Tommy Berry has high praise for Il Bandito after seven length win on debut at Wagga

May 09, 2017

CANBERRA trainer Matthew Dale unearthed a potential star in Il Bandito after a sensational debut at Wagga on Thursday.

Tommy Berry was full of praise for the three-year-old after Il Bandito ($2.00) streaked his rivals by 7¼ lengths to win the Slater & Gordon Lawyers Maiden Handicap (1000m).

Berry did not hold back when giving his thoughts on Il Bandito’s debut performance.

“That’s probably the most impressive win I’ve had on a country track for a fair while,” Berry said.

It was enough for Dale to get excited as well.

“It is, when they are big scopey like that, you can get a bit excited,” Dale said.

“Tommy gave him a pretty big wrap too.

“We had never let his head go so that was great to see. He had never won any jump outs by big margins or anything like that. He’s won a couple of jump outs but always went to the line with a bit up his sleeve.”

Il Bandito won in a very smart time of 57.23 seconds for the 1000m journey. That was after being slowly away.

Luke Pepper’s debutant Dundalk ($5.00) got home well to finish second, with a further length to Call Me Anything ($21.00) in third, for Wagga trainer John Marzol.

Dale said a Highway Handicap could soon be on Il Bandito’s radar after such a commanding debut performance.

“You start thinking about Highway races with these types of horses,” Dale said.

“That would be a nice progression and we’ll see where we go from there.”

Il Bandito drifted from $1.80 to $2.00 on track.