BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY, PERFECT THE NEXT FOR WERTHER’S TRAINER
WERTHER is out to defend an enviable record for his trainer Andrew Campbell when he runs in Saturday’s Queensland Derby.
After winning Saturday’s Eagle Farm Cup and joining Melbourne Cup runner-up Rising Fear and international star Balmerino as the only three-year-olds to win the race (formerly the O’Shea Stakes) in 60 years, Werther leapt to the top of Derby betting charts.
He also took Campbell’s record of Queensland runners to three wins in three starts.
He is the first horse Campbell has brought to Queensland since Bob’s Boy won the Doomben Classic and Rough Habit Plate in 2003.
“Let’s hope it’s four from four after next Saturday,” Campbell said yesterday.
“This is only my second trip to Brisbane and I love the place.”
After winning the Rough Habit, Bob’s Boy was sold to clients of David Hayes and failed in the Derby when rac- ing in Tony McEvoy’s name, hence leaving Campbell with his perfect Brisbane record.
Campbell likes to keep a maximum of 10 in his stable, as his business has always been built on trading horses.
Werther is a son of Tavistock, who Campbell trained to win two Group 1 races in New Zealand.
His Queensland tilt came as an afterthought following his second to WA filly Delicacy in the South Australian Derby.
“Adelaide was always the first choice, but we put a nomi- nation in for Brisbane just in case,” Campbell said.
“After he ran so well at Morphettville, we just thought ‘bugger it, you’re only three once, let’s head to Brisbane’.
“The original plan was to go straight into the Derby, but he just did so well up here we needed another run and this one fitted in beautifully.
“I’ve always rated him as a really good horse and you saw the best of him (on Saturday). But in saying that, he had a real good blow and will improve further off that run.”