Alderson on path to capture first Group 1 with Liquero

Cranbourne-based trainer Cindy Alderson will have a great chance of notching up her first Group 1 victory on Saturday, when Liquero lines up in the South Australian Derby.

The three-year-old has won four out of his five career starts, including a last start win in the Listed Galilee Series Final over 2400 metres.

The son of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente drew favourably in barrier six for the SAJC Classic and gets Luke Currie aboard for the first time.

Liqueuro is a live hope for Cindy Alderson in Saturday's South Australian Derby

Cindy Alderson said she is confident Liqueuro can put his game face on on race day, even if he doesn’t show his fully capabilities in his trackwork.

“If you look at his race performances, you’d have to be fairly confident. I mean he’s won four out of his five race day starts,” Alderson says.

“But his trackwork and his trials, and everything he does around the stable, doesn’t really fill you with much confidence. He’s obviously just a horse who brings it all for race day.”

The Cranbourne-based trainer had no idea of Liquero’s potential until he hit the track at Mornington back on January first.

Alderson doesn’t know what it is about the three-year-old, that is why he doesn’t show his obvious talent on the training track.

“He’s only a young horse. I don’t know, maybe he just doesn’t show his strengths at trackwork,” she said.

“He’s definitely a stayer and he hasn’t really got a turn of foot, so if he doesn’t get circumstances to suit him in his trackwork, which doesn’t normally work out, then he doesn’t look anywhere near as impressive. But he’s been very fortunate that most of them [his races] have been run along at a good tempo.”

Liquero has opened on the second line of betting at $5 with