Dye expected to be right for Derby Day

Shane Dye is expected to be fit to ride Carnero in the Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday following a freak accident which resulted in him falling at Randwick trackwork yesterday.

Shane Dye

Racing NSW steward Steve Railton said a horse Dye was riding collapsed and died after what was believed to be a heart attack.

"Shane was not hospitalised and suffered only minor injuries and is expected to be right to ride on Saturday," Railton said.

Dye, who returned from Hong Kong earlier this year, has enjoyed a winning run recently and subsequently scored the ride on the Dean Binaisse-trained Carnero in the Derby and has also retained the ride on Keen Commander in the Group Two Salinger Stakes.

Keen Commander’s trainer Denise McGrath said she thought the worst when she heard about the accident but any fears she had were allayed by Dye soon after the incident.

"I’ve spoken to Shane a couple of times and he says he will be fine for the weekend, he’s just a bit bruised at the moment," McGrath said.

Dye has been riding all of Keen Commander’s work recently and has been on board in his last couple of starts including his victory last time out in the City Tattersalls Lightning Handicap at Randwick two weeks ago.

Keen Commander, who finished a half-head second to Typhoon Zed in the Group One The Galaxy, has overcome a series of problems, including tonsilitis and a stomach bug and has settled into his Melbourne base well.

"He’s been there for just over a week and he’s doing very nicely, which is a huge relief, he’s been through a lot this horse," McGrath said.

"It’s great to hear that Shane is going to be okay because it’s always an advantage to have a jockey on who knows the horse well and Shane knows this one very well.

"I’ve always thought the horse would relish running down the straight at Flemington and I’m very excited just to have a runner at this meeting."

Carnero is rated an $18 chance on TAB Sportsbet and is coming into the race after running fourth to $1.55 favourite Whobegotyou in the Group Two AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Keen Commander is at $21 for the Salinger.

By Russell Jackson