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Co-trainer David Hayes is leaning towards a Sydney run in the Up And Coming Stakes on Saturday over a run in Melbourne for the stable’s 2016 Golden Rose hopeful Derryn.
Prepared by Hayes in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, Hinchinbrook colt Derryn was last seen scoring an impressive Caulfield win from out wide over Sword Of Light on July 30.
The youngster debuted at Flemington in March running only one and a half lengths away sixth to Selenia in the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m) before the one length victory over the same distance this winter.
He will have a second Black-Type start on Saturday with Hayes confirming Royal Randwick’s $125,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) is the most likely assignment.
Derryn is also nominated for the $120,000 Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) for the colts and geldings at Moonee Valley.
“He is going to be entered in both, we want to do that because we are looking at track conditions, barriers, opposition and we will weigh up which is better for him,” Hayes told Racing Victoria.
Tim Clark will ride the horse in the Up And Coming Stakes if Derryn travels to Sydney, while Damian Lane is on standby for the Melbourne run.
The up-and-comer looks an ideal type to target the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10 however so an earlier Sydney assignment would work better according to Hayes.
“He is a very smart horse, my preference is to give him a run in Sydney before the Golden Rose but I want to make sure he is entered for the right race,” he said.
“I think the Golden Rose picture opened up a little bit last weekend [when former favourite Capitalist lost the San Domenico Stakes] I think he is a genuine contender.”
The Up And Coming Stakes nominations taken on Monday included 13 hopeful three-year-olds.
Pre-field markets for the Warwick Stakes Day support act at Ladbrokes.com.au are firmly led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained The Rosebud runner-up Mediterranean ($2.70).
James Cummings’ returning Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner Prized Icon ($5.50) is second favourite in early Up And Coming Stakes betting followed by Derryn ($6).
In all-in Golden Rose Stakes odds meanwhile Mediterranean is at $9 in markets co-led by Impending and Yankee Rose, while Derryn is at $15 to win the Group 1 next month.
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