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Warmonger set for next Derby test

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Warmonger has not left his form in Adelaide and co-trainer Michael Kent Junior adamant a further improved performance is pending in the Group 1 Queensland Derby in Brisbane on Saturday.

The SA Derby runner-up was out the back for most of the classic earlier this month before flying home late and Kent Jnr said that style of racing, while frustrating, had at least left the son of War Decree with another run in his campaign.

“I think his pattern where he has been getting back and running on, if there’s any silver lining from that, is that he’s been pulling up super from those races,” Kent Jnr said.

“He’s still got plenty of petrol left in the tank and he’s been thriving since Adelaide. He’s put on weight, muscle and just maintained his summer coat.

“He had two Brisbane-way gallops on the grass before he left, and I think the horse is flying.

“So, now we just have a pretty easy week leading in. Blake Shinn takes the ride and I think he’ll run super; I really think he will.”

WATCH: Warmonger’s second placing in the G1 SA Derby

At $6 in Sportsbet’s Queensland Derby market, Warmonger is considered among the best male chances of upsetting the female favourite Autumn Angel.

Kent Jnr said Warmonger was poised to throw out a decent challenge.

“He travelled up there on Tuesday, he went up there with about 15 horses and arrived there in beautiful condition,” he said.

“He’s coped with the travel really well. He hasn’t had a gut-busting run all preparation.

“The way he’s been coming out of the gates and dawdling out is that he is just hitting the line with gusto and coming out of the race feeling good about himself.

“You don’t want to reinvent the horse, but you want him to be in touch.

“It would have been okay last time (in the South Australian Derby) had they gone along faster. I should have read the play better. As soon as Air Assault got the lead, he dropped anchor. They were fearful he wouldn’t stay and went 14 (seconds) to the furlong.

“We took blinkers off in an effort to make him jump better and settle better, and he raced tractably, so that’s staying off, we’re not touching with his gear.

“If we can draw a middle gate, settle midfield on a big track like Eagle Farm, it should be a really nice race for him.”

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