Jerilderie Letter Primed for 2016 Tasmanian Derby

February 4th, 2016

Leading Tasmanian trainer Adam Trinder has been understandably thrilled with the class displayed by Jerilderie Letter this time and is quietly confident the three-year-old is ready to extend his winning record through Friday’s featured 2016 Tasmanian Derby (2200m).

Jerilderie Letter returned to racing for third in the Hesketh McCrimmon Insurance Cup (1200m) on December 9th; progressing to success in the PFD Food Services 3.y.o Trophy (1400m) before making a successful transition to black type racing in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) on January 8th.

Having repeated the dose in the Listed Hobart Guineas (2100m) last time out on January 24th, Trinder told Racing Ahead he is pleased with the condition of the Bushranger gelding and is confident he will lay a typically good account for himself in the 2016 Tasmanian Derby.

“We’re hopeful,” Trinder said.

“My interpretation is I’ve been very proud of him. He’s done his job and he’s there to win tomorrow in the Derby as well obviously.

“He’s a horse with a very relaxed demeanour which he takes to the races. While his margins have never been big, the way he’s gone about things has been very satisfying.

“From an opponent’s perspective I would assume getting to him is the easiest challenge but getting past him might be a little bit harder – he’s one of those horses who gets a neck in front and idles off.

“He’s a horse that shows very little at home. His track work is still not astounding at home but his race day performances are really good.

“He’s still learning his craft but he’s still learning his craft and he’s improving with each run which I take good solace from moving forward to tomorrow evening in the Derby.”

Trinder has identified the Darren Weir-trained Howard Be Thy Name as Jerilderie Letter’s toughest competitor in the Tasmanian Derby.

“I’ve got the most respect for Darren’s horse, he’s admittedly only come off a maiden win which I would expect my horse to be competitive in a maiden as well, but he identifies the right horses and obviously holds in him reasonable esteem to travel him down here,” Trinder added.

“It’s not going to be a walk in the park but I trust that he’s up to the challenge.”

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering Jerilderie Letter at 2016 Tasmanian Derby odds of $2.35 for success.