2010 Victoria Derby Field – Melbourne Cup Carnival Day 1

This Saturday the ultimate racing action of the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival will kick off at Flemington with Victoria Derby Day and the marquee race at the meeting, the 2010 Victoria Derby, has drawn a capacity field.

The $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) final field features 16 three-year-olds plus four emergencies with Jim Conlan’s Rekindled Interest and the Peter Snowden-trained Retrieve the top two acceptors set to start as the favourites.

Redoute’s Choice gelding Rekindled Interest burst into Victoria Derby contention with a brilliant win in the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day last Saturday.

The AAMI Vase is considered the premier indicator for the Victoria Derby and on Saturday Rekindled Interest will attempt to join the likes of Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004) and Helenus (2002) by winning the AAMI Vase / Victoria Derby double.

Meanwhile Retrieve has also emerged as a top Victoria Derby contender coming off some brilliant spring form including a win in the Gloaming Stakes (1800m), second place finish in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and a last-start victory in the Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.

The last horse to win the Norman Robinson / Victoria Derby double was Amalfi in 2001 and jockey Kerrin McEvoy, recently returning to racing following injury, will be aboard Retrieve as he attempts the double on Saturday.

AAMI Vase runner-up Lion Tamer, a smart Kiwi colt trained by Murray and Bjorn Baker, is another exciting acceptor for the 2010 Victoria Derby.

Other notable horses in the Victoria Derby field for Saturday include:

  • The Lee Freedman-trained Smokin’ Joey who will run with the addition of a tongue tie after choking in the AAMI Vase
  • David Payne’s consistent colt Praecido well positioned to finish in the money having placed third in their past two Group starts
  • Duelled gelding Shootoff vying for their second career win
  • Norman Robinson Stakes’ runner-up Almindoro and third placegetter Digital Fortress

The 2010 Victoria Derby barrier draw will take place at midday today and published moments later here at Races.com.au.

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2010 AAMI Victoria Derby Final Field

# Horse Trainer Jockey Weight (kg) Handicapper Rating
1 RETRIEVE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 55.5 96
2 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 55.5 96
3 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 55.5 88
4 SMOKIN’ JOEY Lee Freedman Damien Oliver 55.5 76
5 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Craig Williams 55.5 82
6 YULALONA Peter Snowden Mark Zahra 55.5 82
7 KUDAKULARI (NZ) Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 55.5 82
8 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT Tracey Templeton Dean Holland 55.5 68
9 DIGITAL FORTRESS (NZ) Guy Walter Blake Shinn 55.5 72
10 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Corey Brown 55.5 74
11 ALMINDORO Steve Richards Steven King 55.5 72
12 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 55.5 65
13 KIRINATA Paul Perry Nash Rawiller 55.5 66
14 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy Craig Newitt 55.5 68
15 TALE OF THUNDER John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 55.5 65
16 ULUNDI Pat Carey Ben Melham 55.5 64
17e ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney Luke Nolen 55.5 66
18e SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 55.5 67
19e ACCLAIMED CHAOS Peter Healey Dean Yendall 55.5 61
20e KERCHINGS Anthony Cummings Michael Walker 55.5 61