A winner of 4 of 6 career starts, the Waterhouse/Bott trained colt has a stranglehold on favouritism to take the Blue Riband Classic and secure successive VRC Derby victories for his sire High Chaparral. After winning the last week of his 2YO term, he was kept fresh with the long term aim of the VRC Derby firmly in mind. Returning in the G3 Gloaming Stakes he was dominant from the front to score a 2.5 length victory. Out to 2000m for the Spring Champion, the colt was sent to the post as favourite and after racing on the speed, loomed up but couldn’t repel the late charge from Maid Of Heaven when finishing 2.5 lengths away in 3rd place. Taking on the Norman Robinson over 2000m at Caulfield at his next outing and first look the Melbourne way of going, he was sent straight to the front by Tim Clark and was never headed to score a strong three length victory. Breed to eat every bit of the 2500m trip, the star colt will jump from gate 9 with Tim Clark who has been in the saddle at his past 3 starts maintaining the ride.
The Michael Moroney trained Chapada gives every indication that the extra distance of the Derby will be ideal. Stepping out to 2000m for the first time in the Norman Robinson Stakes, he was ridden close to the speed and was the best of the chasing pack behind the dominant winner Thinkin’ Big in finishing a three length 2nd. Starting his career 4 starts back in a 1300m set weights maiden at Sandown, it was a tidy debut that indicated he needed to get over further ground. Stepped up to 1400m second-up, he took on the same race at Geelong that saw Savoie finish 2nd, Thunderdome 3rd and Sikorsky in 6th. In that race the son of Bullet Train started equal favourite and found the line well when 5th and only 1.55 lengths from the winner. A winner over 1590m to break the maiden tag at set weights at his next start, he did it in style posting a five length winning break. James McDonald takes the ride for the first time after Patrick Maloney has ridden in all four starts.
One of three entrants in the Derby for the Hayes/Dabernig barn, Sikorsky has drawn well in gate 6 and will have the services of Luke Nolen who will be looking to secure his first victory in the 3YO Classic. Given one start as a 2YO in the Listed Redoutes Choice at 1200m, the colt settled near the rear of the pack when finishing six lengths from the winner. Returning in August with the longer distance events looking more suitable he was beaten on the synthetic at Geelong first-up and followed with a 1.75 length 6th at Geelong when finishing 1.65 lengths from 2nd placed Savoie after jumping from the outside gate of 13. Third-up he then won his maiden at Sale over the mile in dominant fashion when posting a 2.25 length winning margin. Out to 1800m for the Listed UCI at Flemington, he was ridded further forward when 2nd to Extra Brut. Again ridden on the speed in the Norman Robinson he was game behind Thinkin’ Big when holding on to 3rd behind the Derby Favourite. A full brother to Tulip, the 2500m is the obvious query with neither his sire nor dam winning beyond a mile.
On the one-week back-up off the Moonee Valley Vase, Savoie looked all over a winner at the the top of the straight when kicking clear with the race looking to be headed to the Weir stable. Stars Of Carrum at huge odds charged home from back in the field and arrived right on the post to thwart what seemed a win that was already in the bag for Savoie. The Weir trained colt has progressed through his campaign in good order and the only time he has missed a top-three finish in his career was when on debut at Geelong over 1100m. Winning his maiden at Swan Hill at his 4th career start when posting a 5.5 length margin, he was then sent to Flemington for a set weights and penalties 3YO at 1800m, he was again far too strong romping home to a 4 length victory. Given a shot in the UCI Stakes he set the tempo when a gallant 3rd behind Extra Brut. Like most of these he steps out to the 2500m for the first time but does so with a Flemington record of a win and a 3rd from two appearances.
Derby Day is the first of the four-day Victoria Racing Club Spring Carnival. The Victoria Derby itself is one of the oldest on the Australian racing calendar and was first held in 1855. The race was originally held over one and a half miles and after the metric system was introduced was set to the equivalent 2400m. The race was lengthened to the current 2500m following safety concerns with the distance to the first turn.
The race is held at set weights and is open to all three year olds. In 2018 colts & geldings will carry 55.5kg with no fillies entered this year. The race has always been held at Flemington and the first three editions were won by fillies, Rose Of May being the inaugural winner.
In 201* total prize money on offer is $2million with the winner to receive $1,200,000. The 2017 winner was the David Payne trained Ace High, ridden by Tye Angland. Other past winners of the race include Tarzino, Efficient, Elvstroem, Mahogany, Dulcify and Phar Lap.
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|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||Ace High|
|Market:||2018 Victoria Derby Odds|