vengeance, having now won two out of two since resuming with his Maiden win the Poly Track over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast on May 22.

It is never easy to win your first start out of Maiden company, but that is exactly what Cudyado did when stepping up to this BM65 challenge over 1200m here … and he did it with some authority at the easy to back odds of $6.50.

Cudyado landed in a leading line of three runners at the break. That became two runners after the field had travelled 300m with Cudyado holding a narrow advantage over the $19 outsider Higher as these two runners took a bunching up field to the home turn.

Clearly Ryan Maloney was keeping something in the tank for Cudyado’s finishing effort … and he needed it as Cudyado had a wall of runners snapping at his heels in the first half of the straight, but, however hard the others chased, Cudyado stuck doggedly to his task and went to the line without ever coming under serious threat … in fact the half length margin back to the second placed The Kewess flattered the runner-up as Maloney had eased back the throttle on Cudyado over the closing strides.

The win was good by any standards but was particularly noteworthy given Cudyado’s relative inexperience (this was only Cudyado’s third start compared to, for example, The Kewess who was racing for the fifteenth time).

Cudyado is obviously still very much a work in progress … but nobody will argue against the point that he is moving in the right direction!

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