Michael Cahill is in some of the best riding form of his life and is planning to reprise daring catch me if you can tactics on Fun Fact as the Brisbane rider looks to add another Group I to his resume.
All eyes will be on Cahill on Saturday when he rides Stradbroke Handicap favourite The Bostonian – he has already snared back-to-back Group Is on the Kiwi galloper including when producing a magical ride to win the Kingsford-Smith Cup.
But 40 minutes earlier the Brisbane hoop has another chance to win a Group I, riding Bjorn Baker’s Queensland Derby contender Fun Fact which was a surprise winner of the Grand Prix Stakes when leading all the way over 2200m at Eagle Farm on May 25.
Baker admitted he was concerned when Fun Fact was four lengths clear of the field at the halfway stage of the Grand Prix.
But Cahill wasn’t and he is plotting similar tactics in the Derby – and he can’t see why the three-year-old won’t see out the extra 200m of the 2400m Derby trip at Eagle Farm.
“If he feels the same to me as he did the other day, I will probably go out and try to do pretty much the same thing again,” Cahill said.
“From about the 800m the other day I was always confident he was going to be in the finish.
“Even though he was leading by a fair margin I always felt he was conserving energy and had a fair bit more to give.
“There is a bit more tempo in this race but I will certainly look to be very positive on him.
“There is always a question mark I guess as to whether he will see out the Derby trip but I don’t see any reason why he won’t.”