Ciaron Maher pushes forward with plans to run Ruthven in the $600,000 Queensland Derby

GRAND PLANS: Winslow-raised trainer Ciaron Maher is eyeing the Queensland Derby with Ruthven after an unlucky run at Morphetville. Picture: Amy Paton

GRAND PLANS: Winslow-raised trainer Ciaron Maher is eyeing the Queensland Derby with Ruthven after an unlucky run at Morphetville. Picture: Amy Paton

CIARON Maher will push forward with plans to run Ruthven in the $600,000 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 10, after an unlucky second placing in the South Australian Derby at Morphettville on Saturday.

Ruthven  was beaten  half-a-length by the Darren Weir trained  Volatile Mix in Adelaide’s group one classic. He ran third at his previous start in the   Australian Jockey Club Derby at Randwick on April 1.

Maher said with an ounce of luck Ruthven  could have  won the 2500 metre race.

“It was a sensational run by Ruthven,” he said.

“I thought he was unlucky. I think we’ll send him up to Queensland for the winter. He's been up for a while but is running well.

“He's been so consistent during his  career with a bit of luck he should have won more than two races.

“The Queensland Derby is the obvious race for him. We will not have to do much work with him to get him ready for Queensland.”

Ruthven took his stake earnings to more than $370,000  with the second placing.

Champion horseman  John Allen won his second group one flat race with Volatile Mix’s victory  in the $600,000 Derby.

The Queensland Derby is the obvious race. - Ciaron Maher

The Irish born hoop showed his versatility winning the Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase  earlier this month.

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