Peter Moody’s improving colt Eclair Surprise will target the 2010 Victoria Derby this Melbourne Cup Carnival following the three-year-olds comprehensive win at Flemington over the weekend.
Eclair Surprise is out to emulate his sire Blackfriars, who won the 1999 Victoria Derby after taking out the UCI Stakes, the same race Eclair Surprise claimed victory in on Sunday.
Eclair Surprise has now moved up the Victoria Derby betting markets at SportsBet while previous favourite Altius has drifted out in the odds
Having just his third career start, lightly-raced colt Eclair Surprise ($13) enjoyed the step up to 1800m in the $150,000 Listed UCI Stakes on Sunday, storming home in a brilliant last-to-first victory to win by a length over Almindoro ($51) with Makybe Diva’s half-brother Shadowofexcellence ($18) a further half length away third.
The hot favourite Altius, also heading towards the $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) on October 30, finished out of the money in fifth.
A post-race report on the Tony Vasil-trained Altius revealed the Redoute’s Choice colt to have “abnormal respiratory noise,” leaving his Derby campaign in doubt.
Before Sunday, Altius was the $5.50 favourite in the early 2010 Victoria Derby betting markets at Sportsbet.
After the race Moody stated the AAMI Victoria Derby was now the main spring aim for Eclair Surprise.
“He’s by a Derby winner in Blackfriars, so that always indicated that he was going to run a trip,” Moody said.
The next step for Eclair Surprise will be the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield on October 16, where he will meet with Altius again, before returning to Flemington for the Derby.
Last year the Mark Kavanagh-trained Shamoline Warrior completed the UCI Stakes – Norman Robinson Stakes as Eclair Surprise will attempt to do in a fortnight.
Still green with lots to learn Eclair Surprise, purchased for $65,000 in last year’s Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, has shown plenty of promise having won two of his three career starts for just under $100,000 in prize money.
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