Mongolian Khan returned to his best form to record a tough staying victory in the 2015 Australian Derby at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Jockey Opie Bosson settled Mongolian Khan in a lovely position just behind the leaders in the early stages of the Australian Derby and he responded well when asked for an extra effort at the 300 metre to score a tough victory over Hauraki and Volkstok’n’barrell.
Bosson has developed a strong association with Mongolian Khan after steering him to victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and he was delighted with the tough staying performance of the three-year-old.
“He was just a little bit flat first-up and today when I hoped on him in the parade ring he was a different horse,” Bosson said.
“He jumped, put himself in the race and travelled beautifully throughout and he just loves that 2400, he jumps keep climbing all the way to the line.
“He was relaxed no matter where we were and it was just a matter of getting him into the clear.”
Mongolian Khan outstayed Volkstok’n’barrell to win the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), but he produced a flat effort in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and he was a big drifter in Australian Derby betting markets.
Trainer Murray Baker, who has now won the Australian Derby on three occasions, said that he remained confident that Mongolian Khan could win the Australian Derby and tried a variety of different methods to help the three-year-old return to winning form.
“It is good to be back, I like coming to Randwick,” Baker said.
“We have three wins and a second, Harris Tweed got beaten by the master Bart (Cummings), so it is just good to get back again and have another go.
“Straight after the New Zealand Derby we sent him out to the spelling farm for five days and then got him back into work on the Thursday afternoon and brought him over here.
“I have to be honest, he was very disappointing in the Rosehill Guineas because I thought he would have kicked on better, but we have swam him and done a few things with him to get him going.
“We thought that he would run a good race today.
“He is a real 2400 horse and he keeps going at the one speed, which is quiet fast.”
Mongolian Khan is set to contest both the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and you can find the best odds for both races with Ladbrokes.com.au.
2015 Australian Derby Results
|1||3||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||–||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||5||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.8L||9||56.5kg||$4|
|3||2||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Williams||0.9L||5||56.5kg||$4|
|4||9||BIKILA||Pat Carey||Chad Schofield||1.9L||8||56.5kg||$151|
|5||6||QUICK STRIKE||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||2.1L||3||56.5kg||$17|
|6||8||RULING DYNASTY||Bart & James Cummings||Tommy Berry||3.7L||4||56.5kg||$21|
|7||7||OMEROS||John Sargent||Joao Moreira||5.4L||2||56.5kg||$12|
|8||1||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||7.6L||10||56.5kg||$3.70F|
|9||10||BROGUE (NZ)||Steve Englebrecht||Christian Reith||10.8L||7||56.5kg||$151|
|10||4||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||16.3L||6||56.5kg||$26|