Up and coming: Regan Bayliss on board Derryn. Photo: Vince CaligiuriDavid Hayes and his team have worked out a way to split their three-year-old riches and decided Derryn is the right option for the Golden Rose in Sydney.
Derryn comes up for Saturday’s Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick looking to earn a shot at the Golden Rose, while Blue Diamond placegetter Zamzam returns at Moonee Valley, along with Dam Ready in the McKenzie Stakes.
“He is the one for the Golden Rose. Zamzam will probably stay here and target the Thousand Guineas. She was a victim of the big wet in Sydney last time in,” Haynes said.
“Derryn is a very good horse and he is up there for the Golden Rose because he is our best option at that trip [of 1400m]. [Victoria] Sires winner Seaburge will be back next week but he’s my [Caulfield] Guineas horse.
“We have a good team and we just want to get them in their right races.”
Derryn has been doing his fast work the Sydney way since a devastating return to racing on the final Saturday of last season at Caulfield. The clock told a remarkable story from the win over 1000m, where the Hinchinbrook colt came from last.
Daily Sectionals got him running his final 800m more than 1.6 seconds faster than any other horse for the afternoon. His final 600m was more than a second quicker than the others and his final 400m and 200m outshone them all.
“It was a run that rated through the roof,” Hayes said. “It was a starting point and he is only going to get better as he steps up in distance.
“His figures were better than Lord Of The Sky and Fast ‘N’ Rocking on the day and they are very good group sprinters.
“We wanted him to have a look at the Sydney way before the Golden Rose and we chose this race a long way out.
“He needs to get money to make sure he gets a run in the Rose, so he needs to win.”
Caulfield was only Derryn’s second run after he finished down the track on debut before being spelled but Hayes and his training partners Tom Dabernig and son Ben were always confident he would measure up.
“He was shin sore after that first run, so we were patient. You got to see what he can do at Caulfield,” Hayes said. “He has been very comfortable on his Sydney leg when we have worked him on it but you want to see what they do on raceday.”
There will be further interest for team Hayes at Moonee Valley as import Pilote D’Essai is set to start a short priced favourite at the beginning of a preparation toward the big mile races later in the spring.
“He might be a light weight Epsom chance but the Emirates is certainly there for him as well. He is another interesting horse for us on Saturday,” Hayes said.
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