To Translator and all his owners, it’s VRC Derby Day and you’re in the big race!
After six starts and just the one placing, some might be surprised to see Translator (by Helmet ex Babel) in the VRC Derby field. He has been given a traditional mid-distance grounding throughout his career though, and each time he steps out he shows improvement and aptitude for the 2500m distance of the Derby.
At his most recent start in the Listed Geelong Classic, Translator made a long, sustained run from well back in the field outside all runners. His fourth placing, beaten just over two lengths, is better than it looks on paper. Had he had a similar run to the winner Long Jack, we are confident he finishes in the placings right alongside his more fancied Derby opponents.
Having said that, connections take their beloved colt into the Derby not filled with high expectations. Rather, a healthy understanding that multiple form lines converge in most Derby fields and this year is no exception. The favoured runners Shadow Hero, Thought of That and Soul Patch look mighty hard to beat. But Nigel holds confidence that Translator will relish the distance, and from a good barrier (3), Jordan Childs may be able to hold a nice position right to the home corner. From there, stamina carries are three-year-old a long way in the Derby so we hope to be very competitive.
Whatever happens, be safe Translator! And to his owners, have fun!