Spring racing means the action never stops and as part of Geelong Cup Day tomorrow a promising group of three-year-olds will contest the Listed 2012 Geelong Classic (2200m).
For many it will be used as a lead-up to the 2012 Victoria Derby and the betting suggests it will be an open race with both Gai Waterhouse-trained Our Desert Warrior ($3.80) and Darley colt Solemn ($3.80) topping the market.
Our Desert Warrior will be having the third start of his career after winning first-up at Kembla Grange before running fourth in a midweek race at Warwick Farm earlier this month.
Next best in the market is Matt Laurie’s Escado ($4.80) who is followed closely by Correggio ($6.50) and Road Trippin ($7.50).
Others in the market include Mick Kent’s Malabar Man ($12.00) and the Lee Freedman and Grahame Rogerson-trained Danas Best ($17.00).
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#1 Road Trippin ($7.50)
Has been set for the Derby since the beginning of the spring and finally gets up to a really suitable trip here.
Has the ability to relax and with Craig Williams riding from barrier five will be given every chance.
He’s will also appreciate a drop back in class after running fourth to Pierro in the Stutt Stakes and finishing a distant fifth in the Caulfield Guineas.
#2 Escado ($4.80) and #6 Correggio ($6.50)
Escado also drops back to easier company after solid midfield results at Caulfield and Flemington and is another who should appreciate the rise in distance.
Correggio is a progressive horse who has improved with every step up in distance so fat up to a five-length win over 2080m at Cranbourne earlier this month.
Only query is a step up in class but he’s improved with every test so far and looks ready to step out in this company.