Promising three-year-old pacer Vande Velde delivered another warning that he could be Tasmanian Derby bound with a narrow but impressive win at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday night.
It made it two wins in succession for the Christian Salter-trained gelding that made light of a second-row draw to come from well back to score by almost a metre from outsider Smokin’ Mustard with Podarkes three metres away third.
Vande Velde is raced by the trainer’s mother Marlene Salter in partnership with brothers Scott and Greg Plummer.
At his previous start Vande Velde led all the way and staved off all comers but this time he had to do it in reverse and that is one of the most pleasing aspects of this latest win, according to Salter.
Vande Velde is likely to have his next start in Launceston on Sunday night.
While Salter is pleased with Vande Velde’s efforts this preparation he also is keenly awaiting the return to racing of Itswhatilikeaboutu that was one of his better performed two-year-old fillies last season.
Itswhatilikeaboutu won one race but was placed in features including a game second to Nobeer Nofear in the Evicus Stakes final.
Listen to what trainer Christian Salter had to say about Vande Velde’s latest win
By Peter Staples