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Bailey On Target For Brisbane

A sharp trial has confirmed plans for a shot at the Queensland Derby.

Victorian three-year-old Code Bailey produced a resounding performance to win a public trial last night (Thursday) at Shepparton as he readies himself for the Blue Riband classic at Albion Park on July 21.

The Christian Cullen colt led throughout in the 2190m workout and rated 1:57.9 while covering his final half in 55.2 seconds.

“It was a nice effort given where he’s at with his fitness and he went through his gears nicely, I’m looking at starting him down here next week before heading north.” Pike said.

Code Bailey has not raced since winning at Shepparton on May 16.

A winner of 8 of his 14 starts this season, trainer Ross Pike is eyeing the Sunshine State winter carnival features in the coming weeks.

Targets will include the Gr.3 $30,540 South East Derby on July 14 before tackling the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Derby the following week.

Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | June 29 | Photo by Ashlea Brennan Photography