Darci No Good For 2011 Victoria Derby

September 16th, 2011

Impressive colt Darci Be Good will not run in the 2011 Victoria Derby with trainer Bede Murray sticking firm on his spring plans with the horse.

The three year old won the Spring Stakes at Newcastle yesterday but despite hitting the line strongly over the mile Murray maintains the 2500m of the Victoria Derby will come too soon.

As it stands now the horse will run in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes across 2000m at Randwick on October 1st before being spelled until next autumn.

“There have been suggestions we should start him in the Victoria Derby but it is 2500 metres and he is not ready for it,” Murray said.

“Our plan always was to run him in this race and the Spring Champion Stakes then send him to the paddock and we will not be swayed from that plan.

“He is a tall, lean horse and still immature but I am sure he will grow into himself with a good break and come back a much stronger horse.

“The AJC Derby in the autumn will be his mission next time in.

“When (jockey) Hugh Bowman ran third on him in the Ming Dynasty he came back and said he would make a mile-and-a-half (2400 metres) horse later on.”

Darci Be Good always travelled well under control of Glen boss in the Spring Stakes picking up a spot just behind the leader.

Shortly after they straightened he pushed through to lead and he proved too strong for Rekindled Alliance which ran on well late.

It was the first time Boss rode the horse and he says he looks like a good prospect leading into the Spring Champion Stakes.

“Hugh couldn’t ride him in the Spring Champion Stakes and Glen’s manager was chasing the ride so we decided to put him on in both races,” Murray said.

Wednesday’s edition was the second Spring Stakes success for Murray.

The competition will no doubt be glad to hear Darci Be Good won’t contest the 2011 Victoria Derby given he’s won twice from three runs since returning this prep.