Victoria Derby 2011 Field Awaits Weekend Winners

A trio of quality three-year-olds have earned a shot at next month’s 2011 Victoria Derby on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival after winning in Melbourne over the weekend, most notably Friday night’s Bill Stutt Stakes hero Chase The Rainbow.

Chase The Rainbow

Bill Stutt Stakes winner Chase The Rainbow could race in the 2011 Victoria Derby this Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Rick Hore-Lacy-trained grey galloper posted their third career win from five starts at Moonee Valley’s Manikato Stakes Night, Chase The Rainbow carrying 57kg to victory in the $200,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m).

Set to back up this Saturday in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the son of Dash For Cash is also being considered for both the $200,000 Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day, October 22, and the $1 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday October 29.

Chase The Rainbow is currently rated the $6.50 third favourite behind Helmet ($2.70) and Smart Missile ($3.60) to win the 2011 Caulfield Guineas this weekend, the final field for which will be released tomorrow and published right here at

After Saturday’s win and the confirmation by connections that the Flemington classic is on the cards, Chase The Rainbow has firmed into the $6 top elect in the Victoria Derby odds at Luxbet.

Meanwhile, at Flemington’s Turnbull Stakes Day meeting yesterday two three-year-olds also earmarked a start in the Victoria Derby 2011 with the Robert Hickmott-trained Collar and John Thompson’s Isopach.

O’Reilly gelding Collar looked ultra impressive when backing up from a fourth to Peter Moody’s since-spelled spruik three-year-old Moment Of Change at Sandown to win the Listed Doncaster Stakes (1400m) by an easy one and a quarter lengths over First Course.

Their success saw them shoot up the Victoria Derby betting markets at Luxbet, Collar now the $9 second elect behind Chase The Rainbow.

“I would have thought that (the Victoria Derby) is exactly where he would be headed the way he went,” part-owner Nick Williams said on Sunday.

Later in the day Isopach took out the final Turnbull Stakes Day event, Danny Nikolic riding the son of Magic Albert to victory in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m), which was a nice improvement from their last-start seventh to Helmet in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1500m).

Isopach, who is from Zabeel mare Curvaceous, showed a liking for an increased distance when putting a minimum margin of one and a half lengths on their rivals yesterday.

“He is a nice horse who might get to the Derby,” jockey Nikolic said.

“He’s got the right attitude (to make the Victoria Derby) and is a nice horse going forward.”

Still at nice early odds Isopach is paying $17 in the latest Victoria Derby markets at Luxbet, a price that will firm should they win their next-start in the $125,000 Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas Day Saturday week, October 15.

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