SA Derby favourite tick­ing over nicely

The Sportsman Weekend - - International Races -

ODEON heads the bet­ting for tomorrow’s South Aus­tralian Derby and he tuned up that Group 1 event work­ing with his Mathew Eller­ton and Si­mon Zahra-trained sta­ble­mate RIVER GOD­DESS on Tues­day morn­ing. He re­laxed nicely, set­tling be­hind his work­mate dur­ing the early stages of their work­out, be­fore quick­en­ing over the con­clud­ing stages to cover 1600m 1.55.61 and his fi­nal 400m in 23.43.

Odeon heads to Ade­laide in ter­rific or­der this weekend while River God­dess is ready run to her best at Wer­ribee on Mon­day.

Godol­phin filly FRAG­O­NARD pro­duced a strong on speed per­for­mance to score over 1400m at Sandown last time out and she has come through that run in ter­rific or­der.

The three-year-old daugh­ter of New Ap­proach worked solo over 1200m on Tues­day morn­ing looked strong and fit af­ter com­plet­ing the jour­ney in 1.19.79 and her last 400m in 23.87. She heads to Caulfield on Satur­day for another event over 1400m and is sure give a great sight once again. Mark Ka­vanagh paired up BORD

DE GAIN and AT­LANTIC CITY for a work­out on Tues­day morn­ing and they gal­loped im­pres­sively lead­ing into their re­spec­tive as­sign­ments at Caulfield on Satur­day.

There wasn’t a great deal be­tween them af­ter cov­er­ing 1000m in 1.04.23, quick­en­ing nicely over the con­clud­ing stages to run their fi­nal 400m in 23.67.

Both horses head Caulfield in peak con­di­tion with At­lantic City re­turn­ing to Flem­ing­ton in great shape af­ter his luck­less run Ade­laide last start. The Team Corstens-pre­pared ZE

BRINZ is deep into his prepa­ra­tion but he hold­ing con­di­tion well and looked bright and fit af­ter Tues­day morn­ing’s hit out.

He ap­peared to have quite a bit in re­serve cov­er­ing 1400m in 1.39.05, his clos­ing 400m in 24.05 and with the ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of ap­pren­tice jockey Ben Thomp­son’s claim he is sure to run his usual hon­est race at Caulfield this weekend.

SAN VIN­CENZO has ap­pre­ci­ated step­ping up in dis­tance this prepa­ra­tion and the Mike Moroney­trained son of So You Think gets up to 2000m for first time at Caulfield on Satur­day.

He pulled up well af­ter cov­er­ing 1400m in 1.38.87 on Tues­day morn­ing, im­prov­ing as he ap­proached the find­ing post to run his clos­ing 400m in 25.14.

With two re­cent runs over 1600m un­der his belt he has been given a solid ground­ing for Satur­day’s test.

Odeon worked nicely ahead of tomorrow’s South Aus­tralian Derby

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