Explosive Jack favorite for Queensland derby
South Australian Derby winner Explosive Jack is the favorite to add a fourth Derby success if he travels to Queensland later this month.
Bookies expect star colt Explosive Jack to complete a remarkable four-lap time and win the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2,400m) later this month.
The three-year-old trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace made his name in the history books on Saturday when he became the first horse in 44 years to win three Derbies in one season.
Explosive Jack has added the South Australian Derby to his resume in an impressive way at Morphettville after securing victories in the Tasmanian and Australian Derbies earlier this year.
Stormy Rex achieved a similar feat in 1977 by winning a Derby hat-trick in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
But Explosive Jack now looks set to try to match the efforts of Dayana formed by Bart Cummings, who claimed four Derby wins in 1972, after Maher said on Saturday that the Queensland Derby remained on the team’s radar.
The news sees Explosive Jack now being an all-time favorite of $ 4 with some operators for the Queensland Derby, as it has seen its price cut from $ 8 to $ 5 equal with TAB.com.au.
Maher and Eustace have yet to make a final decision on whether Explosive Jack will head to the maintenance test, but South Australian Derby finalist Let’s Karaka Deel will certainly travel north.
“We’re going to take him (Explosive Jack) home and watch him good, but he’s recovered well after the race,” Maher said.
“It’s definitely something we’re going to consider for him and Let’s Karaka Deel.
“It was a great race from Let’s Karaka Deel, he traveled well and was on the bridle and raced accordingly.
Let’s Karaka Deel was an excellent finalist in Adelaide on Saturday and his price was reduced from $ 21 to $ 8 for the Queensland derby with the TAB.
The $ 600,000 Queensland Derby takes place on May 29 at Eagle Farm.