South Australian Derby 2015: Godolphin give apprentice Patrick Maloney chance to shine on Allergic in Group 1 feature   Leave a comment

South Australian Derby 2015: Godolphin give apprentice Patrick Maloney chance to shine on Allergic in Group 1 feature

Patrick Maloney will be chasing his maiden Group 1 win on Saturday. Picture: Jason Sammon

Patrick Maloney will be chasing his maiden Group 1 win on Saturday. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia

MELBOURNE’S leading apprentice Patrick Moloney is hoping to repay the faith of Godolphin by landing his first Group 1 on Allergic in Saturday’s South Australian Derby.

“I’m looking at this as a fantastic opportunity for my career, riding for one of the world’s biggest owners Godolphin and also for trainer John O’Shea,” Moloney said.

“I’ve taken it as a real vote of confidence that they’ve decided to put an apprentice on in such a big race and a Group 1 race is an opportunity to showcase my ability.”

Moloney has ridden Allergic to win his past two starts at Cranbourne and said the gelding had shown great improvement. WA filly Delicacy is the $2.70 race favourite with Allergic at $16.

“He keeps on making natural progression and if he continues he will give it a red-hot shot,” Maloney said. “He’ll run the trip out and he has a good turn of foot. I’m sure he’ll present himself as a winning chance in the straight.”

This will be the 20-year-old’s fourth Group 1 ride — his best result has been a fourth in the Newmarket Handicap on Lord Of The Sky.

Moloney, 21, has ridden 29 city winners and holds a four-win advantage in the Melbourne Apprentices’ Premiership, and he is keen to win it for the first time.

“I targeted it last season and I was seven wins in front when I fell in April. I’m keen to keep the ball rolling this season and to win it,” he said.

Originally published as Godolphin give Maloney chance to shine

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Posted May 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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