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26/01/02 Bar De Goes Straight into Diamond
0126bardego.jpg (12074 bytes)Bardego showed her devasting six length debut win in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes was no fluke when she scored a dashing first up win in this afternoon's $126,500 AAMI Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies at Caulfield this afternoon.

Trained by Leon Corstens the daughter of former racetrack star Barathea is likely to head straight into the Blue Diamond without another run.

Corstens was pleased with the effort of Bardego, but suggested there was still plenty of improvement left for the future.

"She's still quite green and is sure to get better with experience," Corstens said.

"We didn't have her fully wound up today and I thought the way she finished the race of was really strong," he added.

When quizzed as to what he thought of the earlier performance of the highly rated colt Bel Esprit, Corstens said he couldn't help but be impressed.

"I'd like to be training him that's for sure," he said with a wry smile.

A $45,000 purchase as a yearling at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale in February last year, Bardego was picked out by Corstens' son Troy.

"She was a really nice type. I found her in Adelaide and got Dad to give her a check over as well."

"I felt she was going to make a nice three-year-old, so the way she has performed so far it has surprised me a little," Corstens junior said.

He went on to add that although the filly was still a little immature her nature around the stable was "nearly perfect."

"Her nature around the stable and at the track is very good. She travelled down to the track in the hot conditions very well," he added.

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