Having flopped in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in March, Nobu could attempt to make amends in next month’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).
Since returning from New Zealand, the Chris Waller-trained gelding has had three starts for a second and two wins, including Saturday’s Mizuno Handicap (2000m) at Randwick, in which he beat Carif by a nose with Think it Over another 2-3/4 lengths away in third.
“He’s really turned into a professional,” Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said.
“He had to dig deep to attack the horse that was all but home. He is obviously a very fit horse heading into a Derby.
“He came back from New Zealand a different horse. He used to half suck back out of runs and not be that game, but now he is in for a dog fight and he loves it.”