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Kiwi colt Quick Thinker confirmed his credentials for the Australian Derby with a dominant win in the Group 2 $200,000 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill today.

Quick Thinker, above, heads to the Australian Derby after winning the Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Quick Thinker, above, heads to the Australian Derby after winning the Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Quick Thinker handled the wet conditions well to out slog his rivals and is now into $13 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Group 1 $2m Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championships on April 4.

The Rosehill track was rated a soft 7 but winning jockey James McDonald said that it raced more like a heavy track.

“The track is playing pretty heavy, you need a good fit horse that handles it really well because they are making hard work of it,” McDonald said.

“He is a proven wet tracker, he got through it well, he is fit and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with come the Derby.”

McDonald sat Quick Thinker ($2.70 favourite) just off the pace and had the Kiwi colt in the clear on the home turn and he out slogged his rivals in the run to the line to record a one and a quarter lengths win.

Zebrowski ($4) ran on from the back for Hugh Bowman to grab second spot just ahead of third placed Diasonic ($13).

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.