Connections for Gouldian are optimistic the classy colt will run in the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday despite being scratched from last weekend’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) due to a mild throat infection.
The Street Cry colt worked very well on the Flemington course proper Tuesday morning, and is at this point fit enough to start the $1.5 million Victoria Derby. He worked over 2000 metres, clocking in at 24.18 seconds down the last 400 metres.
“He’s really well, he had a strong gallop this morning at Flemington and we are happy with him,” Godolphin racing manager Jason Walsh told racing.com.
“We are chasing our tail a little bit having missed the Vase with the cough; having the cough was not ideal but while we haven’t quite settled on a decision it is all pointing towards him starting in the Derby.”
Walsh said a scope revealed the colt had low-grade mucus but vets didn’t think it was a big issue.
“He had an easy day on Saturday and a pretty testing gallop over 2000-metre today.
“He did have a bit of blow after his gallop, having had a few easy days, but he has had no temperature and he’s been eating up his feed.”
The Godolphin-owned three-year-old colt has had just six career starts, winning his maiden last time out at Warwick Farm over 1600 metres on October 8.
Gouldian is a $17 shot at winning the 2014 VRC Derby in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market alongside Firehouse Rock and Light Up Manhattan. Hampton Court is favourite at $2.80 while Preferment is on the second line of betting at odds of $6.
The Victoria Derby final field is set to be released Wednesday morning, so keep Races.com.au bookmarked for all the information.