Jockey Regan Bayliss has high hopes for Mickey Blue Eyes after he edged out Black Caviar's son Prince of Caviar in Wednesday's Jayco Maiden Plate (1300m) at Bendigo.
Prince Of Caviar came within a whisker of picking up his breakthrough win before the Lindsay Park-trained colt Mickey Blue Eyes grabbed him late to claim the race by a short-head.
The Chris Meagher-trained Kuda Bagus finished third, three lengths behind the front two.
Mickey Blue Eyes had not raced since a battling effort in Sydney in May but Bayliss said the son Medaglia D'Oro gave him a good feel despite a little pressure early in the race.
"There was quite a bit of speed and I just wanted to make sure they didn't cross me too easily either," Bayliss told Racing Victoria.
"After the first furlong and a half, I came back and got on the back of Luke Nolen (on Prince Of Caviar) and he quickened really well this horse.
"I think this horse has a lot of upside and he'll keep improving as the prep goes on. He's got a bright future."
As for Prince Of Caviar, he has shown plenty of promise but his jockey Luke Nolen, who also rode Black Caviar to most of her 25 wins, has maintained the colt will be at his best as an autumn three-year-old.
Prince Of Caviar finished fourth on debut at Sandown in May and was a head away from victory at Sandown on 29th August before this latest tight finish.
Meanwhile, Hiflyer is 3/1 to win the Windsor Park Plate, with Melody Belle 9/4 and Savvy Coup 8/1 for the 22nd September race.
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