“You’re under pressure when you knock back big money for a dog,” Talgi said.
“I knew what I had and now everyone can see why I knocked back the offers.
“I got the first offer after he trialled 23.68sec at Bendigo. He hadn’t even been named yet, let alone raced!”
Schillaci was the fastest qualifier for the Derby after a stunning 13-length 30.27sec heat romp at his Angle Park debut and after drawing box one for the $25,000 to-the-winner final, he started $1.90 favourite.
Schillaci and fellow Victorian, Mepunga Smokey (box 7), the $2.30 second elect for Jeff Britton, dominated betting and were the only two at single figures.
Schillaci came out running, making full use of the rails alley to lead by three lengths rounding the first turn and it was one-way traffic in a flawless front-running exhibition, as he defeated Weblec Wolf ($21) by 5.5 lengths, with Mepunga Smokey third.