2018 Victoria Derby: Weir’s pair draw wide, Thinkin’ Big in the middle

October 30, 2018

2018 Victoria Derby: Weir’s pair draw wide, Thinkin’ Big in the middle

The barrier draw for the final field for the 2018 Group 1 $2m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday had mixed results for several of the fancied runners.

Thinkin' Big, above, is the favourite for the 2018 Victoria Derby at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Thinkin’ Big, above, is the favourite for the 2018 Victoria Derby at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Thinkin’ Big cemented favouritism for the Victoria Derby after drawing barrier nine in the final sixteen horse field plus two emergencies and heads the betting at $3 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Thinkin’ Big is the winner of two of his last three starts and set the pace last start to win the Group 3 $350,000 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) at Caulfield on October 20.

Tim Clark will have no trouble finding the front on the free running Thinkin’ Big by the time they hit the first turn out of the straight while John Allen on the Darren Weir trained Extra Brut (barrier 15) and Dean Yendall on stablemate Savoie (barrier 17) will be desperately trying to find some cover at the wining post the first time after jumping from wide gates.

Savoie also has early speed and led at his latest start when second to Stars Of Carrum in the Group 2 $200,000 Drummond Golf Vase (2040m) at The Valley last Saturday while Extra Brut settled in the second half of the field two starts back when he ran home to win the Listed $120,000 UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 6.

Co-trainer Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said that Thinkin’ Big has come through his last start win in the Ladbrokes Classic in great order and they are anticipating another bold showing in the Victoria Derby.

“Thinkin’ Big’s super, he came through his Caulfield win in great shape,’’ Bott told The Daily Telegraph.

“Physically he has really come on since his last start and hopefully we have got the right horse for the Derby.

“The Derby is what we set out to do, what we set out to achieve.”

“It’s a prestigious race, we would love to be able to win it and this way we are giving him his chance.

“He has had a good grounding for the Derby and he is bred to see out the 2500m.’’

On the second line of betting at $6.50 is the James Cummings trained Aramayo (Tye Angland, barrier 10) who is coming off a last start third in the Drummond Golf Vase while Extra Brut is marked at $8 just ahead of Savoie at $10.

Betting for the 2018 Victoria Derby at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Thinkin’ Big, $6.50 Aramayo, $8 Extra Brut, $10 Savoie, $11 Chapada, $13 Sikorsky, Stars Of Carrum, Mickey Blue Eyes, $15 Farooq, Savvy Oak, $26 Alessandro, Visao, $31 Home Ground, $51 Tolemac, Grinzinger Star, Vow And Declare, $101 Louie The Legend, Sebarate.

Final field for the 2018 Victoria Derby (2500m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 131131 THINKIN’ BIG Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 55.5kg 91
2 214123 ARAMAYO James Cummings Tye Angland 10 55.5kg 88
3 21116 EXTRA BRUT Darren Weir John Allen 15 55.5kg 78
4 78×647221 STARS OF CARRUM Robbie Laing Ben Melham 7 55.5kg 89
5 4115×6381 HOME GROUND John Sargent Hugh Bowman 16 55.5kg 74
6 259×1155 MICKEY BLUE EYES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 55.5kg 73
7 5321132 SAVOIE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 17 55.5kg 78
8 711704 VISAO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 13 55.5kg 69
9 200×969430 SEBERATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 18 55.5kg 67
10 6512 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James McDonald 12 55.5kg 68
11 7×26123 SIKORSKY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6 55.5kg 67
12 1x45x19892 FAROOQ Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg 68
13 715×22340 LOUIE THE LEGEND Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 11 55.5kg 62
14 18464 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 5 55.5kg 66
15 124 TOLEMAC Francis Finnegan Michael Dee 14 55.5kg 64
16 93313 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55.5kg 65
17e 151 ALESSANDRO Robbie Griffiths Ben Thompson 1 55.5kg 67
18e 8321 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien James Winks 8 55.5kg 62

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