Cocky Raider could be a roughie to watch ahead of the 2011 Victoria Derby as he returns to the track following an interesting two year old career.
He was never quite up with the top class horses during his juvenile career however his racing style and build give a strong indication that he’ll offer plenty more in the future.
Cocky Raider debuted at Kembla Grange in November of last year, winning by a good margin and sealing his spot as a metro runner.
After that he went to Rosehill where he wasn’t quite there though and he went back out to the paddock to start a fresh in 2011.
His first up run of the year came in April where he pushed Do You Think to within a length in the Baillieu Stakes as a massive $26 outsider.
After that it was off to the Fernhill Stakes at Randwick, that too returning a second placed finish just over a length behind Darci Be Good.
He struggled after that in the Champagne Stakes before returning back to Rosehill to finish his campaign with yet another second placed run, this time behind Nobby Snip.
While he’s only had the one win in his career running second behind the likes of Do You Think and Darci Be Good are a great indication of what may await.
All reports are that he’s a noticeable bigger and stronger horse as a three year old and we’ll see just how good he is this Saturday.
Cocky Raider will return in the Ming Dynasty Quality at Warwick Farm across 1400m.
He faces a field of 13 including the likes of Darci Be Good, Fontelina and Sangster.
It will be a real yard stick on whether he’s a genuine Victoria Derby chance in 2011 and he’ll need to be competitive in this race even if it is a first up run.
Corey Brown will ride Cocky Raider this weekend for David Payne and he’s cautiously optimistic about what may await him in the spring.
”He is on his way to the Spring Champion and Victoria Derby and it is the right race for him to start,” Payne said.
”He was a bit immature as a two-year-old and I always thought he would make a stayer, and now we will find out.”