Globe Derby Preview, Saturday 9th June 2018
Talented three-year-old filly The Shooting Star faces her toughest test in Saturday night’s DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park.
Trained by Les Harding, and to be driven by Danielle Hill, The Shooting Star has won her past two starts but has gate five on Saturday night.
Harding said the barrier draw made it tough for the three-year-old filly which is continuing to improve.
“Owner Merv Butterworth gave her a good break after she came over to Australia from New Zealand,” Harding said.
“When she was first up for me, the filly hadn’t raced for about a year and she is getting fitter with racing.
“While she has led in two of her three runs in South Australia, I believe she might even be better taking a sit, so it will be up to Dani to try and get a good run.
“It is a strong race so I’m not sure she would be able to sit parked and win and from gate one Don’t Tell William looks the likely leader. He is a nice horse and looks a strong chance.
“Bobbies Delight and Clarenden Valour are others going well but I’m sure The Shooting Star can figure in the finish with a good run.”
Harding also hopes The Dali Express can measure up in the Lion Pty Ltd Pace (1800m).
“Barrier eight is not a good draw for this horse as he loves being in the running line.
“Ideal World was too good for him last start and looks the one to beat again on Saturday.
“If there is a really strong tempo and Dani can get The Dali Express into the running line, he will run home strongly.”
Trainer Aaron Bain confirmed Ideal World might be heading to Queensland if he continues to hold his form.
“There are three racings in Brisbane, starting with the Premiers Cup, which make good appeal,” Bain said.
“However, he needs to show he is worthy of the trip and we have to be able to organise the logistics of campaigning there for a month.
“I am really happy with Ideal World’s development and his effort to sit parked and win last start was outstanding – it was a top drive by Ken (Ken Rogers).
“The good thing about Ideal World is his versatility, he can lead, sit parked or even come from back in the field.”
Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt looks to have two good chances in the UBET Claiming Pace (1800m).
He has Faithful Jet, to be driven by Michael Smith from gate one, and last-start winner Crazy Dave, with Wayne Hill in the sulky, from gate two.
Faithful Jet, owned by Rebecca Guerds, could be a value chance.
He has been trapped wide in recent races but has the pace to take advantage of gate one and should be prominent for a long way.
As usual, it will be a competitive claimer with Floyd Mayweather look a good chance despite drawing gate seven while the second-row runners – Whata Escape and Saab Magic – also look each-way hopes.
Read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts at trotsguide.com.au where he offers comments, markets and selections for the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting.