Brettt Honey’s WA Derby Heats Preview

WA punters look towards the future over the next three weeks, with the running of the Group 2 WA Derby and Oaks. To kick us off at Cannington on Saturday night we have three heats of the Derby with each race presenting different form lines and most importantly, no shortage of depth. We’ll take a look at each of the heats and hopefully find ourselves a winner.

Race 4 – WA Derby Heat 1

Custard Monelli is a warm favourite to take out the first heat but while he is the best credentialled runner by far I thought his last two runs were only fair. Box 2 is a positive for Custard but there is some early pace in boxes 3 and 4 to contend with.

West On Odie (box 3) is a talented type with early pace to burn. Trainer Chris Halse dropped him back to provincial company two back where he was able to get on the arm and post a handy 29.89. He won again on Wednesday night, but he would need to produce something closer to that 5.49 early he produced two back to be leading here. If West On Odie does do that, however, it would be game on.

Eugenius is the logical danger to Custard Monelli but I’m not sure where he gets to from box 7. He was enormous in the Mandurah Derby and must be respected in this.

At the double figure price, I’m happy to have something on West On Odie to get on the arm and give some cheek. Terrific opening heat.

Bet: #3 West On Odie

Race 5 – WA Derby Heat 2

This is a pearler of a heat where we see the talented Pudding Monelli take on Canya Cracken, who couldn’t have been more impressive on debut.

I think this is a race in two and while Pudding Monelli has lengths on Canya Cracken clockwise, the speed map evens them right up. Tearaway Toby in box 1 can show pace but does duck off on that first turn. This would leave Pudding Monelli in a precarious position, particularly if Sneaky Peaky is on the scene early from box 2. With a vacant 5, West On Mortar in six not really stepping, and Dusty Deluxe more of a run-on type, Canya Cracken is every hope to cross from the pink. He went 5.39 early in his qualifying trial which gives me only more confidence he will lead here, and is open to improvement off his debut 29.88.

Exotics punters should be keeping Dusty Deluxe in mind for the back end of trifectas and first fours. He’s dropping back from 600 where has performed well and is one of the run-on hopes here.

Bet: #8 Canya Cracken

Race 6 – WA Derby Heat 3

This really should be straight forward for Crumble Monelli (pictured with trainer David Hobby and handler Karen Bradley) and the $1.14 price tag suggests that will be the case. He did everything right in the Mandurah Derby run at Northam and there’s no questions at all from a map perspective. His five opponents all look capable, but they’ll have to produce something special to knock Crumble over.

No bet