Show The World avenges last-start defeat

The Show The World camp turned the stables on Cambridge trainers Jeff McVean and Emma-Lee Browne in the Gr. 2 $100,000 The Sound Championship Stakes at Ellerslie yesterday.

Show The World had been beaten by the McVean and Browne-trained Nigelissima in the Listed Jester Pies Championship Stakes Prelude at Ellerslie on December 15, but yesterday he held out Nigelissima’s stablemate Blizzard to take the better prize.

It was a close call with just a long head separating the pair and the run of Blizzard was full of merit as he charged home down the outside, looking every bit a definite Gr. 1 TV3 NZ Derby prospect.

Show The World is also entered for the $750,000 NZ Derby on March 1, but after his winning performance yesterday co-trainer Murray Baker is leaning more towards an even richer goal, the Gr. 1 A$2 million Australian Derby at Randwick on April 12.

“You can’t run in both,” said Baker. “I really like this horse. He’s going to make it and with this win he’ll get in the Australian Derby. It’s worth two million dollars so it’s worth having a look at.”

Baker has had five runners in the Australian Derby for two winners (Nom du Jeu in 2008 and Dundeel last year) and a second with Harris Tweed, who chased Roman Emperor home in the 2009 running of the event.

“This horse reminds me a lot of Harris Tweed,” said Baker. “Harris Tweed won the Tulloch Stakes before he ran second in the Derby and he went on to win $1.7 million. He was one of the better stayers but he was more of a grinder than this horse. Show The World has a bit more acceleration.”

Show The World has shown his trainers talent from the outset and was an impressive second-up winner at Te Aroha over 1600 metres.

“He’s bred on the same cross as the good one, Dundeel,” said Baker. “He’s going to make the grade but he’s got a bit to learn.”

Show The World settled midfield on the fence yesterday and when Fast Dragon slipped clear turning for home rider Opie Bosson angled him out into the clear. He had no trouble grabbing Fast Dragon, but then had to withstand strong challenges from Blizzard and High Tower.

“When we got to Fast Dragon I thought he would run away with it,” said Bosson. “He switched off the last bit. We probably got there too soon.”

Show The World will now be given a spell of a couple of weeks. “There’s not much time to get him up again for the Derby here so it makes more sense to look at Sydney,” said Baker. “I’ll have to talk it over with the owners.”

Show The World is owned by breeder Lorna Moore in partnership with her husband, Gary, and is a son of Bazelle, whose highlights also came at Ellerslie when winning the Auckland Cup and Zabeel Classic.

“His mother liked Ellerslie and I think a bit of it has rubbed off on him,” said Lorna Moore. “It’s a bit special to win a Group Two in his fourth start.”