Elements turn on Domesky before Derby

1Luck has deserted Victorian trainer Mick Kent 36 hours out from his attempt to win the Group I AJC Australian Derby (2400m) with the promising prospect Domesky.

Kent wanted rain for the son of Domesday but the weather gods turned against the trainer and his charge with fine and dry conditions to prevail in Sydney until at least next Tuesday.

“We are just praying for it to rain,” Kent said. “That would be in his favour because of the class of the race.”

The son of Domesday was rearward throughout when the gelding finished 10thin the Group I Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 26.

Kent said the three-year-old struggled with the trip north as well as the layout of the Rosehill circuit; problems he hoped were behind Domesday ahead of his Derby tilt.

“He didn’t really settle in before the Rosehill Guineas,” Kent said. “He has only settled in this week really.

“He laid in badly all the way around (in the Rosehill Guineas). He just didn’t get around the corners at Rosehill which he has never done in his life.”

Kent has made a gear change in a bid to help his emerging stayer travel kinder in the race. The Cranbourne conditioner said Domesky would need to do everything right to have any chance of figuring in the finish.

“We took the noseband off him to get him to relax and settle better in the race,” Kent said.

Domesky won the Group II Alister Clark Stakes around the tricky Moonee Valley circuit on March 18. Durbridge (1991) and Naturalism (1992) both won the Alister Clark Stakes before taking out the AJC Australian Derby.

Craig Williams will be aboard Domesky in the $1.5 million classic.