Day At The Track

Chris Robinson needs luck in Victorian Derby

01:17 AM 01 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson

A back row draw has made it extremely tough for the Chris Robinson trained Major Post in Saturday night's harness racing Victoria Derby at Tabcorp Melton.

The son of Art Major was too strong in a Derby heat last Friday night after beginning quickly off the front line but will have to overcome barrier 12 this week.

"It makes it a lot tougher race to win off the second row but then again it takes the pressure off a bit too," Robinson said.

"We are just going to need them to run the race upside down so that the front runners get tired and those at the back can swoop late, the draw is actually quite interesting because the two favourites have both drawn the second line as well so it is not going to be your typical derby."

Robinson is very pleased with the gelding's condition and is confident he has him ready to run the race of his career.

"He was second up last week but he had a pretty easy run in transit and it didn't knock him around at all. He has eaten really well since and I couldn't have him any better."

"I wasn't really sure whether I would go down to Victoria and compete in the Derby heats because I didn't think Major Post was ready for it, he has shown plenty of ability but he is still growing physically and mentally and in the end it was Blake Fitzpatrick who convinced me to nominate him."

Major Post won three races as a two year old including a Breeders Challenge Regional Final at Parkes and Robinson admits the horse showed ability from a very young age.

"Rickie Alchin broke him in for me and he told me that he was the best of the 40 he broke in that season so I always thought that we were going to have some fun with him."

"He is eligible for most of the feature races so after the Victoria Derby I might sit down and concentrate on aiming him at one or two of them and see how he goes."

Dale Walker


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