Swear Can Stay The Victoria Derby Trip
Connections Confident Can Stay The Trip As Barriers Are Drawn
Connections of the Team Hawkes-trained Swear (Redoute’s Choice) are confident that he will see out the Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) distance at Flemington on Saturday.
The colt finished runner-up to Yankee Rose (All American) in the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at his last start on 8 October, beaten half a length having rallied in the closing stages to regain second place from Prized Icon (More Than Ready).
Swear is rated a $10 chance for the Victoria Derby with CrownBet having drawn barrier ten, and he will once again be partnered by Tommy Berry, who was in the saddle for the Spring Champion Stakes.
Garry Cuddy of owners Spendthrift Australia, who paid $725,000 for the son of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 2015, told ANZ Bloodstock News that he did not envisage the step up in trip causing Swear any problems.
“He’s shown already that he is a horse who is going to progress and should run the trip, although he still has to go out there and do it,” Cuddy said.
“You never know until you try, but whatever happens he won’t go down without a fight. As we saw the other day (in the Spring Champion Stakes), once Yankee Rose and Prized Icon went past him, he fought back and in the end he caught Prized Icon for second in the last 50 metres.
“We’re confident we’ve got a horse who will run the trip, but we’ve just got to wait and see.”
Swear provided his owners with their first stakes winner in Australia when taking out the Ming Dynasty Quality (Gr 3, 1400m) first up this preparation, and Cuddy said it was a thrill to have a runner in a race with the stature of the Victoria Derby.