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Victorian trainer-driver Aaron Dunn is hoping for a natural progression with his runners in the South Australian Derby.

In 2003, Dunn brought Dee Dees Dream to Globe Derby Park to have him run third to Franco Sequel, then in 2021, Bondi Lockdown ran second to Aladdin.

This year, he is back with Little Louie hoping to grab that first SA Derby.

Little Louie will start from gate four in heat one of the Sky Racing South Australian Derby (2230m) at Globe Derby Park on Friday on a feature night of harness racing.

Apart from the Derby, heats of the Golden Nursey for two-year-olds, the Pacing Cup for the open class pacers and the SA Trotters Cup will also be conducted.

Both the Pacing and Trotters Cups are also sponsored by Sky Racing while Alabar Stud and SA BOTRA have naming rights for the Golden Nursey.

The TAB opened Little Louie at a very short $1.18 but he has drifted to $1.22.

Dunn was surprised by the restrictive odds but expects Little Louie to be very hard to beat.

“He has won well at Mildura and Charlton at his past two runs,” Dunn said.

“He is not up with the very best three-year-olds, but I believe he will be well placed in Adelaide.”

Little Louie ran second to the star Petracca in a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Ballarat on August 30.

“I held the lead in the semi-final at Melton but in hindsight I pushed him too hard,” Dunn said.

“It would have been better to take a trail.

“I’m happy to have him back in winning form and the SA Derby looks a nice race.”

Little Louie will be opposed by the in-form filly Delightfull Tammy, trained by Toby Ryan and to be driven by his wife Lisa.

Ryan said the filly had recovered well after her tough run last Saturday in winning the Mermaid Stakes.

“Her next main goal was the Oaks, and that is still a few weeks away,” Ryan said.

“She would need another run before then and the Derby seemed a perfect option.

“We think she will also be even better suited by the 2230 metres so, again, the Derby is ideal.”

Delightfull Tammy has been a good shortener with the TAB for her heat, opening at $7, firming to $5, and now into $4.60.

Ryan has two good Derby chances for owners AB&T Cormack Racing, with Cheerstolou coming from gate two in heat two.

Cheerstolou has firmed from $8.50 into $4.40 in his heat with the red-hot favourite Our Vinnie from the Emma Stewart stable, opening at $1.06 but drifting to $1.15.

Our Vinnie has strong three-year-old form running fifth in the Vicbred Series final behind Petracca before seventh to the same horse in the Victoria Derby heats.

Interestingly, at his last win at Melton on May, Cheerstolou finished third beaten 4.4 metres.

Ryan said he was delighted with Cheerstolou’s win at Globe Derby Park on October 10.

“We know he can do it tough, but in winning he showed excellent acceleration,” the trainer said.

“Obviously Our Vinnie looks the one to beat but I know my horse is fit and ready to run well.”

Trainer-driver Aaron Dunn is also bringing four-year-old Hot Deal across for the Sky Racing South Australian Pacing Cup.

Hot Deal has drawn gate two in heat one and Dunn is hoping he can find the lead and prove hard to beat.

The TAB has bet $3.30 about the gelding, and he is currently into $3.10.

“He is racing consistently and should give a good sight,” Dunn said.

“He has won 13 races but still is yet to win a metropolitan race and that is a goal going forward.”

Dunn said he had respect for his opposition.

“Ultimate Vinnie was trained on my property for a while as his trainer Sam Barker worked for me and he is a nice horse.

“Wheres The Gold has built a good record and I actually thought about taking Hot Deal to Tasmania for the race he won at Launceston.

“Artillery did a great job in New South Wales and looked to win well last week.”

The two Alabar SA BOTRA Golden Nursery heats have only six horses in each but indicate again you don’t need quantity as the quality is very good.

Victorian trotters dominate the markets in the Sky Racing SA Trotters Cup heats.

Anywhere Hugo, trained by Chris Svanosio is the $1.45 favourite with TAB in heat one while the Emma Stewart-trained Hesallmuscle is $1.25 favourite in heat two.

 Story: HRSA Media