Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig expects Derryn to show his versatility from an inside barrier when he resumes in the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Dabernig can see Derryn taking advantage of his barrier three in the twelve horse field with Regan Bayliss settling the Hinchinbrook colt just off the pace.
Derryn has settled back in the field on a couple of occasions including when third to Flying Artie in the Group 3 $350,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 12 and has raced well on the pace when second to Divine Prophet Group 3 $125,000 Primo Smallgoods Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on August 20.
“Tomorrow he’s drawn a good gate,” Dabernig told Racing.com.
“I don’t think he’s a horse you have to bustle out of his comfort zone, but he did run well up in Sydney when he was put on the pace, so I think he’s pretty versatile.”
“He is a classy colt and he has good form at Caulfield.”
“It is a tough race though but I think he is an each way hope.”
Derryn is having his first start since running seventh to Flying Artie in the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington during the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival and heads the market order for the Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes at $4.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The John O’Shea trained Morton’s Fork and Tony McEvoy’s Hey Doc share the second line of betting at $5.50 with the Team Hawkes trained Into Orbit the next in the betting at $7.
Morton’s Fork rounded off his 2016 Spring Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 2 $250,000 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Sandown on November 12 and Hey Doc is also resuming and is having his first start since running fourth to Comin’ Through in the Group 3 $200,000 The Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 29.