Morris has options in Oaks and Derby heats

01:35 PM 19 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Robbie Morris
Robbie Morris

Menangle driver Robbie Morris will be attempting to qualify runners in both the NSW Oaks and Derby in Saturday night's heats at Tabcorp Park. Morris will drive Gr. 1 winning filly Distant Memory in the second of the Oaks heats and believes she has the ability to qualify for the rich final.

"Distant Memory is a very smart filly, she was sent to Kerryann (Turner) because she isn't the soundest and because of the facilities that we have available too," Morris said.

"The owners didn't want her standing on a float for four hours each way either every time she came to Sydney so a decision was made, she won first up last week and her run was good without being great."

Morris expects her to continue to improve as she gets further into her campaign.

"She's going to take a couple of runs before we see the best of her but the draw means she should end up in a pretty good spot and with a bit of luck I think she will finish in the top five and qualify for the final."

"I am driving Regaltive in the other Oaks heat, she has done a great job since joining the stable, she over raced at Junee two runs ago but I think she is a good chance of qualifying as well."

Iam Mr Brightside was back in winning form at Newcastle last Friday night after failing to make the Victoria Derby but will compete in the NSW Derby heats this Saturday.

"He felt super at Newcastle last week, a few things went against him at Melton, it was very hot and he hadn't travelled before and I used him off the gate and he got pulling which brought about his undoing."

"He has been freshened up and while I know he isn't the best horse in the Derby heats he is the sort of horse that can bob up and win it and he proved that he can mix it with the best when he won the Simpson Memorial."

By Grey Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales

 

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