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29/10/2019 Shadow Hero ready for Derby

Trainer Mark Newnham is confident Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Shadow Hero (Pierro) has the required stamina for the Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m). The three-year old gelding assumed favouritism for Saturday's race with a length victory over Castelvecchio (Dundeel) at Randwick and that form has received a further boost after Castelvecchio's second in Saturday's Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) won by Japanese mare Lys Gracieux (Heart’s Cry). "It's new to all the horses but I don't think he will have any trouble getting the distance," Newnham said. "He's fit and well and has settled in nicely.” Josh Parr will make the trip from Sydney to ride Shadow Hero in a gallop at Flemington today. "I rode him on Saturday and he felt really good," Newnham said. "Josh will come down and gallop him on the course proper tomorrow."

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