Malandrino heading to Adelaide

Cambridge trainer Murray Baker (pictured) has confirmed a tilt at the Group I $A500,000 Centrebet South Australian Derby for his highly promising three-year-old Malandrino.

Following an impressive last-start win in the Group III Higgins Manawatu Classic, Malandrino was being considered a late entrant for the AJC Derby in Sydney, but Baker believes the Adelaide option is more
suitable.

“He wasn’t seasoned enough to be ready for the AJC Derby,” said Baker. “He’s better off going to Adelaide. He can have a leadup run there.”

Malandrino is booked to be flown to Adelaide on April 18 and will make his Australian debut at  Morphettville 10 days later in the Group III $A115,000 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m).

“It’s the same race I ran The Phantom in years ago,” recalled Baker. “He was third in that then second to Sea Brigand in the South Australian Derby.”

Baker has enjoyed success in Adelaide with Dowry winning the South Australian Oaks seven years ago.

This year’s Centrebet South Australian Derby (2500m) will be run on May 5 and  Baker has yet to confirm a rider for Malandrino in his Australian campaign.

Malandrino has won three of his seven starts and been runner-up on two occasions. His last win completed a double, the son of Darci Brahma having scored at Waipa previously.

Meanwhile Baker is confident of a bold effort from Lady Kipling in tomorrow’s Group I $200,000 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.

Lady Kipling ran on late for fifth behind Scarlett Lady and Veyron in the Group I Lindauer NZ Stakes at Ellerslie last start and will have a change of rider this weekend with Matt Cameron taking the mount.