Caulfield horsemen Robert Smerdon is eyeing one of the final Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features with his progressive gelding Electric Fusion who has been confirmed for the Queensland Derby 2013 next month.
The Fastnet Rock three-year-old has won just one of their 11 starts to date but has shown some nice form when stepped up in distance indicating to Smerdon they might be the right candidate for the mile and a half of the $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 – Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Last spring Electric Fusion showed their staying potential in Melbourne backing up from a Moonee Valley victory over 1533m to finish just a quarter length away third behind Hvasstan in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m).
They then stepped up to Group 1 company for the famed Victoria Derby over 2500m and were far from disgraced when crossing four lengths away fifth behind Fiveandahalfstar, the Anthony Cummings-trained winner coming back to dominate the autumn including their Group 1 The BMW (2400m) success in April.
Electric Fusion meanwhile has flown under the radar this time in plodding away but not getting any real results until going to Morphettville on May 4 when third in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m).
Last start on May 22 they went to Sandown and did little wrong when carrying a hefty 60kg to finish a close second in an 1800m event on a Heavy (9) track, an effort that earned them a trip north for the Derby.
Smerdon will now take them straight to the Group 1 without another run opting not to start them in one of the lead-ups in Brisbane this weekend.
“It was a huge run last start at Sandown with 60kg,” he said.
“I was thinking of running him on Saturday but I don’t think he needs another run.”
“He had a big weight, a wide gate and it was on a heavy track so we thought it was a good enough effort to take him up to Brisbane for the Derby.
“He probably looked as though he didn’t stay when he ran in the Victoria Derby in the spring, but that was at the end of his first preparation and he’s a bit more seasoned now.”
The trainer did give them a nice gallop at Sandown Park on Tuesday morning the reverse way of going with top hoop Dwayne Dunn aboard however, the horse working well.
“He galloped at Sandown this morning in the reverse direction and Dwayne Dunn said he handled it without a problem and went into every turn spot on,” Smerdon said on Tuesday.
Current Queensland Derby odds are led by John Bary’s Kiwi raider Survived ($3.50).
Punters can find Electric Fusion a little further down the markets meanwhile at a quote of $26.
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