The flying Tasmanian Guineas – Hobart Guineas double winner Jerilderie Letter may be lining up in the diminutive Tasmanian Derby 2016 field but it is the Darren Weir-trained Victorian raider Howard Be Thy Name that is short priced favourite to win the summer clash on Friday.
After the early scratching of the Robert Smerdon-trained stablemates Spirited Character (3) and Infinite Reign (4) there are just six three-year-olds in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Listed Schweppes Tasmanian Derby (2200m).
Due to run as Hobart Race 6 at 5:44pm (local time) on Friday evening, the Tasmanian Derby betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on the set weights clash are dominated by two youngsters.
Sitting top of the latest Tasmanian Derby odds at $2.15 is the Ballarat-based Redoute’s Choice colt Howard Be Thy Name from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Weir.
Brad Rawiller retains the ride on the in-form galloper whose lead-up run was a two and a half length win over the mile at home by two and a half lengths, Friday his first start over more distance.
How Howard Be Thy Name handles the notable distance increase is key to his chances and if he doesn’t step up the Adam Trinder-trained local Jerilderie Letter is ready to strike in gate two.
Anthony Darmanin rides the Bushranger gelding who is at $2.35 for the win, success seeing the flyer extend his winning streak to four on the trot.
He comes off back-to-back black-type wins this Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival having won the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) and the Listed Hobart Guineas (2100m) at his two most recent runs.
His overall career record sits at five wins and a third from six starts and he looks the value bet even at the short price in this showdown.
Two of the other runners are also under $10 for the win with Al Shameel ($6.50) and the market mover Siorca ($9 into $8.50) who also gets the inside run from barrier one.
Patrick Payne’s Plumpton-trained son of Zabeel Al Shameel comes off a string of second placings including crossing only a length off Jerilderie Letter in the Hobart Guineas late last month.
That was his first Tasmanian run and if he improves, he could be hard to hold out with Melbourne hoop Steven Arnold in the saddle again.
Spreyton’s Barry Campbell prepares the Hobart Guineas third placed Sharkbite gelding Siorca who was fourth in the Tasmanian Guineas the run before and who has a remarkable place rate at the track of a second and six thirds from nine starts.
Rounding out the field and markets are the John McArdle-trained Tough Speed gelding Trouble Bound ($34) and the roughie shot of the lot Special Shot ($61) for Longford’s John Blacker.
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