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Governor's big chance to dictate

By Adam Hamilton | TAB Media

It wouldn’t be fair if star local Governor Jujon didn’t win a big derby this season and he gets his chance at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Grant Dixon’s latest young star boasts 14 wins from just 19 starts and has matched it with Australasia’s best three-year-olds in the Victoria and NSW derbies.

He ran second to Line Up in the Victoria Derby final.

Frustratingly, COVID-19 saw the Group 1 Queensland Derby scrapped, but Racing Queensland has effectively replaced it by boosting Saturday night’s South-East Derby to Group 2 status.

And Governor Jujon, unbeaten in five runs this campaign, is a $1.60 favourite from gate five to snare his biggest win yet.

His prospects have soared with classy NSW pacer Perfect Stride staying home after a below par Menangle run last weekend and star Kiwi One Change bypassing this week’s feature.

But Dixon won’t take anything for granted given the best young horse he’s trained, Colt Thirty One, was beaten into second spot behind Master Moonlite in the 2018 Queensland Derby.

NSW raider Jenden Strike dug deep to win last week’s South-East Oaks for father-and-son team Chris and Anthony Frisby and will back up in the derby.

“She’s finally drawn a good barrier in a big race,” Chris Frisby said.

“She led at her first start at Parkes from memory, but I can’t recall having the draw to try and lead since then.

“She’s come through last week’s win really well and we’ll press forward from the draw, but Governor Jujon is clearly the best horse in the race, and he’s going to take plenty of beating.”

Jenden Strike is one of four fillies trying to break an 18- year drought for a filly winning Queensland’s major derby.