Vermair @ Derby Day!

Mar 04, 2016

It's an exciting weekend ahead for Vermair Racing and our owners as we have 2 runners in Group races on the calendars biggest day!

2 years ago SON OF MAHER was bought with this race in mind. It has been a huge feat to get him into the race and as a bonus he has earned twice his purchase price in prize money on the way through!

Already Group1 placed from his limited number of starts the Al Maher entire hasn't had things made easy for him by drawing barrier 17of 18 for the $750,000 feature on Saturday. He had a few excuses last time with it being his first time at Ellerslie and first time over ground. It's not ideal coming into the group1 Derby off a career worst performance but he has bounced through it really well and we are confident of an improved showing.

Also on the day the lovely Volksraad filly VOLKS LIGHTNING races in the Group3 Mr Tiz Trophy. She hasn't raced for 10 weeks now but showed she is ready to rumble with a nice trial at Cambridge last week. She hit the line hard for second and the winner of the trial has since won.

She meets a hot field of 3yo sprinters but she has good form around the likes of Sofia Rosa and Capella and we are confident on Saturday she will be hitting the line hard.

You can see both runners from Thursday morning below -


Only 20% remains in this beautiful yearling filly by star race horse OCEAN PARK. To be trained by the red hot Tony Pike team! Check her out here -


This stunning 2yo colt is now in work at the powerful Te Akau barn and looks a very exciting prospect. He isnt far off his first trial! Check him out here-