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Top Aussie hoop Glen Boss is excited about the prospects of Kiwi raider Ocean Park in this Saturday’s 2012 Australian Derby in Sydney, and it seems the punters are too with the youngster firming in the markets over the past 12 hours.
Just three of the 13 three-year-olds accepted for this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick are currently at single-figures in the bookmaker.com.au odds, the Gary Hennessy-trained Ocean Park one of the latest market movers.
Australian Derby betting markets have been dominated by two equal favourites with Gai Waterhouse’s Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk (barrier 11) and Roger James’ Kiwi filly Silent Achiever (barrier 9), winner of the NZ Derby and third in the Rosehill Guineas, both paying $3.60 through bookmaker.com.au.
Overnight, however, Silent Achiever has shortened into the clear $3.40 favourite with Laser Hawk drifting out to $3.80.
The other top hope is then Ocean Park drawn favourably in gate six with Glen Boss, coming in from $5 to $4.60.
The Thorn Park colt, second to Silent Achiever in the Group 3 Waikato Guineas (2000m) back home in NZ, debuted in Australia on March 17 when Craig Williams rode them to an eighth behind Mosheen in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Improving greatly next run with Boss taking over riding duties Ocean Park was last seen crossing just a long neck away second behind Laser Hawk in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
The Guineas run was a cracker too, Ocean Park displaying a scintillating turn of foot to come from near last to finish just off the winner, Boss pushing the horse’s connections to go to the Derby with them after that.
Before Boss’s recommendation Ocean Park was to head back to New Zealand, but the Derby late entry was paid and so this weekend they will be tested at the 2400-metres for the first time.
Boss is extremely confident that Ocean Park will get the distance on Saturday and is also hopeful of an upset Australian Derby victory, which would be the ace hoop’s fourth win in the classic.
“They weren’t going to run but his run in the Guineas was as good a Derby trial as I have seen,” Boss said.
“Now I have had a ride on the horse I know a lot more about him and I think the extra distance will really suit him.
“He toughed it out well in the Guineas over 2000 metres and one thing my horse has is a very good turn of foot.”
Prior to saluting on last year’s Australian Derby winner Shamrocker, Boss also won with Starcraft (2004) and Sky Heights (1999).
So Boss knows how to ride a Derby winner and he thinks that from their nice gate, Ocean Park could just become this year’s.
“Obviously the first three in the Guineas are going to be right in it again but barriers and runs in the race are going to be important,” Boss said.
“I like him (Ocean Park) and I think he will be hard to beat.”
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Latest 2012 Australian Derby Odds
Royal Randwick Race 7 – 3:35pm – 14/04/2012
|2||LASER HAWK (11)||3.80|
|3||STRIKE THE STARS (1)||16.00|
|4||DARCI BE GOOD (3)||61.00|
|6||OCEAN PARK (6)||4.60|
|7||REKINDLED ALLIANCE (5)||14.00|
|8||POLISH KNIGHT (2)||13.00|
|10||SATIRICAL BOY (4)||31.00|
|12||ON EVERY LEVEL (12)||101.00|
|13||SILENT ACHIEVER (9)||3.40|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change
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