Day At The Track

Braun considering Tas Derby with Oaks winner

12:46 PM 16 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Dean Braun

Connections of promising youngster Sudden Change will make a decision today on whether to extend the filly’s stay in Tasmania.

A stylish winner of last night’s Tasmania Oaks in Hobart, the crew are contemplating tackling the ‘boys’ in Sunday’s Derby at the same venue.

Trainer Dean Braun explained a start in the Blue Riband will depend on Sudden Change’s recovery.

“We targeted the Oaks as soon as we bought her, but now we may stay in Tassie for the Derby,” Braun declared.

“It all depends on how she pulls up, but having checked her this morning, she seems as bright as a button.

“Nominations don’t close until tomorrow morning, so I will make a decision about dinner time.”

Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, Sudden Change was given time to settle into her stride from barrier six as local favourite, Fiscienne, led from five.

Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the daughter of Changeover dashed to the lead, with the remainder of the classic a formality.

Never seriously challenged, Sudden Change completed a two-metre win from Grand Anse, with Macfire 19 metres away third.

“She only did what she had to, but that’s also the way Gavin drives them,” Braun said. “He never pushes them around and gets them home the easiest possible way.

“I’m very happy with her progress since she got her and think she can compete against the better ones of her age.”

Rating 2:03.6 for the 2579-metre journey, Sudden Change extended her record to two wins and a second from five starts since crossing the Tasman.

The three-year-old’s win also provided Braun with his second Oaks triumph, having captured the 2013 edition with Itz Nosurprisesthere.

  • PAUL COURTS

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