IMPORTED galloper Dr Drill scored his first victory from four starts in Australia in a $125,000 race for Ciaron Maher at Flemington on Saturday.
Dr Drill, aided by a brilliant ride from Jye McNeil, defeated One More Try and Masculino to win the restricted race over 1800 metres.
The four-year-old was heavily backed into a $1.85 favourite on the strength of a second placing at Flemington a fortnight ago.
The Winslow-raised Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, predicted a bright future for the son of Dansili.
"Dr Drill deserved the win," he said.
"It was an impressive win. He had been running well without any luck.
"It was a very good ride by Jye. He summed up the circumstances perfectly.
"He's a very underrated jockey. I've got a bit of an opinion of Dr Drill.
"He's just been running in restricted company but with a bit of time I think he may win a nice staying race.
"I think he's going to improve once he gets out to longer distance races than the 1800 metres."
The powerful Maher-Eustace training combination had two other winners.
Fanciful Toff followed up from a restricted win at Bendigo with a solid victory at Randwick while Seatonic notched up her first win at her fourth start at Swan Hill.
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