Spotlight On Simon In National Derby

AUSTRALIA’s most talented juveniles will descend on Wentworth Park this Friday night for the heats of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity series'.

Adam Dobbin

14 January 2020

AUSTRALIA’s most talented juveniles will descend on Wentworth Park this Friday night for the heats of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity.

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The ten race card sees five heats of the Derby for the boys and Futurity for the girls set down for decision, the age-restricted classics steeped in tradition.

The Derby, first staged in 1963, and the Futurity, two years later in 1965, kick off a big few weeks of racing in Sydney-town, with the heats of the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder penciled in for this Saturday night.

Betting for the National Derby is headed by Victorian superstar Simon Told Helen for David Burnett, the four-time group winner heading into the series off a rip-roaring 29.88 trial at Wentworth Park on Saturday, hovering through the first split in 5.38.

The son of Barcia Bale claimed group 1 glory at his most recent start in the Silver Chief Final at The Meadows, defeating Aston Wizard, the son of Fabregas set to tackle heat three of the Derby on Friday night from box six.

Trained by Glenn Rounds, Aston Wizard capped off his Derby preparations with a gob-smacking trial at Sandown on Sunday, suggesting the talented youngster is poised to make his presence felt in the $75,000 to-the-winner series.

Other notable entries in the Derby include Silver Chief finalist Hard Style Rico and Gosford Cup favourite Hooray Zipper, well-credentialed chaser Wallbanger, promising NSW pup Ebby Infrared, while in heat four, the clash between in-form duo Fire Legend and Aston Sapporo looms as one of the more interesting of the evening.

The final Derby heat sees Here Comes Joe make his city debut, the son of Barcia Bale recording some blistering times at Goulburn to commence his career. And if the reports are right, look for him to peel off some tidy sections in the last on Friday.

For the girls, the opening National Futurity heat sees Jason Mackay’s exciting prospect Aston Maeve make her Wentworth Park debut off some spectacular Maitland performances.

Mackay – who boasts two Futurity wins (Sometime’s Speedy ‘13 and Zipping Midge ‘15) – is represented in the second heat as well with Zipping Veyron, the daughter of Black Magic Opal coming into the series in red-hot form.

Heat three will see unbeaten Victorian Aston Silk take her place from box one for Jason Thompson, while in heat five, talented NSW bitches Wild Flyer and Kamikaze Cowlick tackle Sapphire Crown finalist Aston Perignon.

It promises to be a fantastic card of racing with some hugely talented youngsters strutting their stuff.