2014 Victoria Derby Results: Preferment Comes Out Victorious

Victoria Derby

Trainer Chris Waller had commented yesterday that the Derby wasn’t going anywhere outside Australia. His prediction not only came true, but in the end it was a horse from his own stable that took the ultimate prize. Preferment, ridden by jockey Damien Oliver won the prestigious $1.5m Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) by a short head over the Danny O’ Brien trained Bondeiger to register a maiden Derby win for Waller.

It was an expertly co-ordinated gallop by Preferment around the turn from the 200m mark to win the race. Waller appreciated the way the jockey took the winner to the final “The writing was on the wall last start when he ran very well without winning and Damien gave us some good feedback after that run,” said Waller. “It is good to know you have a horse good enough to be at that level,” Waller added.

The winning jockey Oliver had only words of praise for the speedster. “He’s a genuine stayer,” said Oliver.
“He was able to wind up a long way from home,” he added.
“Didn’t have much cover, but he was very strong through the line.”

Bondeiger’s jockey James Winks opined that his horse couldn’t handle the challenge of the 2500m race around the end. “I thought turning all I had to do was hold Ollie in and I’d win, but in the end it was the 2500 meters that really saw him out, but he ran great,” said Winks.

The third place was claimed by the Anthony Freedman trained Nozomy and jockey Dwayne Dunn applauded the effort by the horse. “He had a great run, stood up to the day and tried very hard,” said Dunn. “He took a big step up today,” he added.

The top two favorite Hampton Court ($2.50) and Moonovermahattan ($6.5) could only finish 8th and 12th respectively.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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