Co-trainer David Hayes has revealed that classy colt Derryn is no certainty to travel north for Saturday’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Derryn has only made two competitive appearances at the races to date, but more than stamped himself as a serious 2016 Spring Carnival contender when he returned to competitive in late July for a comfortable win in the Brian Reckas Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield.
Having been included in nominations for both the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) and the Up And Coming Stakes 2016 on Saturday, Hayes told Racing Victoria he will allow fields and barriers to decided where Derryn lines up second-up.
“He is going to be entered in both, we want to do that because we are looking at track conditions, barriers, opposition and we will weigh up which is better for him,” Hayes said.
“He is a very smart horse, my preference is to give him a run in Sydney before the Golden Rose but I want to make sure he is entered for the right race.
“I think the Golden Rose picture opened up a little bit last weekend (when Capitalist was beaten), I think he is a genuine contender.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Derryn was unable to match the late pace in the Listed Festival Of Racing 1000 (1000m) at Flemington on March 5th, but proved he was up to the class of his age group in finishing a credible sixth of fifteen runners.’
Jumping from the gates well at Caulfield first-up this time, jockey Regan Bayliss elected to settle the Hinchinbrook colt within the field of twelve and was greeted with a big turn of foot when he asked for an extra effort in the straight; dinging the line a length ahead of closest rival Sword Of Light.
The 2016 Up And Coming Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
Derryn is currently available at early 2016 Up And Coming Stakes odds of $6 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au; figuring as sole occupant of the third line.
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