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Australian Racing: Lofty Strike produces Diamond performance

The Julius Sandhu-trained Lofty Strike showed he deserved his place in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes later this month with victory at Caulfied.

Following his victory over Semillion in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude, the regally-bred colt Lofty Strike is now being aimed at the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200 metres at Caulfield on 26th February and he is 5/1 to triumph.

Versatility impresses Sandhu

It was a brilliant performance from Sandhu's charge and the trainer was delighted at the way the two-year-old took to another new course.

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"It's exciting," he said. "Big win. An important one. But more importantly it was really nice to see him actually get here, another different course that has its own challenges.

"He was off the bit a long way from home and then just picked it up and went down to the line quite impressively.

"He put them away quite well. Exciting times but it is more about the horse. We'll make sure he comes back and pulls up well and hopefully he ticks all the boxes and is sound."

Jockey heaps on further praise

Meanwhile, winning jockey Jamie Mott also revealed his delight with the victory, saying: "It was a very special moment and I'm sure Julius agrees.

"He's a beautiful animal. I was really confident after last start that he has the makings of a nice horse and he showed us that today."

By Arrowfield Stud's multiple champion stallion Snitzel and out of 2013 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Overreach, Lofty Strike signalled he was a two-year-old to follow this season when he made a winning debut over 1100 metres down the Flemington straight on 22nd January.

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