SA TROTS - O'Neill provides 5 contenders for the Trotters Derby

GIVEN 70 per cent of the field comes from his stable, it is reasonable to expect Luke O’Neill would be pretty confident ahead of tonight’s South Australia Trotters’ Derby.

Seven youngsters are poised to contest the time-honoured classic at Globe Derby, with O’Neill preparing five of them, including the second favourite Emma Joy.

Drawn ideally from the pole, Emma Joy is listed at $2.80 with TAB Fixed Odds.

Despite having the weight of numbers on his side, O’Neill believes the Blue Riband is “an open affair”.

“I think it is a race any of them can win,” O’Neill said. “You could say I have a 90 per cent chance of winning given the numbers, but I’m not 90 per cent confident.

“The two I don’t train are pretty much the two to beat!”

Successful at his local debut a fortnight ago, Saint Sebastian heads the market at $2 with TAB Fixed Odds.

Prepared by Michael Norman, Saint Sebastian has drawn to search for the lead from barrier two.

A member of the Ingrid Smith team, Graywoods Diamond is considered a strong chance to register an elusive win despite drawing gate six.

The son of Great Success has been among the placings in seven of his eight starts for the season.

“Saint Sebastian is clearly the main danger,” O’Neill said. “He looked good winning a couple of weeks ago and has drawn to make the most of it.

“Graywoods Diamond can do a bit wrong, but has been consistent nonetheless.

“My lot are pretty even, and it will come down to which one gets the right run on the night.”

Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga