Retrieve Shortens in 2010 Victoria Derby Betting Following First Acceptances

Peter Snowden’s impressive three-year-old colt Retrieve has further firmed in the 2010 Victoria Derby betting markets after first declarations were taken by Racing Victoria yesterday.

The connections of 30 three-year-olds paid the first declaration fee for the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), set to take place at Flemington Saturday week on the opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.

Since the nomination stage, the number of runners vying for a spot in the 16-horse Victoria Derby field was cut from 87 to 30.

Retrieve, one of two entries for Peter Snowden along with Bullbars, is now the clear cut favourite to win the AAMI Victoria Derby also improving his popularity with the punters after a classy win in the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

In a courageous run, Retrieve was able to hold on and score a half length win over Almindoro in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day over the weekend.

The victory boosted Retrieve’s career record to four wins from eight starts and saw bookies across the country slash their price on the son of Rahy to win the 2010 Victoria Derby.

Premier online bookmaker previously had Retrieve as the $5 favourite in their Victoria Derby betting, his quote now a much shorter $2.80 after Saturday’s win.

Before the Norman Robinson, Retrieve took out the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill in September and was a close second to stablemate Erewhon in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 2.

Jockey Mark Zahra marked Retrieve as a top chance in the Victoria Derby.

“Over a Derby trip he just switches off and picks up when he can. He’ll be a great chance come Derby day,” Zahra said.

Other top entries among the Victoria Derby first acceptors yesterday included Norman Robinson Stakes second and third placegetters Almindoro and Digital Fortress.

Almindoro’s impressive second on Saturday has seen the Redoute’s Choice gelding shorten in from $11 to equal $7 second favourite with Rekindled Interest in the Victoria Derby odds.

Norman Robinson Stakes third placegetter Digital Fortress is another big mover in the Derby betting markets, firming from $21 to $10 after their impressive run on the weekend.

A big drifter in the Victoria Derby markets was Shadowofexcellence, the Hawkes-trained colt rearing up in the gates before the Norman Robinson and missing the start by five lengths to eventually finish ninth.

The three most notable defectors from the Victoria Derby field are the Tony Vasil-trained Altius, Anacheeva and Eclair Surprise.

Peter Moody lost both of his Derby hopefuls with Anacheeva set to be spelled and Eclair Surprise withdrawn due to injury.

The 2010 Crown Oaks First Acceptances were also taken yesterday, with 30 fillies left in contention lead by odds-on favourite Shamrocker.

The 2010 Victoria Derby final field will be released on October 27 and published here so bookmark to stay up to date with the latest.

In the meantime, check out the great odds available on the remaining Victoria Derby entries at today!

2010 Victoria Derby List of First Acceptances

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 RETRIEVE Peter Snowden 1 55.5
2 RUN FOR LEVI John P Thompson 2 55.5
3 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 3 55.5
4 SMOKIN’ JOEY Lee Freedman 4 55.5
5 KUDAKULARI (NZ) Bart Cummings 5 55.5
6 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 6 55.5
7 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 7 55.5
8 BULLBARS Peter Snowden 8 55.5
9 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 9 55.5
10 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT Tracey Templeton 10 55.5
11 DIGITAL FORTRESS (NZ) Guy Walter 11 55.5
12 ALMINDORO Steve Richards 12 55.5
13 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 13 55.5
14 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 14 55.5
15 KIRINATA Paul Perry 15 55.5
16 ZAKUMI Tim Martin 16 55.5
17 MILESTONE Lee Freedman 17 55.5
18 ULUNDI Pat Carey 18 55.5
19 SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 55.5
20 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 20 55.5
21 KERCHINGS Anthony Cummings 21 55.5
22 THE CHEVRON (NZ) Leon Corstens 22 55.5
23 ACCLAIMED CHAOS Peter Healey 23 55.5
24 SCOTLAND THE BRAVE Danny O’Brien 24 55.5
25 QUARTERBAR Michael Moroney 25 55.5
26 MR BISSET Danny O’Brien 26 55.5
27 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy 27 55.5
28 TEN BELLS INN Brad Cole 28 55.5
29 GLACIER KING Peter White 29 55.5
30 SADDLE THE STARS Chris Ryan 30 55.5