New Zealand horseman John Bary has opted not to run the early 2013 Queensland Derby betting favourite Survived in one of the traditional lead-up races this weekend with the horse to bypass the $150,000 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben.
Zed gelding Survived enjoyed a stellar summer – autumn campaign back home in NZ winning four consecutive races as they stepped up through the ranks and in distance including the Group 3 Manawatu Classic – Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup double.
They were highly spruiked ahead of their Australian debut at Eagle Farm on May 11 but a disappointing ride by Jonathan Riddell saw them take Survived to the inside, the horse eventually running three lengths away second to Hawkspur in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m).
The bookies were quick to forgive however believing Survived capable of a comeback in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 8.
In the latest Queensland Derby odds Survived is the firming $3.60 favourite.
But they may lose top spot in the Queensland Derby odds after this weekend.
While Survived will sit out another Saturday of racing a number of their Queensland Derby rivals will face off in the Grand Prix Stakes including the Chris Waller-trained Rough Habit Plate winner Hawkspur and the third placed Usainity who sit second and third in the Group 1 markets at $7 and $9 respectively.
A win by one of the Derby-bound youngsters on Saturday will likely see them surpass Survived in the futures markets for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s premier three-year-olds’ race.
Other notable Queensland Derby hopes running in the 2013 Grand Prix Stakes then include Gai Waterhouse’s High Chaparral colt Hippopus who was a disappointing 12th in the Doomben Cup last Saturday, Michael Moroney’s last start Sandown winner Rhythm To Spare and Clarry Conners’ recent Australian Oaks runner-up Dear Demi.
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