Sport Racing Complacent, Savvy Nature drift after Derby barrier draw

Complacent, Savvy Nature drift after Derby barrier draw

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Victoria Derby favourites Complacent and Savvy Nature have drifted slightly in betting after drawing wide for Saturday’s $1.5 million classic at Flemington.

Complacent was handed gate 16 and Savvy Nature 13 at Wednesday’s barrier draw, but both will come in two spots if the emergencies fail to gain a start.

Prior to the draw both horses were listed as $4.20 joint favourites, but Savvy Nature now holds favouritism at $4.60 ahead of Complacent at $4.80.

Trainer John O’Shea said he was hoping for a draw inside eight for Savvy Nature so he would not have to drift too far back in running.

“The key to this race is there’s a long tail, so we wouldn’t want to be getting too far back,” O’Shea said of Saturday’s Moonee Valley Vase winner.

Complacent, who races closer to the pace, appears more awkwardly placed from the draw in his bid to add another Group One to his victory in the Spring Champion Stakes earlier this month.

The big movers in the market following the draw were Polanski (1) and San Diego (6) and are joint third favourites at $8.

Polanski’s trainer Robbie Laing says he is excited about the chances of Polanski following his strong effort to win the Norman Robinson Stakes.

“I’m trying to keep a lid on it, but the horse is very, very well,” he said.

The Derby is the main event on Saturday’s nine-race card at Flemington, which also features the running of the Mackinnon Stakes, Coolmore Stud Stakes and the Myer Stakes.


1CriterionD. PayneC. Williams14
2ComplacentP. SnowdenK. McEvoy16
3Savvy NatureJ. O’SheaJ. McDonald13
4PolanskiR. LaingH. Bowman1
5DragoA. CummingsD. Oliver18
6San DiegoP. SnowdenS. Arnold6
7Honey Steel’s GoldD. HayesL. Nolen2
8Tips and BeersD. HayesB. Prebble11
9Epic SagaM. Ellerton & S.ZahraC. Symons17
10Tupac AmaruP. SnowdenC. Newitt12
11Pinstripe LaneJ. SadlerN. Rawiller3
12Throw the KingJ. SadlerT. Sadler5
13Thunder FantasyA. CummingsP. Robi7
14Surging WaveD. HayesN. Hall15
15FamechonM. MoroneyD. Dunn4
16Royal DescentK. KeysG. Boss12
17 (Em)Cadillac MountainP. MoodyD. Stackhouse
18 (Em)Empire RockD. HayesD. Moor