Buoyed by the positive comments of jockey Craig Newitt, connections of talented Tasmanian filly Derasa are contemplating a trip to Melbourne.
The Barry Campbell-trained three-year-old overcame difficulties to record her fourth win from seven starts at Mowbray on Sunday.
Despite running into a dead-end at the 200m and having to change course, Derasa almost broke the track record.
“If she hadn’t been held up, she would have slaughtered them – she probably did anyway, Newitt said.
“It wasn’t an overly strong field but the placegetters have both won six or eight races and she was a three-year-old filly carrying almost the same weight.”
Campbell is still to finalise plans for Derasa but there is a race at Moonee Valley on June 2 that looks suitable.
It’s a heat of the A R Creswick Series for three-year-olds that offers ballot-free entry into the final, a listed race, at Flemington five weeks later.
“That’s the race I’ve recommended they have a look at but obviously Barry will make the final decision,” Newitt said.
“She would have to take on the males but I’ve got no doubt she’s well up to racing at that level.
“There’s not much coming up for her in Tassie so it may be either that or a spell.”
Newitt said regardless of what Campbell and the owners decide to do in the short term, he believes Derasa has “a very bright future.”
SON OF A GUN CLAIMS DERBY
Buckle Up Vomo’s upset win in the Tasmanian Country Derby final in Devonport on Tuesday had special significance for Leith owner Robyn Johnson.
The two-year-old is from the first litter that Johnson bred by her former champion Buckle Up Wes, a winner of $550,000 and Tasmanian Hall Of Fame inductee.
“There were 12 pups in the litter, all have raced and 10 have won,” Johnson said.
“This is the best (male) dog from the litter and I’ve also got two very good females.”
Buckle Up Vomo, who started at $21, proved too slick for a quality field, scoring by more than three lengths from Bobby The Jett ($3.50) and Relevance ($34).
Birralee trainer Lynden Nichols picked up his first Country Oaks when Miss Hanigan ($3) led most of the way to beat favourite Dolly Does It ($2.75) by three lengths.
Nichols “inherited” the Fernando Bale bitch from leading trainer Mick Stringer after she had won two races and she’s won another six races since.
“She actually won here the day I got her off Mick,” Nichols recalled.
“This is definitely her best win.”