New Zealand 3YO’s have a superb record in the ATC Australian Derby and Gingernuts looks to fit the profile of a Derby winning contender. The Rosehill Guineas is the dominant lead-in race to the Derby with 12 Derby winners coming through the Guineas since 2000, with three completing the double. Gingernuts has firmed into the market favourite for the Derby since he was able to secure the Rosehill Guineas in dominant fashion by 2.3 lengths at his Australian debut. That made it four successive wins and followed wins in the Avondale Guineas and the G1 NZ Derby, a 2400m event. His Rosehill Guineas win was strong when looming large at the 400m he handled the heavy 10 with ease and forged clear to score. Opie Bosson takes the ride once again having ridden the gelding at his past two starts and will have to overcome a tough draw to take the Derby spoils.
Inference appears to have come back stronger in the Autumn than he was at the tail end of last year. The So You Think colt resumed in the G2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m where he settled near the rear and of those coming off the pace he made the best late ground. Second-up into the Randwick Guineas he again settled at the rear and turning for home, Tommy Berry shifted wide and was hard up against the outside fence, ploughing through the heavy going to take the victory. Out to 2000m for the Rosehill Guineas he started as the race favourite but had no answer for Gingernuts in the final 250m when the Kiwi blasted his way to the front. Out to the mile and a half should be ideal and his only start at Randwick was victory in the Randwick Guineas with barrier 4 looking a good gate to start from.
The stylish looking colt will look to join Starcraft and Universal Prince as ATC Derby winners that had their final hit-out in the Tulloch Stakes. His run in the Tulloch was full of merit run on a heavy 9, returning a much improved effort for 2nd behind Jon Snow. Trainer James Cummings had earlier in the prep avoided a home start in the Randwick Guineas to dodge a heavy track and instead opted to race in the Australian Guineas at Flemington. He was doing his best work in the closing stages of that race to be within 0.75 lenghts of Hey Doc over the 1600m. Returning to Sydney he clearly didn’t handle the heavy 10 when beaten a long way behind Gingernuts in the Rosehill Guineas. That run made his Tulloch run look good as it was. Looking for a dryer track, the VRC Derby winner should have no problem with the 2400m.
Fastnet Rock colt Anaheim will also be hoping that the weather holds off and that he can race on top the ground. In the Rosehill Guineas he finished in 4th position as he was looking to work home in the closing stages but struggled to get through the heavy ground. Trainer Trent Busuttin is looking for successive victories after preparing Tavago for success in 2016 and is also of the belief that a track on the good side of slow is what Anaheim will need. At Flemington in theAustralian Guineas Anaheim produced an eye-catcher when the closing 150m he really savaged the line and was the only runner that made any late ground when finishing within two lengths of the winner Hey Doc. Landing gate 1, the past three Derby winners have all started from the inside gate and Hugh Bowman will take the ride once again, searching for his 2nd Derby success.
The ATC Derby held over the classic distance of 2400m or 12 furlongs in the old scale and run at set weights, has long been considered the ultimate Derby to win because of its position in the Autumn. One of the oldest races on the Sydney calendar, the race was first held in 1861 and with the advent of The Championships, the 2017 edition will carry total stakes of $2,000,000 with the winner to receive $1,170,000.
In 2017 the race offered ballot exemptions to the winners of the 2017 Randwick and Rosehill Guineas. The winner of the race will also receive a ballot exemption for the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Under the set-weights scale, the weight for colts and geldings is set at 56.5kg and for fillies is 54.5kg.
Some of the great stayers have won this race, including It’s A Dundeel, Octagonal, Mahogany and Kingston Town in the modern era, while horses from past eras to win the race include Tulloch, Peter Pan, Phar Lap and the inaugural winner Kyogle.
The Australian Derby forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|ATC Australian Derby Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 2nd April 2017|
|Race Time:||14:50 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Under Set Weights|
|2017 Australian Derby Odds|
The ATC Australian Derby is a Group 1 race that takes place on Day 1 of The Championships. Held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse, it is raced alongside other prestigious Group 1 races such as the Doncaster Mile and the TJ Smith Stakes. It is a race for three-year-olds at set weights. Considered by many as the premier staying event for three-year-olds in Australia and New Zealand, it is run over a distance of 2400m.
Starting off as the AJC Randwick Derby Stakes in 1861, the race changed to the AJC Australia Derby Stakes in 1873 before finally becoming the AJC Australian Derby in 1993. This race has been won by some first-class horses, from Mahogany in 1994 to Starcraft in 2004.
It has also been won by Kiwi champion It’s A Dundeel. The Australian Derby has proven to be a very handy guide to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, which is held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Looking through the history books, this race boasts an impressive honour roll which includes; Posideon (1906), Gloaming (1918), Phar Lap (1929), Peter Pan (1932), Tulloch (1957), Skyline (1958), Belmura Lad (1977), Dulcify (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Bonecrusher (1986) and Octagonal (1996). The ATC Derby is a blue ribbon event and enhances the winner’s value when it comes time for stud duties.
|2016||TAVAGO||TOMMY BERRY||TRENT BUSUTTIN||02:33.6|
|2015||MONGOLIAN KHAN||OPIE BOSSON||MURRAY BAKER||02:37.1|
|2014||CRITERION||HUGH BOWMAN||DAVID PAYNE||02:38.4|
|2013||IT’S A DUNDEEL||JAMES MCDONALD||MURRAY BAKER||02:33.4|
|2012||ETHIOPIA||RHYS MCLEOD||PATRICK CAREY||02:28.7|
|2011||SHAMROCKER||GLEN BOSS||DANNY O’BRIEN||02:29.4|
|2010||SHOOT OUT||STATHI KATSIDIS||JOHN WALLACE||02:32.6|
|2009||ROMAN EMPEROR||JIM CASSIDY||BART CUMMINGS||02:31.0|
|2008||NOM DU JEU||JEFFREY LLOYD||MURRAY BAKER||02:36.2|
|2007||FIUMICINO||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||02:36.0|
|2006||HEADTURNER||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||02:29.9|