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Following their commanding Doomben 10,000 Day win Chris Waller’s improving three-year-old Vilanova is the new favourite in the latest Queensland Derby 2014 odds.
Last week Donna Logan’s New Zealand filly Telepathic was narrow favourite to win the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
Post last weekend’s race results however it is now Vilanova top of those Queensland Derby betting markets at a quote of $5.
The gelding moved to the head of the markets after enjoying a big three and a half length victory in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) over a field of fellow Derby hopes.
Improving on a last start fourth at the track when hampered at the start and eventually beaten two and a half lengths by Amexed in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m), Vilanova was able to turn the tables when stepped up to 2200m for the first time.
They look right on track for the mile and half of the Derby then after running out a very strong Grand Prix from the outside barrier (14).
Over the past 10 years four Queensland Derby winners come out of the Grand Prix including the Waller’s reigning champion Hawkspur who completed the double Vilanova is now after this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Second pick in Derby betting is now Arabian Gold who is the short priced favourite to win this weekend’s $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).
Originally trainer David Vandyke had the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 17 as the daughter of Dubawi’s winter target.
She won that without a problem and now backs up in the Oaks.
Vandyke has also said that if she runs well and comes out of Saturday’s race without a problem then they would take on the boys in the Derby on Stradbroke Day.
It’s not an unheard of feat for a filly either with two in the past 10 years coming out of an Oaks run to win the Queensland Derby with Dariana (2010) and Riva San (2008) who scored the double.
The only other filly since 1983 to complete the rare Queensland Oaks – Derby double meanwhile was Royal Magic (1992).
“We have let her show us what she is up to all the way along and that won’t change,” Vandkye told the Brisbane Times when talking the Derby talk.
“We are just looking to get the job done on Saturday and get that Group 1 [win].”
There are then four other single figure fancies in the latest Queensland Derby odds including Troy Corsten’s Grand Prix Stakes runner-up Pinstripe Lane ($7).
The John Sargent-trained Elusive Runner, runner-up in their past two runs including behind Off The Rails over 2000m at Randwick over the weekend, and the aforementioned Telepathic then follow on $8.
Amexed then rounds out the Derby hopes under $10 at a price of $9 with Tony Gollan’s local Pentire gelding looking to bounce back from their Grand Prix fourth and return to their Rough Habit winning form.
2014 Queensland Derby first acceptances close on Wednesday before the final field is released the following week.
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