IT IS a pretty safe bet leading trainer Brent Lilley will win Saturday night’s Derby Royale Free-For-All, which is part of Ballarat’s stellar Boxing Night program.
Aside from the fact he prepares $1.10 favourite Keystone Del, Lilley has the weight of numbers in his favour. Lilley’s stable will have four of the six runners engaged in the Group Three.
Sundons Comet has drawn best in barrier two, with his stablemates Kvintet Avenger and Kyvalley Blur to come out of three and four.
Making a successful debut for Lilley a fortnight ago after being transferred to his stable last month, Keystone Del will begin from six.
The son of Dr Ronerail won his previous four starts for Nicole Molander before the switch.
“Obviously Keystone Del is going to be hard to beat, but the numbers are there also,” Lilley said. “Kyvalley Blur is breaking the clock, but keeps finding the other one too good.
“Kvintet Avenger and Sundons Comet are also racing well and can figure in the finish again.”
Herecomes The Cat for trainer Robert Young has drawn the pole, with Andy Gath’s Elegant Image completing the field from five.
- PAUL COURTS