Saturday’s Moonee Valley Vase winner Sacred Elixir is the ruling Victoria Derby favourite at $3.20, but the smart punters around swear there’s better value in a promising Team Hawkes colt.
Swear, a three-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice, appears the ideal Derby type and has impressed at his three runs this time.
The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained galloper resumed with an impressive Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) win at Randwick last month where he hit the line strongly.
He followed that effort with a close-up finish in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill, before running second to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Currently $13 at Sportsbet, Swear will have plenty of admirers getting closer to the 2016 Victoria Derby this coming Saturday.
Just ahead of Swear on $11 is James Cummings-trained three-year-old Prized Icon, who ran third in the Spring Champion Stakes behind Yankee Rose. Prized Icon ran 5th in the Vase on Saturday behind Sacred Elixir and it’s hard to see him turning the tables on the Derby favourite on that effort.
Sacred Elixir, from the Tony Pike yard in Cambridge, New Zealand, is the punter’s Victoria Derby elect following his Group 2 Vase (2040m) win on the weekend. The son of Pour Moi heads into the Derby in great shape and has a class edge on many of his rivals.
Any budding stayers in the Ciaron Maher camp are worth considering and Beach Life at $13 fits the bill. An average effort in the listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington was followed by a pleasing 4th in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic at Caulfield. The Hinchinbrook three-year-old has always appealed as a Victoria Derby type and he certainly provides some value.
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The 2016 Victoria Derby will take place on Saturday 29th October 2016 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
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2016 Victoria Derby Odds
|$7.00||So Si Bon|
|$51.00||All Out Of Love|
|$101.00||Back To The Bowler|
|$301.00||Shine Tak Star|
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Category: Victoria Derby Day Betting