Top stable’s Derby candidates on show

Jon Snow will be looking for a change of luck at Ellerslie on Sunday after having no joy last time.

Jon Snow will be looking for a change of luck at Ellerslie on Sunday after having no joy last time.

Two of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s leading Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby chances will showcase their wares at Ellerslie on Sunday. 

Last-start Gr.1 Levin Classic-placed Jon Snow contests the NZB Insurance 3YO Mile, while Camino Rocoso tackles the Henley Park 1600, a special conditions maiden.

“We’re just hoping Jon Snow has a bit of luck this time,” said Baker. “We’re happy enough with him. He could be looking more for a middle distance now.

“Camino Rocoso has been going really well. He’s a half-brother to [Turnbull Stakes and BMW winner] Littorio and he may yet back up in the Waikato Guineas.”

Meanwhile, Group-placed galloper Get That Jive will not race again this season, according to Baker.

Stakes-placed at two, three and four, Get That Jive hasn’t raced since his ninth placing in the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe last November, having earlier run a close second in the Gr.3 Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.

“He’s injured and out until next season,” said Baker.

  • NZ Racing Desk