Sully to overcome bad draw
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.