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Criminal Defence to press Queensland Derby case at Eagle Farm

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Trainer Peter Hulbert is hopeful Criminal Defence can provide him with his first Queensland Derby runner if the gelding passes a distance test at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

Hulbert has been training for more than 40 years and has never trained a three-year-old good enough to start in the 2400-metre Group 1 feature.

The 75-year-old been training in partnership with his son Will for the past few years and believes Criminal Defence will be ideally suited by a step up in distance to 1845 metres in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap.

A son of Nicconi, Criminal Defence has started only nine times for a solitary win in a 1200-metre maiden at the Sunshine Coast in November last year.

Hulbert’s apprentice Adin Thompson’s has been the gelding’s…



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