While It’s A Dundeel appears just that for today’s 2013 ATC Australian Derby, trainer David Hayes is hoping to orchestrate an upset with his two runners.
Hayes will line up Gerontius and Bass Straightfor the 2013 ATC Australian Derby over 2,400 metres.
Gerontius is currently paying odds of $51 to win the $1.5 million race at bookmaker.com.au, while Bass Strait is offering long odds of $101.
However, despite their long odds Hayes is confident that the pair are not without a chance in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby.
“Anything can happen in racing, we saw that with More Joyous last week,” Hayes said.
“It’s A Dundeel deserves to be favourite although there is probably a slight risk he can’t stay as he failed at this trip last time (unplaced in the Victoria Derby).
“He was a younger horse then and coming off a long preparation so there were excuses.
“He is clearly the one to beat but I am taking two very fit horses to the track (today) believing they will both run better than their odds suggest.”
Hayes believes Gerontius will be better suited to the 2013 ATC Australian Derby’s 2,400 metres after his second placing to Philippi over 2,000 metres in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes last start.
“You probably can’t say that about too many others in the Derby,” Hayes said.
“He wasn’t completely comfortable in the wet conditions last week but what I really liked was the way he ran right through the line. The longer the race went, the stronger he got.
“Bass Strait was running well in Group company in Melbourne before his last start at Caulfield (fourth) where he was very unlucky.
“Like Gerontius, he will definitely stay and both horses go well on the Sydney leg.”
Gerontius has won two of his nine race starts to date, while Bass Strait will be searching for the third win of his career from nine runs in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby.
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