Extra Brut Favourite For The Victorian Derby

In Farm News, Industry News & Views, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

After a powerful victory in Saturday’s Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington, Domesday colt Extra Brut will decide between the Caulfield Classic and the Victoria Derby for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Extra Brut was a $100,000 Inglis Classic purchase by Spicer Thoroughbreds from the Grange Thoroughbreds consignment and was a successful pinhook for Gary Mudgway, having been bought first as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale from the Stonehouse Holdings draft for $52,000.

Ridden by John Allen, Extra Brut came from midfield to overpower Sikorsky by one and a quarter lengths.

Weir said he was undecided on the race to target for Extra Brut although bookmakers were quick to promote him to the top line of betting for the Victoria Derby.

“He was very strong late – we ummed and aahed about what to do from the barrier, in the end, I was keen to keep him a bit quiet,” Weir said.

“He (Allen) got him into a lovely spot, three-wide with cover and he travelled up and I loved the way he stretched out late.

“He’ll get 10 furlongs for sure, I’m not sure about 2500m.

“The Caulfield Classic is perfect race for him.

“I guess if he drew a gate (in the Derby), relax and switch off, why couldn’t he run out the trip.”

Extra Brut made the impressive record of three wins and a second from four starts with prize money topping $190,000 and the 18th stakes-winner for Domesday.

Extra Brut was the second winner for his dam Dom Perion, a winning Redoute’s Choice grand-daughter of French Stakes winner Charlotte Amalie.

His breeder was very pleased with the full brother to Extra Brut born last month, “the Domesday colt is looking super, not as much bling as Noddy (Extra Brut) with only one white sock but going really well.

“The mare has done a great job throwing plenty of leg and substance into the foal.”

A stunning son of Red Ransom, Domesday is a proven source of Group I winners and has been super popular for Aquis at our Queensland base, covering 247 mares in the last two seasons.