Caulfield-based trainer Tony Vasil has made the decision to bypass the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on October 9 with his star colt Altius in favour of a run in the 2010 Victoria Derby.
Redoute’s Choice three-year-old Altius was one of 88 Victoria Derby Nominations taken last Tuesday for the $1.5 million feature set to run at Flemington on Saturday October 30 at the first 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.
Altius is expected to start as one of the Victoria Derby favourites when odds open at SportsBet
Nominations for the other major three-year-olds classic during the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the $1 million Caulfield Guineas, were also released last week with Altius one of the most notable absentees.
Vasil will now solely focus on the Victoria Derby with Altius, also choosing not to pay up for the colt in the latest Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate declarations.
Altius, a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winners Haradasun and Elvstroem, will likely next race over 1800m this Sunday in the Listed UCI Stakes at Flemington before running in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 16 heading towards the 2,500m Derby.
In other 2010 Victoria Derby news, John Thompson’s Hussonet colt Run For Levi ran a brilliant Derby trial finishing second to Hollowlea in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Run For Levi beat home fellow Derby hopeful, the Peter Snowden-trained Bullbars, both expected to be at the top of the betting markets after the run when odds open at Sportsbet.
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