Maysoor has been backed into 2015 South Australian Derby odds of $16, but trainer Mick Price admits there are some question marks hanging over the promising stayer ahead of the Group 1 event at Morphettville tomorrow.
Maysoor opened at South Australian Derby odds of $16 when the final field for the race was released on Tuesday, but there has been consistent support for the son of Fastnet Rock and he has been the best-backed runner outside of dominant favourite Delicacy.
The three-year-old made his racing debut at Moonee Valley last year in the Chandler Macleod St Albans Stakes (1200m), but was unable to play a part in the finish before he was sent for a lengthy stint in the spelling paddock when he finished fifth in the Ritchie Brothers Auctions Maiden (1300m) at Geelong on July 25.
Maysoor returned to the races with a flat performance at Sale on March 11, but he was sent to Adelaide for an autumn campaign after he finished second behind Zolt at Pakenham in March 26.
The son of Fastnet Rock made his black type racing debut with a fourth place finish in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) at Morphettville on April 11 and he earnt a shot in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) with a second place finish behind October Date in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) at Morphettville on April 25.
While Prince considers Maysoor a winning chance in the South Australian Derby, he told Racing Ahead that he is unsure about the strength of the Chairman’s Stakes form and admits that the maiden is no certainty to run out a strong 2500 metres in the South Australian Derby.
“I was just speaking to Duncan Grimley who brought him and he said that the horse is bred to sprint, but he is doing what he is doing as a stayer, so I am hoping that he gets the 2500,” Price said.
“He is drawn well and he has Dominic Tourneur to ride.
“It is up in grade for him and I’m not sure about that Chairman’s form as all the form from Victoria is going across and I think there are a couple of New Zealand horses there.
“He is probably one of the chances in a race where there is probably six or seven chances.”
Delicacy remains the clear favourite in 2015 South Australian Derby betting markets at Ladbrokes and is now on top of betting at a quote of $2.80 from Manapine ($7), October Date ($8), Werther ($12) and Magicool ($12).