Walker's time in The Sun

Jockey Michael Walker is excited about the Victoria Derby prospects of Shadows In The Sun who lines up in the AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley.

The Dane Shadow gelding is on trial beyond 1600 metres in Saturday’s Group Two 2040m event but Walker is in no doubt that he will stay.

“The distance isn’t going to worry him,” Walker said.

“I am looking forward to Saturday to see him up against the better-class horses and to see where he is at for the Derby.”

An impressive last-start winner of the Pura Light Start Plate (1600m) at Caulfield, Shadows In The Sun opened on Thursday at $11 with TAB Sportsbet.

Last Tuesday, the Anthony Cummings-trained gelding worked with stablemate Plastic Fantastic but is noted for being sluggish on the training track.

“His work on Tuesday was average but that is just him,” Walker said.

“You can’t get a line on him on his work.

“The way he works he couldn’t win a maiden race but for some reason if you get him in the right frame of mind and on race day he just switches on.

“I think if he gets the right run on Saturday and has plenty to chase and puts his mind on the job he’s a great hope.”

“If he doesn’t put his mind on the job it is up to me to lift him where I can and hopefully get him over the line.”

Last campaign Shadows In The Sun showed he was up to the better horses when a close fourth to Pressday in the Group One TJ Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm in June.

Walker said Shadows In The Sun’s relaxed demeanour should be an advantage at this time of the year at the big-race meetings.

“It is a good thing,” Walker said.

“You don’t want a horse too fiery especially on a big day like Derby Day.”

Walker said race tactics weren’t a factor when riding Shadows In The Sun who has drawn barrier 11.

“The best thing about him is that he can go forward or he can go back,” Walker said.

The Caulfield Guineas form is expected to stand up in the Vase with fifth placegetter Rekindled Interest the $4.60 favourite ahead of sixth-placed Smokin’ Joey ($4.80) and Bullbars ($5.50) who was eighth.