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Originally published as High Midnight on target for Derby

High Midnight has been a firmer in betting on the Queensland Derby. Picture: Simon Bullar

High Midnight has been a firmer in betting on the Queensland Derby. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

JAMES Cummings says High Midnight has pulled up in “great” order from his win at Randwick on Saturday and will push on towards the Queensland Derby next week.

High Midnight made it two from two with victory in the Batlow Apples Handicap last weekend and the TAB has firmed his Derby quote into $18.

Cummings’ filly, Tree Of Jesse, has also come through her Randwick win in perfect order and will head towards the Dane Ripper Stakes, leaving the door open for a new jockey.

Tree Of Jesse’s regular rider Tim Clark is already committed to riding Avoid Lightning, who won a trial at Randwick on Monday.

“I think Tree Of Jesse can measure up to better races than she contested last Saturday,” Clark said. “She obviously took a bit of time to get over that first-up run and showed her true colours last Saturday.”

The Cummings stable will saddle up Zarzali in the Queensland Oaks if she gains a start.

MY GIRLS CAN STEAL SHOW: SARGENT

SYDNEY trainer John Sargent is confident his two fillies — Swift Lady and Champion Stage — can upstage their more fancied rivals in Saturday’s Queensland Oaks after trackwork on Tuesday.

Sargent flew to Brisbane to oversee the pair in their final serious hit-out before the fillies’ classic at Doomben this weekend.

“They ran their final 1000m in 1:07.2 and came home the last 600m in 36.5s, I thought it was good work,” Sargent said. “Swift Lady is the sharper of the two and she had the other filly on the line but that was expected.”

Champion Stage and Swift Lady hit the track at Doomben on Tuesday. Picture: Mark Cranitch

Champion Stage and Swift Lady hit the track at Doomben on Tuesday. Picture: Mark Cranitch Source: News Corp Australia

Champion Stage isn’t guaranteed a start in the Oaks, needing a few horses to pull out ahead of her in order to line up in the $500,000 feature. “She’ll run at the Sunshine Coast on Friday if we miss a run,” Sargent said.

Swift Lady is a $21 chance with the TAB for the Queensland Oaks, while Champion Stages is into $26.

BOHEMIAN LILY BOUNCING ALONG

THE Gai Waterhouse team are adamant Bohemian Lily has bounced off her win at Doomben last Saturday in better condition and is the horse to beat in the Queensland Oaks.

Bohemian Lily put up a bold frontrunning performance when leading all the way in the Doomben Roses before firming into second favourite at $5 for the Oaks.

Originally published as High Midnight on target for Derby

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Posted May 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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