Resurge Puts Hand Up For Derby At Sale

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A half-brother to Group One winner Single Gaze has put his hand up as an early Derby contender with a maiden win at Sale.

was having his third career start and his first for the campaign when he took out a 1422m-maiden on Wednesday, as favourite, scoring by two lengths.

It was the ideal campaign start for the -trained three-year-old colt under jockey .

McEvoy's Melbourne foreman Michael Shepherdson said the stable had always held the colt in high esteem.

“He's a big lad and he's taken a little while to develop,” Shepherdson said.

“He's a horse we think has plenty of scope and in the back of Tony's mind he's earmarked him as a Derby horse so he's kicked off his preparation really well.

“He's a big doing colt so there's plenty more to come.

“He'll tighten up a bit.”

The Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) is at Flemington in November.

Single Gaze was a three-year-old Group One winner of the at before a fall in the 2016 Australian Oaks at Randwick put her on the sidelines for almost 12 months.

She returned to win the Group Two P J O'Shea Stakes at last year before going on to run second to in the Caulfield Cup.

Trained by Nick Olive, Single Gaze was sold with a breeding career in mind, but the mare has been put into work by her new owner and is now trained by .

She ran seventh, with regular rider Kathy O'Hara aboard, in an 800m-trial at Farm on July 20.

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