2015 Australian Derby the Autumn Goal for Nazir

After winning his maiden at Rosehill on Wednesday, Nazir will be aimed towards the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 4, the first day of The Championships series.

James McDonald delivered the winning ride on Australian Derby hopeful Nazir in his maiden on Wednesday.

James McDonald delivered the winning ride on Australian Derby hopeful Nazir in his maiden on Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Nazir’s main autumn goal is decided on but now trainers Bart & James Cummings will have to choose a path to the Derby for the three-year-old gelding.

James Cummings is considering two varying paths, one traditional and one out of the box.

“He’ll have one more run and I want it to be at a mile and a half,” the co-trainer told TVN.

“He’s only had three starts and what he lacks in seasoning we’ll hope to make up next time so that he’s having his second run at 2400m in the Derby.”

The traditional path towards the $2 million Australian Derby is via the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) a fortnight beforehand but Cummings is keen to test Nazir over the 2400 metre before the main event.

Because of this, Nazir could head to either the N.E. Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on March 21 or head to Newcastle for a combined Class 1/maiden over 2300m on March 18.

Cummings would much prefer to test the gelding over a mile and a half than a race at the highest level.

James McDonald delivered the winning ride on Nazir yesterday. After settling off the speed and working late down the middle of the track, the pair crossed the finish line one length in front of Chris Waller’s Low Places with Brazen Moss just a short half-head away in third.

The hoop was happy to win with the Cummings-trained gelding, considering he’d failed to bring home his maiden in his previous two attempts.

“I owed them for this one because it wasn’t one of my best last start,” McDonald said.

“I took off a bit early and he got lost in front but this time he was a bit stronger and I was a little more patient.”

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