Falling agonisingly close on no fewer than three occasions in recent history, trainer Ken Keys is arguably offered his best chance of breaking through for a maiden South Australian Derby (2500m) and resulting Group 1 title this weekend with talented stayer Bring Something.
Aiming for a third consecutive race win when lining up at Morphettville this weekend, Keys said that Bring Something is not close to a sure thing, but is in with a red-hot chance.
“He’s the best chance I’ve taken to this race. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but you live in hope” Keys told AAP.
“I’ve never had a Group 1 winner.
“I’ve run second in this Derby, I’ve run third in the Derby. I ran fifth last year in the Derby; I must be nearly due.”
Unlucky to saddle Empire Gold to second by a nose in the 2006 edition of the South Australian Derby, rank outsider Lester Thunderwing nearly caused one of the country’s biggest boilovers when charging from the rear of the field to claim third in a fanning finish in 2010; Like A Carousel finishing fifth last year.
Securing two wins and one place from only 10 races starts so far, Bring Something has undoubtedly hit career-best form over his current preparation; returning to racing with an impressive turn of foot to finish sixth in the well-contested Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) on February 8th before running on to claim fifth amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on February 22nd.
Allocated the relatively wide and awkward barrier 14, Bring Something is currently featured as outright second favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 SA Derby at short $4.80 odds.
Strolling home to win the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) last time out, Order Of The Sun is outright $4 favourite for the 2014 South Australian Derby crown.
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