Monday, 2 April 2012
: There might be a further late New Zealand entrant for the $1.5m Group 1 David Jones Australian Derby at Randwick on April 14 to accompany Ocean Park with the Murray Baker trained Malandrino also under consideration as a late entry.
Baker is considering running Malandrino
after the Darci Brahma
gelding won the Group 3 Higgins Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni on Saturday. Malandrino was ridden by leading New Zealand jockey James McDonald to a clear 2.5L win.
McDonald said after the race that he thought Malandrino was special and had the capacity to reach the top level of racing. The win was Malandrino's third from seven starts and he has placed twice for stakes of NZ$55,000.
Baker is no stranger to bringing across serious Derby competitors, winning the race in 2008 with Nom du Jeu
and coming second with Harris Tweed
in 2009. Both were by the now deceased sire Montjeu
who passed away late last week at Coolmore
The late entry for the Australian Derby is $40,000, which includes the acceptance fee, which is due on Tuesday April 10th.
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