VICTORIAN horseman Dean Braun is on track for another highly-successful Queensland campaign.
A regular visitor to the Sunshine State in recent years Braun has a solid strike rate at Albion Park, where his wins include the Oaks with Shartin and Itz Nosurprisesthere.
This time around Braun has made the long trip north with another quality three-year-old – Duplicated – which is on target for next weekend’s Derby.
Duplicated made his local debut last night, trouncing his rivals in the South East Derby.
Driven by Luke McCarthy, the son of Somebeachsomewhere worked to the lead from barrier three before cruising to a soft 11-and-a-half metre win from Colt Thirty One, with The Bus a half-neck away third.
Unbeaten from five Australian starts, Duplicated rated 1:54.6 over 2138 metres to earn favouritism ahead of next week’s Group One.