There is a growing fan base for Robert Smerdon’s progressive young stayer Electric Fusion ahead of the 2012 Victoria Derby in Melbourne this Saturday which will be the gelding’s first run over the 2500-metres.
A winner over 1533m third-up at Moonee Valley at the start of the month the son of Fastnet Rock was regulated to third behind fellow Victoria Derby 2012 hopefuls Hvasstan and Honorius in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) despite being second over the line in the Caulfield feature on October 20.
Smerdon is confident Electric Fusion has improvement in them after that run which they will put to good use in the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecoursethis Saturday despite the big step up in distance, something all the youngsters must handle.
“It’s a big ask for a three-year-old to be put over such a long trip,” Smerdon said.
“This bloke is lightly raced but at the same time, when you have a three-year-old, you only ever have one crack at derbies and classics of its standing.”
In the pre-field Victoria Derby betting markets, final acceptances to be released on Wednesday morning, Electric Fusion is an $11 fancy.
Odds are led by beaten MV Vase favourite It’s A Dundeel ($2.40), the Murray Baker-trained New Zealander tipped to bounce back over the extra distance of the Derby, and their last-start conqueror Super Cool ($5.50).
There has also been plenty of love for Electric Fusion, who will be ridden by Nicholas Hall in the Derby, with some online bookies reporting bets as large as $10,000 on the progressive three-year-old.
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