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    LIFE in South Australia continues to agree with The Ides Of March. Following a luckless first-up fifth, the son of Julius Caesar has assassinated... Recent stable purchase thriving

    LIFE in South Australia continues to agree with The Ides Of March.

    Following a luckless first-up fifth, the son of Julius Caesar has assassinated his opponents during his three subsequent starts, including Port Pirie last night.

    Thrilled with his recent stable purchase trainer Robert Caruso is positive The Ides Of March can extend his winning streak.

    “He’s a good horse which is turning out to be a pretty good buy,” Caruso said. “We bought him from Shane Sanderson who felt the smaller track at Globe Derby suit him better.

    “So far he has thrived since he’s been here…jumping out of the ground actually.

    “I’ve got no doubt he can keep winning the way he is going as long as bad luck doesn’t get in his way.”

    Driven “a treat” by recent Jim Hurley Medal recipient Ken Rogers, The Ides Of March was settled midfield from his second row draw before being angled three-wide to find the lead with 1200 metres to travel.

    Proving too slick during the latter stages, the gelding rated 1:58.3 over 2050 metres to account for Big Behemoth and Grey Maverick.

    “Ken drove him a treat,” Caruso declared. “A few people would have wondered what he was doing but he summed up the race perfectly.

    “It was a move which was either going to make him a hero or a villain but he walked away a hero.”

    Considering a trip to Melton with the six-year-old, Caruso’s local targets include the various country cups and the South Australian Cup on February 8.

    “I am weighing up the option of trying to win a race in Melton,” Caruso said. “I’ll just have to see what is suitable for him.

    “He’ll go in our country cups until the handicaps catch up with him.

    “The SA Cup may be an option…it might be out of his reach, but the way he is going it is worth a shot at it.”

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