Sydney trainer Mark Newnham can’t see Shadow Hero having any trouble getting the 2500m of the Group 1 $2m AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday.
“It’s new to all the horses but I don’t think he will have any trouble getting the distance,” Newnham told AAP.
“He’s fit and well and has settled in nicely.”
Shadow Hero has been installed as the $3.20 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Victoria Derby as he chases a hat trick following wins in the Group 3 $200,000 Antler Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 28 and in the Group 1 $1m Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 12.
Josh Parr has been aboard Shadow Hero for all his three 2019 Spring Carnival runs and gets the ride again in the Victoria Derby and will be looking to find some cover on the Pierro three year old in the early stages after drawing barrier ten in the final sixteen horse field.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Thought Of That is also the winner of his last two starts since the blinkers went on.
Thought Of That raced to an eight lengths win in a 1620m Donald Maiden and then came to town to lead all of the way in the Group 3 $350,000 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) at Caulfield on October 19.
Thought Of That has drawn the rails and will be ridden by new jockey Mark Zahra who replaces Linda Meech who has been aboard the So You Think colt at his last two starts.
Thought Of That is starting to trim up in betting and is the second pick at $3.90 at Ladbrokes.com.au while the Ken Keys trained Soul Patch is on the third line of betting at $6 and regular rider Dwyane Dunn is certain to give the Shamus Award colt a sweet run from barrier two.
Kiwi colt Long Jack raced into Victoria Derby contention with his win in the Listed $140,000 Roderick Insurance Brokers Geelong Classic (2200m) at Geelong on October 23 but will have to overcome the outside gate with Craig Williams in the saddle.
Betting for the 2019 Victoria Derby at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.20 Shadow Hero, $3.90 Thought Of That, $6 Soul Patch, $9 Warning, $13 Southern Moon, $16 Relucent, $17 Long Jack, $26 Serious Liaison, Huntly Castle, $31 Independent Road, $34 Translator, $61 He Is, $71 Craftsmanship, $101 Sign Seal Deliver, $126 Navarre, $201 Lucky Edward.
Final field for 2019 Victoria Derby (2500m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||214×311||SHADOW HERO||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||10||55.5kg||107|
|2||1×2181||SOUL PATCH||Ken Keys||Dwayne Dunn||2||55.5kg||90|
|3||653×2511||THOUGHT OF THAT||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||1||55.5kg||81|
|4||74×3412||WARNING||Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||11||55.5kg||77|
|5||51413||SERIOUS LIAISON||Danny O’Brien||Brett Prebble||7||55.5kg||72|
|6||6711×735||HUNTLY CASTLE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||13||55.5kg||69|
|7||21×9824||INDEPENDENT ROAD||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||6||55.5kg||70|
|8||22×1661||LONG JACK||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Craig Williams||16||55.5kg||75|
|9||8×1515||CRAFTMANSHIP (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Jamie Kah||12||55.5kg||–|
|10||0x3212||SOUTHERN MOON||Mitchell Freedman||–||8||55.5kg||68|
|11||432323||RELUCENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||55.5kg||63|
|12||48×1557||HE IS||Mark Kavanagh||Dean Yendall||15||55.5kg||61|
|13||77×4824||TRANSLATOR||Nigel Blackiston||Jordan Childs||3||55.5kg||60|
|14||256×74528||NAVARRE||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–||9||55.5kg||55|
|15||235||SIGN SEAL DELIVER||Matt Cumani||John Allen||14||55.5kg||60|
|16||6840||LUCKY EDWARD||Tony Vasil||Jack Hill||5||55.5kg||58|