King Denny may have been beaten by his former stablemate Twentyten in last week’s Sires Stakes Championship but the All Stars team are confident that NZ Trotting Derby winner can once again turn the tables on him in the $80,000 Breckon Farms Trotting Derby at Alexandra Park on Friday.
”Dad (Mark Purdon) had someone go over him after last week and he was found to be really sore so he has had a lot of work done on him and seems back on track for this week,” advised Nathan Purdon.
King Denny’s shot at dual Derby glory has been made a lot easier by the defection of Majestic Time, who was scratched from the Group One feature this morning after she failed to handle the Alexandra Park track last week.
“She didn’t handle Alexandra Park right-handed track last week but she will be at the Jewels were the track will suit her a lot better,” trainer Michael Ward told HRNZ’S Michael Guerin.
King Denny has been installed as a $3 favourite for the Derby by NZ TAB Bookmakers, while One Over Da Moon, who will race with a new bit and a pole on the outside on Friday, is the $3.20 second favourite.
The Trotting Derby is just of six feature races the All Stars team will contest over the weekend.
“Linda Lovegrace, Border Control, and Alta Orlando also look to have good chances in their respective features so with a bit of luck it could be a very good week,” said Purdon Jnr.
By Mitchell Robertson