Despite finishing more than five lengths off the pace in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last time out, regular jockey Craig Newitt is confident talented three-year-old Teronado has the class to win this weekend’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick.
Closing that most recent race in the wake of likely Derby opponents Criterion and Thunder Fantasy, Newitt told AAP it was mainly track condition that prevented Teronado from producing a more convincing run.
“He travelled well and I thought he was the winner at the top of the straight but just floundered in the going” Newitt said.
“The track was even but the winner had a turn of foot in it and nothing else did.”
While a healthy dose of rain was felt over the Randwick track as recently as Sunday, a positive forecast for the remainder of the week is expected, with only light showers predicted prior to Teronado’s maiden appearance in a 2400 metre event.
“He might have been wanting the 2400 metres for two runs now so he’s just crying out for it now” Newitt added.
“He’s going great but he’s got really dour now.”
Saddled by Gold Coast-based trainer Bruce Hill, Teronado will be aiming to repeat the feats of fellow Queensland raider Shoot Out, who overcame a disappointing run in the Rosehill Guineas to win the 2010 edition of the Australian Derby by nearly two lengths.
Teronado is currently featured as tied fifth favourite with Rising Romance in early betting markets for success in this weekend’s Group 1 Australian Derby on day 1 of the inaugural The Championships at a generous quote of $11, behind Rosehill Guineas champion Criterion ($3.75), Thunder Fantasy and Lucia Valentina; sharing the second line of betting at $7.50 and Puccini ($10).
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