Craig Carmody probably has one of the smallest stables represented in the Queensland Derby and his horse Single is also the most lightly raced.
That may lead many to overlook them as a winning chance but both the horse and trainer continue to punch above their weight meaning anything is possible at Eagle Farm this weekend.
Single was given a massive boost this morning when he was allocated barrier two, a gate that will see him right in the mix as they make the turn for home.
Last week Carmody referred to the Queensland Derby as a ‘pipe dream’ but not it’s a reality that only continues to get better.
“We’re delighted with that,” Carmody said of the barrier draw.
“It’s a great advantage.”
While the horse had to do the work to get into the field he knows factors beyond their control could very easily have knocked him right back out of it.
“A couple of things we don’t have control over is barriers and weather at least we got one of them,” he said.
The horse itself is in top order and everything is in place to have a crack at the Queensland Derby with just his fifth career start.
“He goes up tomorrow, really happy with how the last seven days have panned out,” Carmody said.
“He’s well and he’s bright in the eye.”
Single made his race debut in April of this year where he won a maiden over 1400m at Broadmeadows.
From there he ran second at the same track in a Class Two race before jumping up to a benchmark 75 handicap at Rosehill.
He won that race on the 21st of May and the $42,000 prize is what secured him a place in the Queensland Derby.
Last start was his first career failure when he struggled with a heavy track at Randwick to run 9th in the Australia’s Favourite Air Handicap.
He will be ridden this weekend by Dale Spriggs who was the man aboard in his first two career starts.