Michael Kent Jnr’s Derby Day Preview

Michael Kent Jnr's Derby Day Preview

Co-trainer Michael Kent Jnr has partnered with racingbase.com.au for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and will be providing weekly previews of the stable’s runners.

Kent has been extremely accurate each week steering readers into winner after winner while also turning them away from horses that just aren’t ready yet or have conditions against them.

The Price Kent Racing team has a total of five horses lining up at Flemington on Derby Day as well as a runner in the Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens.


Race 1 – CORKSCREW – 12:20PM Paramount+ Carbine Club Stakes (1600 METRES)

“We threw him in the deep end last start, and he really held his own.
“It was a hot speed in that race, and he coped nicely with the pressure.
“He’s trained on well, the mile will suit, and the blinkers go on.
“He’s drawn awkwardly so we may try to push forward.
“A place chance in this race.”

($27.00 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Race 3 – DAISIES – 1:40PM ZED RUN Wakeful Stakes (2000 METRES)

“We took luck out of it last start and she ran a great race.
“It is still her first preparation so she has done a fantastic job.
“She’s still bouncing around and really thriving.
“This is a much tougher race, but we have a champion jockey in the saddle, we can hold a spot close to the speed and we think she’s a great each-way chance.”

($4.60 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Race 6 – JUNGLE MAGNATE – 3:45PM Penfolds Victoria Derby (2500 METRES)

“He put in a big surging run last start which is exactly what we wanted to see.
“He’s drawn better here so he won’t have to be so far back.
“He’s a natural stayer, a tough horse and he’s pulled up really well.
“Mick (Price) trained his dad to win this race, so we’re hoping for something similar here.”

($20.00 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Race 6 – GUNSTOCK – 3:45PM Penfolds Victoria Derby (2500 METRES)

“The barrier draw forces our hand a bit, we will go back and need to work into the race.
“This has been his target race all along and we couldn’t be happier with how he’s going heading into it.
“He will love Flemington and his breeding shows us that he will love the 2500m.
“He’s a true stayer and I think we will see this on the weekend.”

($4.20 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Race 7 – EXTREME WARRIOR – 4:30PM Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200 METRES)

“This horse continues to impress us.
“He’s such a relaxed horse at home and then he comes out and puts in performances like he did last start.
“Again, we should be able to sit close to the speed from the draw and then hopefully he can let down like he did last start.
“I rode him yesterday at the beach and he feels like he is ready to explode.”

($4.20 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Race 8 – QUANTUM MECHANIC – 5:10PM Kennedy Cantala (1600 METRES)

“This mare is absolutely flying.
“She’s really come on and her work on Tuesday was easily the best she has put in all preparation.
“We have put her against the boys so that she drops in the weights.
“She needs to run a personal best to win this, but all indications are that she’s ready to do exactly that.
“She’s a great each-way chance.”

($17.00 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)



“This guy is going great!
“Despite having two very tough runs, he seems to have improved and he travelled well to Sydney.
“He galloped nicely yesterday, and he looks ready for the weekend.
“The barrier draw certainly helps us and he’ll just need a little bit of luck in the big field.”

($4.00 with Sportsbet at time of publishing)

Kent’s Best & Next Best for Derby Day

“It’s a really exciting for us to have so many great chances on such a big weekend. Our best bet is I’m Thunderstruck. With any luck he should be hard to beat. Next best would be Extreme Warrior. We also expect Gunstock to be very hard to beat in the Victoria Derby and we think Jungle Magnate can run a place in that race also.”