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Capella the big Derby shortener
04 Mar 2016 | By Dennis Ryan, The Informant

There’s no surprise that Capella (Rip Van Winkle) is the big shortener at the TAB with the release this afternoon of the final field market for the Gr.1 BMW New Zealand Derby.

In an 11th hour about-turn, connections switched Capella from an Oaks campaign to the Derby after she had worked very well yesterday morning. The availability of Leith Innes following this morning’s scratching of the well fancied Provocative (Zabeel) was the clincher for trainer Danica Guy to withdraw Capella form the Sunline Vase and pay up in the Derby.

Punters could have got $26 on Capella before the TAB closed the fixed odds Derby market last night, but TAB bookie Thad Taylor said today there had been no noticeable move on the filly beforehand.

“There was a handful of little bets but nothing that would have triggered our systems,” he said. “When it came to framing the final field market after the draw at lunchtime she was obviously going to be the big shortener.

“Otherwise there hasn’t been much in the way of changes. Rangipo (Stryker) (drawn 13) went out half a point but is still the favourite at $5.50, and Get That Jive (Steet Sense) is still at $6 after drawing one.”

Despite drawing the outside gate in the 18-horse field, Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman) has come in from $8 to $7.50, while other slight changes are Brighton (Buffalo Man), out from $8 to $8.50, Raghu (Showcasing) $12 into $11, The Hassler (Shocking) $16 into $12, Humidor (Teofilo) $16 into $13, and What’s The Story (Savabeel) $12 out to $13.

Notable drifters are Tavago (Tavistock) ($12 to $26), Thunder Down Under (Street Sense) ($41 to $61), Son Of Maher (Al Maher) ($31 to $41) and Predator Savabeel) ($21 to $26).