Jockey Glen Boss will shoot for a third Queensland Derby victory after picking up the ride aboard the Darren Weir-trained Master Of Arts in the Doomben classic on Saturday.
Lightly-raced Mastercraftsman colt Master Of Arts is current second favourite in the pre-field markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to win the $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2200m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day in Brisbane this weekend.
The all-in Queensland Derby odds are led by Kiwi raider Werther ($3.80), the ultra-consistent Andrew Campbell-trained Tavistock gelding coming off a win in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) at the track and distance from last weekend.
Weir’s Ballarat-based grey Master Of Arts is then the $4.80 second pick after his maiden Queensland run when third to the Peter Moody-trained Upham in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) on May 23.
Master Of Art’s regular rider Brad Rawiller was originally set to partner the up-and-comer in the Derby but he twisted his knee on way to the barriers at Ballarat on Sunday.
He was unable to ride after that and was later found to have suffered a tear in the medial ligament of his left knee.
In a further blow, Rawiller is also serving a 12-meeting suspension for a careless riding charge for his first ride of the day on Sunday.
Rawiller’s inability to ride this weekend in Brisbane then has opened up Boss’s chances of bagging another Queensland Derby win following his previous success in the three-year-olds’ classic aboard Lachlan River (2005) and Camarena (1999).
The call-up to partner Master Of Arts came at the right time for Boss as well after he was ruled out of a ride aboard the Michael Nolan-trained Jumbo Prince.
Boss was in line to partner the Toowoomba-based Outback Prince colt, winner of the Toowoomba Guineas over the mile three starts back, before the galloper’s regular rider in apprentice Luke Tarrant was granted a stay of proceedings against a reckless riding charge freeing him up to continue his association with the horse.
Jumbo Prince is only rated a $26 shot in the Queensland Derby after he finished two lengths away sixth in the Grand Prix Stakes last time out, a race that has produced two of the past three Queensland Derby winners.
Both Hawkspur (2013) and Brambles (2012) completed the Grand Prix – Derby double, which the in-form Upham, also a son of Mastercraftsman, is paying $9 to do again this year.
Along wither Werther, Master Of Arts and Sadler’s Lake the last of the single figure hopes in the current Queensland Derby markets at $9.
The Chris Waller-trained son of High Chaparral won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben on May 9, defeating Upham by nearly two lengths, before a fifth when Upham turned the tables in the Grand Prix.
Waller chases his second Queensland Derby trophy after Hawkspur won two years back.
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