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Rising Victorian-based trainer Ken Keys is hopeful the building form and class of stable star Bring Something will figure in contention in this weekend’s featured Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville Racecourse.
Producing a strong turn of foot to win the Listed Galilee Series Final Open (2400m) by more than two lengths at Caulfield last time out, Bring Something has arguably received an ideal preparation leading into his second Group 1 appearance and only eleventh competitive race since debuting in the spring of 2013.
Unlucky not to claim a victory at the highest level of Australian racing to date, Keys told The Advertiser he believes Bring Something offers a legitimate chance of breaking the stable’s drought this weekend.
“He’s continually learning” Keys said.
“He has a bit of X-factor. It might be still 12 months away, but he’s coming along nicely.
“We’d like to think he’ll be very competitive.
“It would feel pretty satisfying to ever get one of them. We ran second, third and fifth (in previous attempts) I think.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch over a competitive maiden preparation, Bring Something produced a strong final straight sprint to finish fourth amongst classy competition on debut, building towards an impressive appearance for fourth in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) in only his third race start in a field that included eventual Cox Plate champion Shamus Award.
Returning to racing in similarly good form in 2014, the Sebring gelding steadily built to the task when fifth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) first-up and sixth in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) just two weeks later.
While unable to figure in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) on March 14th, the gelding out of Metellus secured a near-seven length victory a minor event over 2025 metres prior to his most recent triumph.
Allocated the wide and awkward barrier 14 for the 2014 South Australian Derby, Bring Something is currently featuring as outright second favourite in betting markets for success, at a quote of $4.50.
Comfortably claimed the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) last time out, Order Of The Sun is currently sole occupant of the top line of betting for the 2014 SA Derby at short $3.60 odds.
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