2013 Queensland Derby Hopes for Prince of Penzance

Victorian stayer Prince Of Penzance will get an early shot at Group 1 glory in next month’s 2013 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm.

The Darren Weir-trained gelding has won three of five starts and impressed plenty when claiming the Flemington Green Fields Handicap over 2000m on Saturday.

His performances so far have also been noted by the bookies who have installed him on the fourth line of betting at $11 in the Queensland Derby betting market.

The son of Pentire is by no means a finished product but Weir believes his talent is enough to warrant a shot at Queensland’s biggest three-year-old race.

“He’s still doing lots wrong in his races but he’s a raw talent alright,” Weir told TVN.

“He’s very progressive and we should be giving him the chance at a race like the Queensland Derby.”

Weir said the exciting prospect will either head to Queensland for one Derby lead-up run or race at Flemington again on Saturday week.

It has been an impressive rise through the grades and distance so far for Prince Of Penzance who debuted with victory at Stawell in March.

The Victorian stands as one of the top chances of upsetting the exciting New Zealand brigade who are being aimed at the Queensland Derby.

Current Derby favourite Survived ($6) will make his Australian debut on Saturday in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) where he will chase a fifth straight win.

Also contesting the Rough Habit is Murray Baker-trained gelding Usainity who took out the Frank Packer Plate in his first Australian start at Randwick last month.

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