Promising High Chapparal colt Wine Bush is Victoria Derby bound following a strong staying performance to win the Listed UCI Stakes at Flemington today.
The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old edged out Mick Price’s Rocketeer by 0.1L in a thrilling finish, with New Zealand visitor Highlad holding on for third.
Waller will now aim the horse for the 2016 Victoria Derby, a race he won two years ago with Preferment.
“He’s a very laid back horse, obviously well bred by High Chapparal,” Waller said.
“He’s been a little bit lethargic so the blinkers help switch him on.”
“I think what we learned with Preferment is they don’t have to be great two-year-olds, they need to have a well-timed preparation towards the spring as any horse does, in particularly the Derby type horses.”
“He’s going to have the mileage under him and another run in between and he’ll be there.”
Wine Bush is $11 at online bookmaker Sportsbet for the Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday 29th October 2016.
Winning jockey Hugh Bowman was bullish about the horse’s chances over more ground.
“I drew nicely, and he’s a progressive type. We’ve always had a high opinion of him,” Bowman said.
“Up to the 1800 with blinkers on today, he’s only going to improve further.”
UCI Stakes runner-up Rocketeer was gallant in defeat and is $15 for the Victoria Derby. Third placegetter Highlad is $11 and will derive plenty of benefit from his first Melbourne outing.
Third placegetter Highlad is $11 and will derive plenty of benefit from his first Melbourne outing. Trained by Murray Baker in New Zealand, he appears a likely improver over more ground.
Of the rest, Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s Odeon ran home nicely for fourth, as did John O’Shea three-year-old Kent.
Odeon and Kent are both $15 for the Victoria Derby, with Sacred Elixir heading betting at $4.50.
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