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Derby hopefuls on show tomorrow

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 4:00 AM

With the Cal's Jamaica Derby some eight weeks away, a number of hopefuls are slated to run on tomorrow's 10-race programme.

Triple Crown aspirant PUDDY POOH leads the charge in the day's feature, the mile and quarter McKay Security/B3-sponsored Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres, but a number of second-tier aspirants will run in the fifth race, the Kaz HoShay (1982) over 1820 metres, confined to three-year-olds.

Notables in the 10-strong field are the Wayne DaCosta-trained DRIPPING IN GOLD (Shamaree Muir up,) who led for the first half mile in the recent Post To Post 2000 Guineas won by stable-companion ALI BABA, along with Richard Azan's TARANIS (Omar Walker up), who finished 10 lengths seventh in the 2000 Guineas, along with the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes trio of BALLON D'OR, HOUDINI'S MAGIC and SOUTHERN CRUISE, who was an impressive winner of his only race so far.

Champion jockey Dane Nelson will ride SOUTHERN CRUISE, who is a strong fancy to make it two in a row.

- O.C.