Laing Anxious for 2014 Victoria Derby Start

October 27th, 2014

Robbie Laing must wait until Wednesday to find out if either of his two nominated horses will get a start in the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).

Cuban Fighter lost the Caulfield Classic to Fontein Ruby (pictured) but will hopefully get a place on the Victory Derby field.

Cuban Fighter lost the Caulfield Classic to Fontein Ruby (pictured) but will hopefully get a place on the Victory Derby field. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The final field for this Saturday’s race will be released on Wednesday, with Laing anxiously hopeful both Cuban Fighter and The Mighty Jrod can squeeze into the 16-horse field.

With 27 nominated three-year-olds however, the chances aren’t great especially considering Cuban Fighter is 18th on the order of entry while The Mighty Jrod is 22nd.

“I’m really keen to run both horses are they are genuine stayers and this is the race they have been set for all along,” Laing told Racing Network on Monday.

“It’s hard to know whether they’ll make the field or not but I’m really hoping.

“It’s going to be a long wait until they do the fields.”

It would be a shame if neither runner made it onto the field, considering Laing is the reigning Victoria Derby winning trainer, after the now retired Polanski impressively won last year’s race by three lengths.

Cuban Fighter has yet to win a race from his seven career starts but has turned his form around this season following a runner-up finish to Savage Coup in a Sale Maiden Plate (1740m) at the beginning of October.

The colt made the field for the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) last Saturday but caught the eye when closing seventh. He was last at the 1000m, with a lot of work to do. However he managed to make up some good ground work late in the game for a good staying run.

The Mighty Jrod ran a close fourth in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) at his last start, just a shoulder off Miracle The Second and a minor placing. This followed a fast runner-up finish in the New Mornington Membership Maiden (2449m), which shows he’s got the potential to stay the distance.

However like Cuban Fighter, the gelding has no wins from his seven career starts but unlike Cuban Fighter does not have a black type race start to his name, which could see him miss out on the 2014 Victoria Derby.

Cuban Fighter is currently paying $41 in the Victoria Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au while The Mighty Jrod is available at $67.

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