Sully to over­come bad draw

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

TRENT Busut­tin and Natalie Young could only shake their heads when Sully was given an­other hor­ror draw, but they say he’s still got the class to win to­mor­row’s Group 1 $1.5m Vic­to­ria Derby (2500m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Busut­tin has al­ways thought Sully was his main Derby con­tender but rates his other two in the race also — Main Stage and Johnny Vinko.

Main Stage is one of the equal favourites de­spite draw­ing gate 14 while Sully jumps from 15, which left Busut­tin to won­der when he’ll get luck with the Re­li­able Man three-year- old.

“Even when he won in Mel­bourne he drew badly and the bar­rier draw prob­a­bly cost him the win in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes,” Busut­tin said.

“He drew bad that day and there was never go­ing to be any pace on in that race. They walked in front and he got back in a bad po­si­tion I think it cost him the win. I’m tak­ing noth­ing away from Ace High though. He makes his own luck.”

Sully ran third to Ace High in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2000m) and that form, along with en­gage­ment of Hugh Bow­man, still gives the Kiwi trainer plenty of hope win­ning the clas­sic again after he did it with Sang­ster in 2011.

A num­ber of horses, in­clud­ing Sang­ster, Lion Tamer, Prized Icon and Monaco Con­sul have ran in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes gone on to win the derby.

“I’ll be giv­ing no firm plans to Bow­man, but it will be hard see him hunted up on pace from a wide draw,” Busut­tin said.

“I think he’s the best jockey in Aus­tralia so right man to have on and Michael Walker is rid­ing in great con­fi­dence and he’ll need to pull out a good ride.

“One thing I do know is that the Spring Cham­pion Stakes form al­ways holds up ev­ery year un­til the derby and this it won’t be very dif­fer­ent.”

Johnny Vinko is the one Busut­tin/Young run­ner who drew well in gate four.

Busut­tin had al­ways rated the Sav­abeel geld­ing and said pun­ters could put a line through his last start 11th in the Gee­long Clas­sic where he came from a wide gate and got a bit of in­ter­fer­ence in the straight.

He also said Johnny Vinko would re­lax best in the run out of his three.

“Johnny Vinko has drawn great and he’ll give a good ac­count of him­self. He’s not just go­ing around to make up the num­bers,” Busut­tin said.

“He prob­a­bly doesn’t have the class to say he’ll just come out and win a derby but he’ll get some of the prize­money.

“He’s go­ing to be sit­ting sixth or sev­enth on the run­ning and if he’s good enough he’ll come into the race.

“Johnny Vinko will cer­tainly go to sleep in the run­ning.”

Main Stage has caught up to his more fan­cied sta­ble­mate Sully this prepa­ra­tion and the pun­ters are keen on him he was a $ 4.40 sec­ond favourite to Ace High fol­low­ing the bar­rier draw.

“Main Stage’s best run was won her won and come from last at Flem­ing­ton so with him it will be fairly easy. He’ll prob­a­bly do the same but I don’t want to

sit­ting last on the turn in a derby,” Busut­tin said.

“Sully’s form is def­i­nitely stronger, but Main Stage beat Cliff’s Edge and Cliff’s Edge Tan­gled who beat Sully.”

Train­ers Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young have a trio of strong con­tenders, in­clud­ing Main Stage (pic­tured), in to­mor­row’s Vic­to­ria Derby at Flem­ing­ton.

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