Young Thor Chance in “Weak” WA Derby 2018 Field

April 20, 2018

Young Thor Chance in “Weak” WA Derby 2018 Field

Casuarina trainer Lindsey Smith is hoping to score an upset in Saturday’s 2018 WA Derby at Ascot Racecourse in an edition of the mile and a half classic he believes is “weak” with his untapped runner Young Thor.

William Pike

Jockey William Pike (pictured on Escado, inside) rides Saturday’s 2018 WA Derby favourite Action. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

There are no interstate raiders making the trip to Perth for this year’s Group 2 $400,000 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) despite the lucrative prize money on offer.

With an all-local affair and no genuine autumn standouts, Smith’s confidence his roughie hope Young Thor can give the field a shake-up is strong.

“I just thought that the $400,000 would catch the eye of some of the trainers over there, especially as this is probably [one of] the weakest Derbies of recent time,” Smith told Racing Victoria earlier in the week.

“We’ve got a couple of OK fillies but there isn’t much depth with the colts this year.

“But you have your good years and your not-so-good [editions].”

Smith is a dual WA Derby winning trainer having taken out the race with Old Money (2000) and Plastered (2005).

His runner this year, Frost Giant gelding Young Thor, won at Bunbury over the mile two back before his last start second over 2100m at Ascot in No Metro Wins clash.

Jockey Daniel Staeck retains the ride on the up-and-comer for his acid test in the Group 2 on the weekend, Young Thor dropping from 58kg to 56.5kg at set weights in the Derby.

With this being Young Thor’s first black-type assignment, the WATC Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are generous listing the galloper at $61.

That is a firming price from his opening triple-figure offering of $101 and one that Smith hopes the surprisingly strong staying type can perform better than on the weekend.

“He came to me as a sprinter and to tell you the truth I nearly gave him back to the owners early on and he looked pretty limited, but I put some work into him and put him up to a mile and he won,” Smith explained.

“Then I kept the work up to him and he took it and then went to 2100 metres last time and fought on pretty well so when I looked at the Derby I thought he was worth a shot at it.”

Favourite in WA Derby betting at $3.70 and firming is the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Pierro gelding Action looking to atone for a luckless fifth in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2000m) last time out.

Winner of that, Money Maher, is a $5.50 chance to keep the wins coming stepping-up in distance on Saturday before the rails-drawn Sentimental Friend rounds out the single-figure chances at $6 after his lead-up second in the Melvista.

Sentimental Friend is another of the six runners from Team Williams who have dominated the WA Derby results in the past decade with five wins in the last seven years.

As for the “OK fillies” Smith mentioned, the shortest-priced to beat the boys on Saturday is the WA Oaks winner Special Alert ($11) from the Williams’ stable who suffered a blow with a wide barrier (17 into 15).

To check out the full WATC Derby 2018 betting odds and Perth racing markets for Saturday head to Ladbrokes.com.au now.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Cox Plate Favourite Mystic Jou...

Rupert Clarke Stakes Favourite...

Rupert Clarke Stakes Favourite Begood Toya Mother Wins First-Up

Begood Toya Mother took the next step in proving his Group 1 potential at...

Quezette Stakes 2019 Winner Ex...

Quezette Stakes 2019 Winner Exhilarates in for Big Spring

A terrific first-up win at Caulfield Racecourse in the 2019 Quezette Stakes...

2019 Vain Stakes Results: Grou...

2019 Vain Stakes Results: Group 1s Call for Bivouac

Godolphin looked to have uncovered a genuine Group 1 spring horse in Bivouac...

P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day 2019:...

P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day 2019: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

The Spring Racing Carnival Group 1s are just around the corner and punters are...

Horse Racing Today

Cox Plate Favourite Mystic Jou...

Rupert Clarke Stakes Favourite...

Rupert Clarke Stakes Favourite Begood Toya Mother Wins First-Up

Begood Toya Mother took the next step in proving his Group 1 potential at...

Quezette Stakes 2019 Winner Ex...

Quezette Stakes 2019 Winner Exhilarates in for Big Spring

A terrific first-up win at Caulfield Racecourse in the 2019 Quezette Stakes...

2019 Vain Stakes Results: Grou...

2019 Vain Stakes Results: Group 1s Call for Bivouac

Godolphin looked to have uncovered a genuine Group 1 spring horse in Bivouac...

P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day 2019:...

P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day 2019: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

The Spring Racing Carnival Group 1s are just around the corner and punters are...

Race Results

Cox Plate Favourite Mystic Journey Wins P.B. Lawrence First-Up

Rupert Clarke Stakes Favourite Begood Toya Mother Wins First-Up

Quezette Stakes 2019 Winner Exhilarates in for Big Spring

2019 Vain Stakes Results: Group 1s Call for Bivouac

Sir Rupert – Toorak Calls for Aurie’s Star Winner So Si Bon

Race Previews

Trinder Happy With Top 3 Finish for Cox Plate Fav Mystic Journey

P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day 2019: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

PB Lawrence Stakes 2019 Betting Update: Hartnell Market Mover

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Field: Mystic Journey Draws Barrier Two

Caulfield Guineas Favourite Prince Fawaz Impresses Cummings

Fields & Form

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Field: Mystic Journey Draws Barrier Two

Missile Stakes Day 2019: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

2019 Golden Rose Campaigns Kick-Off in The Rosebud Field

Five Horse Missile Stakes 2019 Field: Alizee $1.50 to Win

Sesar Heads Aurie’s Star Handicap 2019 Betting