AAMI Victoria Derby 2500m Group One
1 SACRED ELIXIR (1)
Zac Purton 55.5kg
Tony Pike
Deserved favourite after impressive win in G2 Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Also winner of G1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm in Winter. Bred to cope easily with extra distance, has had perfect preparation, barrier 1 is an asset and Zac Purton returns for the ride. The one to beat.
2 PRIZED ICON (5)
Glyn Schofield 55.5kg
James Cummings
Proved class in Autumn winning G1 Champagne (1600m) at Randwick in April. Has not won in 5 starts this campaign but did finish close third to Yankee Rose in G1 Spring Champion (2000m) at Randwick two starts back. Drawn for a soft run and will be thereabouts at finish.
3 SWEAR (10)
Tommy Berry 55.5kg
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
Been given light preparation by Team Hawkes for 2500m stamina test. Last start  close second to Yankee Rose in G1 Spring Champion (2000m) at Randwick 3 weeks ago. Has plenty of ability so can race well if stays the distance.
4 ROCKETEER (19)
Mark Zahra 55.5kg
Mick Price
Racing very consistently running second at last 4 starts with second to Wine Bush in UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington and second to Good Standing in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. Drawn poorly and has to run 2500m but racing too well to dismiss.
5 MORVADA (12)
Steven Arnold 55.5kg
Peter Jolly
Underrated Adelaide gelding improving with every start. Worked hard to lead before running third in Hill Smith (1800m) at Morphettville before tough second to Sacred Elixir in G2 Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Will be in the firing line for a long way.
6 INFERENCE (20)
Dwayne Dunn 55.5kg
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
After unlucky fourth to Hey Doc in G2 Stutt (1600m) at Moonee Valley finished well for third to Good Standing and Rocketeer in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. Drawn poorly but has obvious talent so no surprise to see him run well.
7 CAPTAIN DUFFY (2)
Craig Newitt 55.5kg
Phillip Stokes
After 3 average runs from a spell produced very tough effort to win Geelong Classic (2200m). May not have class to win but extra distance is no concern on last start and is drawn for a good run on the speed.
8 SILVERA (13)
Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg
Tony McEvoy
After strong-finishing second in Hill Smith (1800m) at Morphettville failed to fire behind Sacred Elixir in G2 Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley. Flemington probably suits better but needs to improve on last Saturday's effort.
9 WINE BUSH (17)
Joao Moreira 55.5kg
Chris Waller
Strong winner of UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington before average fifth behind Good Standing in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. Needs to find something on last run and drawn poorly but proven at track, bred to run 2500m and Joao Moreira rides. Roughie not without claims.
10 SO SI BON (11)
Hugh Bowman 55.5kg
Robbie Laing
After winning Pakenham maiden (1200m) has run well for sixth in G3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield, fifth in G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and third to Sacred Elixir and Morvada in G2 Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Has to run 2500m but on upward spiral and Hugh Bowman is key riding change.
11 KENT (4)
James McDonald 55.5kg
John O'Shea
Godolphin gelding that has not been disgraced in 2 runs in Melbourne. Followed strong-finishing fifth to Wine Bush in UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington with eighth to Good Standing in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. May not have class to win but drawn well and James McDonald rides.
12 HIGHLAD (15)
Craig Williams 55.5kg
Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
New Zealander followed tough third to Wine Bush in UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington with ninth to Good Standing in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. Has had little luck in 2 Australian runs but probably needs soft track to be in finish.
13 BEACH LIFE (8)
Nicholas Hall 55.5kg
Ciaron Maher
Improving gelding trained by Ciaron Maher and to be ridden by Nick Hall. After ninth to Wine Bush in UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington made-up good ground for fourth to Good Standing in G3 Norman Robinson (2000m) at Caulfield. Extra distance of little concern on last run and is drawn for an easier run.
14 TUMULTUOUS (18)
Ben Melham 55.5kg
Chris Waller

After sixth to Yankee Rose in G1 Spring Champion (2000m) at Randwick finished strongly from last for fourth to Captain Duffy in Geelong Classic (2200m). Probably lacks to class to win but extra distance is of little concern.

15 HOLLYWOOD MO (6)
Stephen Baster 55.5kg
Paul Perry
Battled-on well for second to Captain Duffy in Geelong Classic (2200m) at first Victorian start. Extra distance is of little concern and drawn for a good run but probably lacks the class to win.
16 ALL OUT OF LOVE (9)
Blake Shinn 55.5kg
David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
From top stable and to be ridden by Blake Shinn but has not done enough to consider a winning chance.
17e PETER JOHN (3)
Michael Walker 55.5kg
John Sargent
First emergency, last-start winner of Class 1 at Canberra (2000m). Faces huge rise in class and very unlikely to win if gains a start.
18e ANAHEIM (14)
55.5kg
Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
Second emergency, last-start winner of a Benalla maiden (2040m). Has not missed a place in 5 starts but faces huge rise in class and very unlikely to win if gains a start.
19e SHINE TAK STAR (16)
55.5kg
John Sargent
Third emergency. Unlikely to run and very little chance if he does.
20e ZOFFMAN (7)
55.5kg
Aaron Purcell
Fourth emergency with very little chance if gains a start.

 

Wizard's First Four

  1. SACRED ELIXIR
  2. SO SI BON
  3. MORVADA
  4. WINE BUSH

 

 

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