Chase Auckland, in a previous Alexandra Park victory. Photo: Trish Dunell
Pre-post favourite Chase Auckland will have to be the best horse in the race to win Friday night’s Group 1 $250,000 Woodlands Northern Derby at Alexandra Park.
He has drawn gate six in the 2700-metre feature for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Chase Auckland was excellent in running second to stablemate Sicario in the Derby prelude on Friday night, going under narrowly after sitting parked.
Crucially, likely second favourite Pat’s Delight has drawn worse – the outside of the mobile arm - for Cran Dalgety.
Pat’s Delight missed the Derby prelude but was a winner on the track a week prior.
Purdon and Rasmussen had mixed luck in the draw for the other Group 1 on the night, the $100,000 Breckon Farms Youngs Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes for juvenile colts and geldings.
Their best chance, Jesse Duke, who galloped on the final bend when mounting a run last Friday night, has also drawn six, in a field of eight.
Stablemate The Moonshadow, fourth on debut last Friday night, has drawn barrier one.
The stable will be pleased with gates two and three drawn by Princess Tiffany and Bubbled Up in the Group 2 $80,000 Delightful Lady Classic for juvenile fillies.