Murray Baker’s previously undefeated youngster It’s A Dundeel remains at the top of the Victoria Derby 2012 odds for this Saturday’s showdown despite suffering a shock loss in a Cox Plate Day boil-over on the weekend.
The High Chaparral colt went into the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) unbeaten with a perfect five-from-five record including a Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes victory at Randwick over odds-on favourite Proisir in Sydney.
But this time it was It’s A Dundeel’s time to go down as the odds-on pick when they couldn’t catch Super Cool, eventually crossing one and three quarter lengths off their surprise conqueror.
“He was beaten by a better horse,” Baker said.
“But they ran home the last 400m in the Vase in 35.45 seconds while in the Cox Plate they ran home in 36.86 seconds.
“So the Vase really was a sit and sprint affair and my bloke just ground to the line.”
Despite their embarrassing loss the talented Kiwi is still the favourite for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse this weekend.
While they were under $2 in the Victoria Derby betting markets before their Vase failure It’s A Dundeel has eased out slightly and is currently paying $2.80 through bookmaker.com.au to atone this Saturday and score their second Group 1 victory.
Barker admitted he was disappointed the horse didn’t display his usual turn of foot and that they also pulled up below par after the run, but that they were back in high spirits on Sunday and that they were pressing onto the Derby.
“He’s as good as gold this morning and has bounced right back after yesterday,” Baker said on Sunday.
“He hadn’t raced for three weeks heading into yesterday so that race should top him off nicely for the Derby.
“He was maybe a little bit on the fresh side on Saturday.
“And James (McDonald) got off the horse and said he was looking for more ground.
“I’ve already accepted for the Derby and I’m very pleased with him heading towards Saturday.”
Saturday will be It’s A Dundeel’s first look at the 2500m, as will be the case for all the horses in the Victoria Derby field, and even on the short back-up Baker remains confident the horse will get the distance.
“He is a stoutly bred horse and the bigger Flemington track will suit him,” he said.
“As long as he is fit and healthy he will get the trip.”
There are four other single-figure chances in the current Victoria Derby 2012 odds with:
- Solemn ($6) – Peter Snowden-trained Bernardini colt won the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) last week to shoot into Derby contention
- Hvasstan ($6.50) – Peter Gelogotis’ Fastnet Rock colt is another last-start winner, the in-form galloper having held on in a tight finish to win the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day
- Super Cool ($7) – Beat Derby favourite It’s A Dundeel in the MV Vase, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Fastnet Rock gelding a definite up-and-coming superstar
- Honorius ($8) – Narrow second in the Norman Robinson last time out before which David Payne’s Holy Roman Emperor colt finished third to It’s A Dundeel (beaten 5.5 lengths) in the Spring Champion Stakes
Other three-year-olds under $20 in the pre-field markets are then Robert Smerdon’s Norman Robinson Stakes third placed Electric Fusion ($11), the Gai Waterhouse-trained Geelong Classic fourth place-getter Our Desert Warrior ($17) and Anthony Cummings’ Fiveandahalfstar ($19) who won an 1800m race at Rosehill on the weekend by three lengths.
The 2012 Victoria Derby final field is due for release on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au along with the barriers.
Of course the Victoria Derby betting odds will undergo a shake-up following final acceptances making now the ideal time to get behind your favourites before prices firm.
So head to bookmaker.com.au and get in on the Victoria Derby action at the best odds, enjoying a $400 bonus bet as a new depositing customer when you also enter the prom code BONUSBET!
2012 Victoria Derby Odds
Flemington Racecourse – 03/11/2012
|IT’S A DUNDEEL||2.80|
|OUR DESERT WARRIOR||17.00|
*Fixed Win Odds are Top 15 only and subject to change – see bookmaker.com.au for updates and to bet now!