Wertheimer (Image: Racing Photos)
Natalie Young is hoping this year's AAMI Victoria Derby turns into a true staying test.
Young, who trains in partnership with Trent Busuttin, will saddle up two runners in Saturday's Group 1 and they are at different ends of the betting.
Albarado, to be ridden by Mark Zahra from barrier eight, is a $7 chance in the market, while Wertheimer, who will be partnered by Hugh Bowman from barrier 6, is a $35 chance.
Young said tempo would be crucial for the three-year-olds, who are set to tackle 2500m.
"On paper there doesn't look like there is going to be a lot of speed in the race. I hope something can make it a genuine 2500-metre staying test, rather than a walk and a sprint home like some of the staying races have been lately," Young said.
"You get them up to the 2500m, they're trained for the 2500m and when they walk … it just takes the gloss out of the race I reckon.
"I'd rather have a good, genuine tempo and it's a survival of the fittest and the toughest."
Young said she couldn't fault her pair of stayers, adding Wertheimer may be slightly flying under the radar.
"I know Wertheimer is going in with not the greatest form, but I think his runs have a bit more merit than they look," she said.
"He's come back from Sydney and trained on really nicely so far. He's had a nice gallop on Tuesday and had a little run up (Thursday) morning and pulled my arms out, actually.
"It would be nice, we've got a good jockey, got a nice gate for him."
Young said Albarado had the runs on the board against his rivals, having won the Norman Robinson ahead of Let's Karaka Deel and Hit The Shot. He also finished third behind Young Werther in the Super Impose.
"He has got that win in the good lead-up race going into it. A lot of those horses that are paying a little bit less than him, he's beaten them already," she said.
"It's always a question mark whether they get the 2500m, but the fact he is by the right sire in Savabeel, I don't think it will be a problem.
"Zahra knows him and he's got a nice draw so I think he will be going into it in top shape."
Meanwhile the stable will saddle up Sierra Sue ($9.50) in The Golden Eagle.
With Sierra Sue drawn in barrier one for Nash Rawiller, Young doesn't think the predicted Heavy track will bother her.
"I cant fault her. It's obviously a very strong race … there's plenty in there to worry about," she said.
"We've got a nice gate, Nash Rawiller is one of the best jockeys in the country. She should get a nice trip on the rail there.
"She's won two on a Soft track, she is a Darci Brahma and from previous experience they do get through the track. But it might take the explosive turn of foot off her if it does (become Heavy)."