Nikita Beriman rides Cavalero to victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The sights on emerging three-year-old Cavalero are to be raised with the group 1 autumn and winter derbies on the radar following a strong win in Red Tempo Handicap at Flemington on Monday.
Trainer Shea Eden said he had been planning a raid on the listed Tasmanian Derby over 2200 metres at Elwick on February 9, but after the gelding held off all challengers to win over 1700 metres, he said he and the owners may have a rethink.
‘’(We might) aim a bit higher,’’ Eden said after the boilover win. ‘’He’s come really quick and so that (Tasmanian Derby) may not be the right race for him.
‘’I think he’s 2000 (metres) plus. I think he’s going to get there. The Tasmanian Derby - we might have to raise the bar.
‘’This horse is getting places really quick. We don’t have to rush into it. He’s strung a couple of wins together this campaign and now he’s won a really nice race here at Flemington.’’
The Tasmanian Derby does carry listed status but with prize money of just $100,000, it is worth $20,000 less than the race Cavalero won at Flemington on Monday.
Other state derbies throughout Australia are much more lucrative in the first part of 2018. The ATC Derby in Sydney on April 9 is worth $2 million while on May 12, the SA Derby is run in Adelaide boasting a purse of $500,000.
On June 9, the Queensland Derby is the final staying classic for the year and is worth $600,000.
Eden explained the horse is well bred and was likely to have more to give in coming campaigns.
‘’He’s a half to Miss Promiscuity and we’ve got the full brother to Miss Promiscuity at home and so he’s a valuable horse for the stable so we’re well aware that the family goes really well.’’
Eden said he was certain to be getting good advice about which way to go with the progressive horse over the next few months as he was bred by Robert Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm.
‘’Rob’s been in this position plenty of times so he’ll have plenty of input I’m sure,’’ Eden said.