While the big three-year-olds’ feature of the weekend is Sydney’s Australian Derby, over in Perth another promising group of young stayers will face off in the 2014 WATC Derby including clear favourite Ihtsahymn.
Fred Kersley’s in-form grey Ihtiram gelding Ihtsahymn is one of 12 remaining hopes in this Saturday’s $400,000 Group 2 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) at Ascot Racecourse following the early withdrawal of #5 Authentic Style (8).
Heading the WATC Derby betting markets at a short quote of $2.30 through Ladbrokes.com.au, Ihtsahymn is set to jump from barrier two with Steven Parnham in the saddle.
Parnham has partnered with the Group 1 winning galloper for all 13 of their career starts to date including their seven turf triumphs.
Winner of the WA Guineas last year, Ihtsahymn backed up against the older horses and scored an upset win over Luckygray in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
They then added another feature win to their record in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes when stepping up to the 2000m.
This time in they’ve had the three runs, kicking things off with two close seconds behind Respondent over 1600m and 1800m respectively before a narrow victory in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) from an outside gate on March 29.
Set to handle the mile and a half this weekend, ihtsahymn has the experience and class to earn their spot at the top of the markets.
They are followed in WATC Derby betting by three other hopes under $10 with:
- #11 Balmont Girl ($3.80) – Paula Wagg-trained filly in top form this prep winning three of her four starts since February including the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), her last run was a stellar effort over this distance (2400m) when she took out the Group 3 WA Oaks on March 29 so she’ll be out to do it again her this time taking on the boys as well
- #3 Respondent ($5.50) – Grant Williams’ Haradasun gelding had the Derby favourit’es measure beating Ihtsahymn home in both the Lex Piper Stakes and JC Roberts Stakes in March, their latest run though they failed to make it a trifecta when third (beaten 0.6 lengths) to them in the Melvista Stakes over the 2200m
- #12 Real Love ($8.50) – Williams’ daughter of Desert King has been thereabouts all season including a Natasha Stakes third and her WA Oaks second last time out, will be better after the run and certainly is a Place chance here
The only other runner under $20 is then the rails-drawn Black Type winner Spin Da Wheels ($14) coming off a close fourth in the Melvista when beaten under a length.
Next best in betting before the real roughies are then the Vaughn Sigley-trained Black Heart Bart who ran 12th in the Melvista after racing erratically throughout and market mover Savanarola both paying $21 to score an upset WATC Derby result in 2014.
Blackfriars gelding Black Heart Bart may have failed in the Melvista Stakes in a surprise disappointment but they look back on track after a three and a half length Lark Hill trial, as ordered by stewards, on April 7.
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