DEPTH That Varies upset the favourites and booked a trip to Brisbane after the Tamworth-trained gelding won Monday’s $24,000 Hygain Feeds Romantic Dream 2YO Plate (1000m).
The Colin Dixon-trained gelding son of Unemcumbered debuted brilliantly, running away with the feature race and beating the dead-heating Artie’s Rose and Chargement by four-and-a-half lengths.
The juvenile also ran a quick 56.50secs, just .03 secs outside the Tamworth track record!.
“He’s a nice horse,” Dixon said after the win.
“We gave him a couple of jump outs and then he trialled well at Muswellbrook.”
Dixon waited to see how he “pulled up after the trial” and when he did, decided to run him.
“We were going to go to Doomben first up,” he said after Depth That Varies continued to impress.
“But we decided to start here instead. There’s a race for him at Doomben in three weeks.”
Dixon trains Depths That Varies for his son Nick and Nick’s wife Rebecca.
“That’s where the name comes from,” Nick Dixon admitted.
He was in trouble for buying Depth That Varies at the Scone Yearling Sale, paying $3,500 for the colt.
“I wanted to buy a Bon Hoffa but it went for $30,000,” he recalled.
“I did like the look of this bloke and Mark (Hatch) put a bit of peer pressure on so I bought him.”
He said Tamworth trainer Luke Morgan broke Depth That Varies in and had an opinion of him early on.
“Luke said he’d make a good horse as soon as he put a saddle on him,” Nick said.
“He’s worked well, been really happy with the way he’s been coming along.
“Thought he’d be tough to beat today as his work has been good.”
Grant Buckley rode Depth That Varies and he also believes the gelding has the makings of a good horse.
“He’s still learning his trade,” Buckley said.
“He’s trialled well. He over raced a bit today and did a few things wrong but he’s a horse with a bit of a future.”