Caulfield-based Tony Vasil has assigned his improving three-year-old Altius the 2010 Victoria Derby as their prime spring mission after the colt ran an eye-catching second at Flemington on Saturday.
A promising son of Redoute’s Choice, Altius finished a little over a length away from Hollowlea in the Hendry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
It was Altius’s first look at the famous Flemington track which is home to the $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) on October 30 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Previously unbeaten at his other two career starts, the consistency of Altius has Vasil looking towards the 2010 Victoria Derby, the richest three-year-olds classic during the spring.
Altius is a half-brother to turf stars Haradasun and 2003 Victoria Derby winner Elvstroem, both also trained by Vasil.
Showing an exhilarating late burst of speed to make up ground and finish hard on the line on Saturday, Altius is sure to improve with a harder ground and is displaying all the attributes of an up-and-coming stayer to watch this spring.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver has been aboard Altius for all three of his starts and is reportedly impressed with the colt’s performances.
Nominations for the AAMI Victoria Derby will close on Tuesday September 21, with other classy three-year-olds also on target for a run in the race including the Peter Moody-trained Anacheeva, Daivd Payne’s colt Praecido and Makbye Diva foal Rockstardom.
The 2010 Victoria Derby is the prime attraction of the opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and provides one of the most exciting betting markets of the spring.
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