Derby challenge could double

Predator, who makes his Australian debut today. (Photo: Race Images).

Predator, who makes his Australian debut today. (Photo: Race Images).

Trent Busuttin and Natalie You may have two Gr.1 Australian Derby contenders after today’s Rosehill meeting.

Victory from Predator in the Gr. 2 Tulloch Stakes would most likely see him join Tavago in the $A2 million April 2 feature at Randwick.

“He’ll definitely run well,” said Busuttin. “We’ll find out a bit more about the horse on Saturday. If he won it would be hard not to pay the late entrance fee into the Derby.”

Predator ran seventh in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby while Tavago, who will travel to Sydney next week, finished sixth.

Meanwhile, in-form Cambridge mare Chenille will have two more starts this preparation.

The daughter of Pentire has posted impressive wins at Ellerslie and Matamata at her last two starts and has not finished out of the placings this campaign.

“She’ll be going to the Awapuni Gold Cup on Saturday week,” said trainer Tony Pike. “She’ll probably have two more runs this preparation. The Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup is also a likely target.”

Pike, who bred and races the mare with his parents Wayne and Vicki, believes the four-year-old mare will make into an even better stayer next season. “This time next year you will see her in most of the Cups races,” he said.