Alaskan God

Morton aiming for Derby success

Trainer Daniel Morton will be hoping that his impressive three-year-old gelding Alaskan God can make it five victories in a row when he takes his place in the Group 2 Schweppes WATC Derby (2400m) at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.

The gelding by Playing God has gone through the grades nicely which included his victory last start in the Listed Schweppes-Melvista Stakes.

“I’ve always known he was a nice horse and being patient has paid off so far,” Morton said.

“Any time you have a stayer with a nice turn of foot you know you’re going to be competitive.”

With many buyers keeping their eye on gallopers in the west, Morton confirmed there had been interest from overseas.

“We’ve had a few questions and some interest, but we have a great bunch of owners in him and they’re enjoying having a nice one on race day,” he said.

Kissonallforcheeks who has also being flying the stable flag will head back to Melbourne for a race next Saturday with Morton confirming that she is in great order, and he’s excited for the rest of her preparation.