Promising sprinter Sergio looks to only need an ounce of luck in order to take the Coca-Cola S.A Derby final this Thursday Night at Angle Park. After butchering his rivals with a 29.69sec semi-final win last week, the Collsion-Tarawi Tess pup will start a deserving favourite for the Group 3 Classic. Having been victorious in six of his seven career starts for trainer Kelvyn Greenough, Sergio looks to have a bright future for owner Lorraine Atchison and looks very hard to beat.
But the Wheeler family are making plans of their own to take the $21,000 first prize, having four runners making through to the final. Dyna Forte, owned by Brendon Wheeler looks to have the best chance, having once again drawn the coveted red alley. Having already won 13 races, Dyna Forte definitely has the ability to be competitive at this level, though a 30.17sec PB would need to be improved sharply.
Paul Wheeler’s duo of Blitzem Bale and Dentax Bale will be looking to barge through the pack, having drawn boxes four and five respectively. With both chasers doing their best work late, they could feature heavily if they can stay out of trouble in the early stages. Dentax Bale particularly has already shown his class by taking a group race in NSW, winning the Winter Stake earlier in the year
Making up the fourth of the family’s contenders is Joshua Allen for Janice Wheeler. Already having made the S.A Puppy Championship final under the guidance of trainer Steve Collins, the extra track knowledge may come in handy having drawn the outside alley this time around.
Verity Cotton’s runner, Tomic, has come up with box six this week after overcoming box four in the semis. With a good best time (29.72sec), coincidentally from box six, and a good strike rate at the track, he looks to have a real chance at toppling the favourite.
Finding the line strongly behind Tomic last week was Mick The Mozz. His cause will not be aided by box seven, however, and will most likely find the class rise a bit much.
The Shaun Matcott trained chaser, Beer Time, rounds out the field. Having drawn box two, Beer Time should be able to find the rails, but does look to be outclassed. Nevertheless, being the only local runner to have made the final, the trackside patrons will be doing there best to cheer him on, along with proud owner, Karen Bearpark.
The S.A Derby has been won by some great chasers over recent years, with multiple group race performer, Turanza Bale winning the 2008 final. Merciless Lu was the 2007 victor and Big Time Max put the writing on the wall in 2006 by taking the Derby before returning to claim the Group 1 Adelaide Cup.