2016 Queensland Derby the Target for Red Alto

February 5th, 2016

Red Alto laid a great account for himself through the recent Spring Carnival and trainer Brent Stanley has revealed the three-year-old will be targeted towards the 2016 Queensland Derby (2400m) upon resuming this time.

While yet to break through for a race win, Red Alto has finished in the minor places three times through a total of eight competitive starts and returned to the paddock after charging home to finish fourth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on October 31st.

Stanley has been thrilled with the ability and class displayed by the son of High Chaparral this time and told Racing Victoria he will aim towards the 2016 Queensland Derby this time; a race he is confident the horse will be capable of winning.

“His main goal will be the Queensland Derby,” Stanley said.

“All going well, that’s the right thing to do and for his program, he’ll be peaking around that time.

“He’s a strong, tough horse, we know he stays and he can cope with a long preparation.”

The Group 1 South Australian Derby (2400m) at Morphettville in May could also figure as an option, however Stanley believes the Queensland conditions will far and away suit Red Alto this time.

“It seems to be the weaker of them and his form on wet tracks is quite good and they do get a wet winter up there,” Stanley said.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Red Alto ran a close second in the Telstra Business Centre Dandenong Handicap (1000m) in July; progressing to third in the David Hopwood Handicap (1400m) before placing fourth in the E Dunkley & J Lee BM70 (1400m) on August 8th.

Placing second to subsequent Victoria Derby champion Tarzino in the Slick Pix Maiden Plate (1400m) a fortnight later, the gelding out of Le Sangre failed to make much of an impression when tenth in each of the Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) and Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) but ran on for a credible seventh in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) in his only other start prior to the Derby.

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