South Australian local Sky Raider is set to take to the field in the Group 1 SA Derby at Morphettville Racecourse this Sunday May 8, 2011.
The three-year-old is fresh from a last start win in the Heartkids SA Handicap, where he won the 2,100 metre race by a convincing three and a half lengths.
The Reset gelding has won two of his five race starts and has only finished worse than second on one occasion.
Trainer Tony McEvoy was full of praise for Sky Raider’s previous horse racing performances.
“He keeps stepping up,” McEvoy said.
“He is a progressive young horse.”
McEvoy was more than impressed with Sky Raider’s last start performance.
“As a three-year-old and carrying 57kg he had a tough task yet was still able to run a second quicker than the other 2100m race on the day,” McEvoy said.
“Sky Raider had to carry the field up to the leader, wobbled around the home turn when he shied at the starting stalls which had been dragged to the inside of the track, then once he got his stride back was really strong to the line.
The trainer is confident that Sky Raider is more than capable of stepping up an extra 400 metres to run in the 2011 SA Derby.
“He has been very strong at the end of his 2100 metre races, is bred to stay and I’m confident he can run the 2500 metres of the Derby,” he said.
“Sky Raider is only three once and to be fit, sound and in-form he is worth a shot at the race.
“Quite often in Derbies, a number of runners don’t stay the trip and Sky Raider gives every indication he will.”
Sky Raider will be hoping to add to his current prize money of $18,800 with a first place prize check of $222,500 in the 2011 SA Derby.
There are currently 27 nominations for the 2011 SA Derby, all vying for a place in the 16 horse starting field.
Also included in the 2011 SA Derby nominations are Peter Snowden’s Backgammon, Mick Price’s Echoes Of Heaven, Leigh Child’s Heez born Lucky, Mark Kavanagh’s Kittens and David Hayes’ Precious Lorraine.
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2011 SA Derby Nominations
|1||ACHILLES HEEL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||64|
|2||AMERICAN JET||Libby Haworth||61|
|6||ECHOES OF HEAVEN||Mick Price||87|
|7||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||71|
|8||GLACIER KING||Peter White||58|
|9||HANDSOME AS||Roslyn Day||57|
|10||HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ)||Leigh Childs||75|
|11||IMPACT POINT||John Hickmott||68|
|12||INTEGRATION (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||62|
|13||JETER||John P Thompson||82|
|14||KING CAN SING||Shane Bottomley||52|
|16||LALLA ROOKH||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||74|
|17||PRECIOUS LORRAINE||David Hayes||84|
|18||RAFFLES KNIGHT||Danny O’Brien||66|
|20||RIGHT OF REFUSAL||Nigel Blackiston||82|
|21||ROYALTOWN ROAD||Terry Kelly||62|
|22||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||82|
|23||SKY RAIDER||Tony McEvoy||68|
|27||ZARJINA||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||64|