Dundeel on Derby trail again

Dundeel will begin another Derby mission in Australia next week.

The Cambridge three-year-old, who races across the Tasman as It’s A Dundeel, is being set for a tilt at the $A1.5 million David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 13.

“He’s had a six-week spell and been back in work for about that long,” said co-trainer Murray Baker. “He’ll be flown to Sydney early next week and run in a trial at Warwick Farm the following Friday.”

Dundeel went from winning his juvenile debut at Ellerslie in his sole New Zealand race to stretching his winning sequence to five in Australia before suffering his first defeat when second in the Group II Mitchelton Wines Vase at Moonee Valley. He then went on to finish seventh in the Gr.1 AAMI Victoria Derby.

“The plan is to run him in a three-year-old 1400 metres and on to the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas before the Derby,” said Baker. “I’m happy with the way he’s coming up.”

Baker and his training partner, Andrew Forsman, have also pencilled-in stablemates Lady Kipling, Diademe and Thunderbird One as possible Sydney campaigners. The trio have been nominated for the Group I $2 million Doncaster Handicap on April 20.

“It’s early days yet and we’ll just see what happens,” said Baker. “Lady Kipling could go over for the Coolmore Classic before then.”

Meanwhile Lady Kipling will attempt to add a Group One win to her tally when she competes in the Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

A last-start runner-up to Historian in the Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile, Lady Kipling will be ridden by Matt Cameron.