ROBBIE Laing believes he may have another Victoria Derby contender in Temps Voleur, winner of Weddnesday’s The Grand Hotel at Sportingbet Park, reports Racing Network.


Laing, who won the Derby last year with Polanski, described Temps Voleur, a $75,000 purchase, as a “dead spit of Jeune” and a youngster with untapped potential.


He said this son of Time Thief possessed a “big, sweeping stride” as evidenced with his emphatic win today.


“I think he has a great future,” Laing said. “In racing you can’t dwell on the past. It was devastating losing Polanski to the racecourse, you have to move and I think this is a potential Spring horse.”


Temps Voleur will head to the Taj Rossi series final over 1600 m etres at Flemington on July 12.


“Then he will have a break and get ready for the Derby,” Laing said.


Laing said Temps Voleur needed work to ensure he didn’t give his rivals a start as he has done in his only two starts. 


Temps Voleur, an $18 chance, charged home to win by three-quarters of a length from Cautious, backed from $4.60 to $3.90, with three lengths to Pink Perfection, $5.50, third.


Dwayne Dunn said Bugatty, the $2.40 favorite, which compounded to finish second last was “legless” on the heavy ground.