Third time lucky!

Former New Zealander Conversion steps out in the Albury Commercial Club Directors’ Derby on Saturday night.

The three-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in his first two starts for the Peacock stable, but fingers’ crossed, it will be a case of third time lucky in the feature race, worth nearly $10,000.

While the shorter trip of 1770 metres is certainly up his alley, the back row draw of barrier nine isn’t ideal.

Conversion has trained on well after last week’s big effort at Swan Hill where the odds were always going to be against him from the draw, and with early disruption to the field, was 60 metres off the lead at one stage.

The Albury feature race has attracted a handy field with the Wayne Potter-trained Itz Billy Hills, a Bettors Delight-sired gelding, having form on the board with two wins from two starts, both at Cobram. 


Well-bred youngster Flying Moth, owned by loyal stable supporter, Len Parker, showed plenty of heart at Swan Hill last week.

The two year old, making its race debut, finished third and only five metres behind the winner Karalta Kruse, who jogged along in front before dashing home a last quarter in a sizzling 27.7.

The “moth” showed enormous heart by dragging a flat tyre for the majority of the race after being checked at the start, and is sure to benefit from that first-up run.