Shootoff Eyes Off 2010 Victoria Derby

July 7th, 2010

Connections of rising gelding Shootoff have this spring’s prestigious Victoria Derby pencilled in as the main target for the promising young runner.

Shootoff, a son of Duelled, showed real potential last start when the two-year-old claimed a classy three-quarter length victory in the Chifley Handicap (1550m) at Kensington, Randwick.

His Randwick-based trainer Graeme Rogerson is now looking towards the riches of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival for Shootoff’s spring campaign.

The breakthrough victory at Randwick was Shootoff’s maiden win in his three career starts, and also the first victory credited to his sire Duelled.

Rogerson is now hopeful of their Victoria Derby prospects at the end of the year after he prepared Duelled for the 2005 Derby, where he ran a gallant second to Benicio.

Bets are on that Shootoff, purchased for $35,000 at the Ready To Run Sale at Karaka, can do one better than his sire in the 2010 Victoria Derby.

Shootoff will next contest a 1600m juvenile’s race at Warwick Farm on July 14 before moving onto Sydney spring features including the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill and the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in October.

Then, all going to plan, Shootoff will travel down to Victoria for the Melbourne Cup Carnival and Victoria Derby held on October 30.

The $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) is the feature three-year-olds race of the Flemington Cup Carnival, held on the opening meeting on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.