2011 AJC Australian Derby Final Field – Jimmy Choux Draws Inside Barrier

One of the best three-year-old showdowns of the season is this Saturday’s $1.5 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m), 2011 AJC Derby Day kicking off the Randwick Autumn Carnival for another year.

Jimmy Choux

Jimmy Choux could start odds on favourite in the 2011 AJC Australian Derby

The headline race on a bumper nine event Randwick card, the 2011 AJC Australian Derby final field and barrier draw was released this morning with raging favourite Jimmy Choux coming up trumps with the inside gate.

Star Kiwi colt Jimmy Choux could now possibly start odds-on favourite to become the AJC Australian Derby winner for 2011 after drawing barrier one from the below capacity 14-horse field.

The last horse to start odds on favourite in an AJC Derby was Octagonal in 1995 who went on to win that year’s race ahead of a crack field including Saintly and Nothin’ Leica Dane.

John Bary’s Thorn Park colt Jimmy Choux has claimed five successive Group races since Christmas including his last start win in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) when making his Australian debut on March 26.

In the Rosehill Guineas Jimmy Choux and jockey Jonathan Riddell were able to run down a gallant Retrieve and score a tidy half-length win.

Retrieve will get their chance at revenge in the AJC Derby, the Rahy colt the sole runner for trainer Peter Snowden who took out the Golden Slipper last Saturday with superstar Sepoy.

Retrieve was a disappointing sixth to Fast Clip in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday and has suffered a further blow coming up with gate 12 in the AJC Derby barrier draw.

Gai Waterhouse has ruled out a run in the AJC Derby for Tulloch Stakes’ winner Fast Clip despite their dominant performance last weekend.

One horse that ran the ideal Derby trial in the Tulloch Stakes that will back up this Saturday is runner-up I Think I Do from the stables of Bart Cummings.

Redoute’s Choice colt I Think I Do has also drawn wide for the Derby with barrier 11 and is due to be ridden by Steven Arnold.

Other notable three-year-olds in the 2011 AJC Australian Derby field include:

  • Domesky (Michael Kent) – Won the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley on March 18 before finishing a well-beaten 10th in the Rosehill Guineas last start
  • Light Brigade (Gai Waterhouse) – Ran a game third to Ilovethiscity in the Randwick Guineas before coming home fourth in the Rosehill Guineas, drawn ideally in barrier two
  • Shamrocker (Danny O’Brien) – Only filly engaged in this year’s AJC Derby, winner of the Group 1 Australian Guineas in early March before finishing a credible third in the Rosehill Guineas, has drawn barrier eight and is to be ridden by Glen Boss

Betting on the AJC Australian Derby will reopen at bookmakers around the country shortly.

Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest AJC Derby news, field updates and betting tips.

2011 David Jones AJC Australian Derby Field, Barriers & Weights

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 X211011111 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary Jonathan Riddell 1 56.5kg 110
2 4X111X7067 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 56.5kg 105
3 11213X2726 RETRIEVE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 56.5kg 103
4 02332X0569 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Corey Brown 14 56.5kg 92
5 1X2753X645 MASQUERADER David Payne Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg 94
6 X372X21410 DOMESKY Michael Kent Craig Williams 3 56.5kg 87
7 161253096 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James Michael Rodd 13 56.5kg 80
8 1123X7734 LIGHT BRIGADE Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 2 56.5kg 85
9 615X9042 I THINK I DO Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 11 56.5kg 83
10 339X5178 SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 56.5kg 67
11 2X0222041 HIGH DENSITY Joe Cleary Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 56.5kg 62
12 71845 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 56.5kg 68
13 994840 DUCARIUS Paul Perry Christian Reith 10 56.5kg
14 X78302X413 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Glen Boss 8 54.5kg 105