|Grey Song will be hoping to follow in the foosteps of last year's VRC St
Leger winner Big Pat by winning the Group One SA Derby after winning the feature Group
Three event at Flemington today.
The win has
also posed a semi delimma for leading jockey Damien Oliver who thought his SA Derby mount
has chosen himself after the impressive win by the kiwi Our Kazz is last Saturday's Port
Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville.
Oliver isn't ready to try and separate the three-year-olds
but he will have to in a couple of weeks time when they look set to clash.
"They are both very
nice horses," Oliver said. "I'm not prepared to say one is better than the other
"Our Kazz was impressive the other day in Adelaide and
that bloke (Grey Song) was just as good out there today," Oliver added.
Grey Song jumped the warm favourite in this afternoon's race
and he got a long way back before making up a lot of ground when Oliver directed the
three-year-old up on the inside of runners.
Despite being bumped on straightening the Tommy Hughes
trained gelding proved too strong in the $151,000 race.
Grey Song was having his first run since finishing a very
good fourth to Don Eduardo in the AJC Derby in Sydney on March 30.
"He is a very honest
horse and a pretty tough little competitor," Hughes said after the win.
"We'll probably push on to Adelaide for the Derby,"
While saying the horse was already a strong performer the
veteran trainer felt the grey would be a better horse later on.
"I think he's going to be much better suited in the
handicap races later on," Hughes said. "He's not a real big horse and the big
weights tend to prove a bit of a problem."
Hughes was pleased with the ride of Damien Oliver. The win
gave Damien Oliver feature win number two for the afternoon. He early rode La Zoffany to
victory in the listed Matron Stakes.
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