Derby draw "not ideal" for Personal

05 May 2021 00:19:51 GMTPlus10

Personal and Damien Oliver will have to contend with another outside barrier on Saturday after coming up with gate 16 in the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby.

The VRC Oaks winner drew barrier 15 in last Saturday's Australasian Oaks before finishing second behind Media Award.

"It's not ideal unfortunately, I don't know what to say really," said co-trainer Ben Hayes. "There is a bit of deja vu because, after a narrow defeat in the Wakeful [last year], she went into the Oaks on the week back-up [and won], so hopefully she can do it again."

After electing to go back to second-last from the wide draw in the Australasian Oaks, Hayes said he would consult with Oliver before deciding if she could settle more forward in the run.

"We will have a good chat to Ollie about it and come up with a plan," he said. "We were thrilled, it was a big effort, taking ground late and through the line. Most importantly she has pulled up well."

Personal is available at 11/2 following the barrier.

The Cindy Alderson-trained Liqueuro is heading into the race after two dominant wins in the Bendigo St Leger Trial and the Listed Galilee Series Final at Caulfield.

He had a gallop on Monday and Alderson said he is in good condition ahead of Saturday's Group 1.

"He pulled up well. He's never been much to look at, he's always been subdued around the stables, so nothing has changed," said Alderson.

"Each time he has gone out on race day he has lifted and stepped to the bar. So let's hope he can do it on Saturday."

Liquero is priced at 15/4 to win at the weekend, with Explosive Jack on offer at 3/1.

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