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Caulfield’s Stuart Webb is considering paying a late entry fee for his smart filly Ana Royale to take on the boys in the Queensland Derby 2017 this Saturday in Brisbane.
The three-year-old daughter of Anacheeva raced at Doomben last weekend finishing under three lengths back for third behind the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m).
With this year’s $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby also moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and contested over 2200m, Webb is looking at putting Ana Royale on the seven day back-up against the colts and geldings.
Connections will have to fork out an $18,000 late entry fee to get the filly into the Queensland Derby field, which has a capacity of just 16 starters due to the different course circumference at Doomben.
Queensland Derby late entries are open until 9am (AEST) on Wednesday morning and Webb is very tempted to give Ana Royale the chance to atone for her luckless Oaks performance after she pulled through the run in outstanding fashion.
“She was really unextended to the line and has come through the race really well so we’re definitely considering it,” he told Racing Victoria on Monday.
It has been seven years since a filly last won the Queensland Derby, the Bart Cummings-trained Dariana getting the job done as a $5 shot after she was left at the post in the Oaks getting her head caught in the adjacent stall, getting caught and failing to take place in the race she was short-priced favourite to win.
Rock Diva was the last filly to contest a Queensland Derby, the Tony Pike-trained daughter of Lucky Unicorn backing up from a Queensland Oaks fourth to run fourth again just over a length beaten by Sonntag in the 2014 edition of the classic.
Aside from the possible late call-up for Ana Royale, there are no other fillies nominated for the Queensland Derby this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Pre-field Queensland Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Brian Smith’s Grand Prix Stakes winner Order Again ($4.80) and Darren Weir’s SA Derby champ Volatile Mix ($5) coming off a second in the same lead-up fighting for favouritism with barriers likely to determine the market order on Wednesday.
Ana Royale has been added to the futures Queensland Derby betting markets listed as a $15 shot, while Kiwi raider Shocking Luck is at $6 and is the other likely late entry after connections missed the first acceptance cut off.
Check out the latest Queensland Derby 2017 markets online now before prices firm on the confirmed contenders with Wednesday’s final acceptances.
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