NT Derby Day preview and expert selections for Fannie Bay, Darwin

Race 1

Tricky race to start the day with the Gary Clarke-trained pair Captain Hedderwick and Count Of Essex dominating betting but it’s hard to get enthused at the current quotes on offer.

Looking for value leads to the Dick Leech-trained Safety Dance, although well beaten when placed here behind Syncline in 0-76 grade over 1200m he is expected ridden aggressively here and possibly find the front. Out to the mile he is capable of running them into the ground.

Tips: 2 – 3 – 1

Race 2

The Auditor gave them a spanking in 0-58 grade recently when he led throughout but goes around a $2.50 chance here.

He is certainly not the type you want to be taking that price about however.

One again looking for value and provided the Heather Lehmann-trained Rikibobby can utilise the rails draw and tack on to the back of the speed he is capable of causing an upset at the double figure odds currently on offer.

The Trooper is no world-beater but can be placed in a race of this nature.

Tips: 6 – 9 – 3

Race 3

Territory sprint star The Captain is the headline act on Derby Day on Saturday.

Despite having his colours lowered over the Alice Springs carnival we are now back on his patch at WFA conditions and the rising nine-year-old will find the front and will take a power of catching.

Eight wins and a second from nine starts at WFA conditions at Fannie Bay says it all.

With as much as $5 seen early in betting, you write him off at your own peril.

The Captain winning at Fannie Bay. Picture Caroline CamilleriSource:Supplied

All Cylinders was well supported when an honest third behind Eastwood first-up in Darwin. Under the watchful eye of local trainer Chris Nash, who is overseeing his progress in the Top End on behalf of Peter Robl, you can expect him be right amongst it late.

Eastwood is a class act and you know he will be storming home in the shadows.

Tips: 5 – 1 – 2

Race 4

The Phil Cole stable certainly wanted this race to stand up and that it did with the former South Australian jockey strapping up four of the five runners.

Mini Boom is four from four at Fannie Bay and is well into the red to continue his unbeaten run ($1.75).

Tactics will play a part here with expected early pressure from Vunivalu and Our Luca it may be wise for Mini Boom to take a sit and let these two do the work in front.

Vunivalu at his best is capable of finding the front and upstaging his more fancied stablemate.

Tips: 2 – 3 – 1

Race 5

A strong early push for the Gary Lefoe-trained Wild Rover and we have been left with not much meat on the bone at around even money.

The Pakenham synthetic maiden victory over subsequent winner Distant Lover looks good form for this and track watchers advise this three-year-old trailed well here earlier in the week.

The stable is having a great run of late and have plenty of arsenal this Carnival and you can expect this one to be winning.

The Mont could hold the front so he becomes a place prospect and Must Be Moet can feature with an anticipated soft run in transit.

Tips: 3 – 7 – 8

Race 6

Not the strongest edition of the Buntine with the winner being exempt form ballot in the $200,000 Darwin Cup on August 2.

Lord Smedley scored a remarkable win three starts ago when he gunned down Masterati from a mile back over 1300m, he followed that with a sound second behind Faolan and was far from disgraced in the Chief Minister’s Cup last Saturday beaten six lengths behind Highly Decorated. That looks the right form line.

He Excels is one paced but may find front here and he can give a real sight in a race that has many question marks.

Skaldak looks next best and Lotion could feature if a few of these fail to get the trip.

Tips: 2 – 1 – 6

Race 7

The Guineas field re-assemble to go into battle again this time over the Derby trip of 2050m.

The Neil Dyer-trained Teng Hui Feng Li was the eye-catcher from the Guineas where he was under pressure throughout and sprouted wings late to just fail to grab Trident.

The steady support for this son of Dundeel in early betting this week adds confidence that he is the one most likely to appreciate this trip

Trident was game in his Guineas win and will be looking to keep the $100,000 Ladbrokes Triple Crown alive with victory here.

There is no reason to suggest he won’t be in the finish again.

Casino Seventeen commands respect on what we saw him achieve in Adelaide over their carnival, with an economical run on-speed he is right in this race.

Tips: 10 – 11 -1

BEST BET: Race 7 No.10 Teng Hui Feng Li

BEST EACH-WAY: Race 2 No.6 Rikkibobby

BEST ROUGHIE: Race 5 No.7 The Mont


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