Agree with you DJH about your observations about DJB. Damian has been braining them for years up on the Sunny Coast and has finally been noticed by the top stables. I don't think there is any doubt he is the best in Queensland, by a space. You'd be struggling to find an alternative. His numbers tell the story.
I just hope he continues to support the locals that helped him along the way as his star continues to rise. Having met him briefly he seems a fairly assured kind of individual without a trace of arrogance. But that was a very brief meeting.
His ride on Bevagna wasn't that bad to my eye, but then again I was on Billie Blue Gum in that race
. Bevagna began okay was outsped and seemed to be steadied around the 700m for some reason which is not immediately evident and lost its position - maybe he could have got stuck into it a bit earlier in the straight but it wasn't a dire ride - maybe a 5/10 which on second thought could be construed as dire by his high standards.
He wasn't seen to advantage on Ready To Rip a couple of times and the jury is out on his Woorim ride - some say it was a bad ride, others say it was brilliant - the horse did win after all. However, it is always fraught when riding backmarkers like Ready To Rip and Woorims of this world rather than the jump and run types.