Official Victoria Derby 2011 Field & Jockeys

This morning Racing Victoria released the final acceptances for the 2011 Victoria Derby running this Saturday on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, pronounced favourite Manawanui to face a full field of 15 rivals.

Manawanui

2011 Victoria Derby favourite Manawanui

Highlighting a crack nine-race program at Flemington on Saturday, the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) is set to run as Race 6 at 3:00pm (AEDST) and had drawn a field of 16 starters plus two emergencies.

Carrying the No. 1 saddlecloth as the highest-rated and best-fancied of this year’s Victoria Derby field is of course Ron Leemon’s ultra-consistent Manawanui.

Dominating the Victoria Derby odds and betting at Luxbet, three-year-old Oratorio gelding Manawanui steps up to 2500 metres for the first time on Saturday seeking their seventh career success from nine starts and their second at elite level adding to their upset Golden Rose victory in Sydney last month.

Prior to the release of the Victoria Derby final field, Manawanui was paying $2.35 to win the Derby, a price certain to firm now the starting line-up has been confirmed.

All of major Victoria Derby players were accepted for the final field with no surprise omissions.

Dropping out of contention at acceptance stage today were the Famous By Name (Dean Binaisse), Fast Bucks (Paul & Tracey Templeton), Power Broker (Gai Waterhouse), St Christophe (Danny O’Brien), The Deep South (Michael Moroney) and Vatuvei (Peter G Moody).

The two Victoria Derby 2011 emergencies are the David Miller-trained Kiwi visitor Mustang and Shane Edward’s last-start Perth winner Monsili.

Horses considered to be the biggest danger to Manawanui on Saturday are:

  • Induna (Peter Snowden) – Confidence high in the Darley camp for this Elusive Quality gelding, connections paying a hefty late entry fee to get them into the Derby field following their commanding three-and-a-half length Geelong Classic victory, Kerrin McEvoy rides
  • Niagara (Gai Waterhouse) – Progressive Encosta De Lago colt comes off a third in the Norman Robinson Stakes, is bred for the distance and Waterhouse is talking them up as is jockey Nash Rawiller
  • Sangster (Trent Busuttin) – Out to secure back-to-back wins for the Kiwis in the Derby following Lion Tamer’s success 12 months ago, comes off good form this season including their third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick and narrow second in the Norman Robinson, set to improve over the distance
  • Perfect Punch (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas) – Macdonald scored the Caulfield Cup with Southern Speed a fortnight ago and is hoping is Derby hope can pack a punch on the day and turn the tables having run a last-start third in the Geelong Classic, comes back in weights and just need the right draw to be in contention

See below for the full 2011 AAMI Victoria Derby field and jockeys.

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2011 Victoria Derby Final Field

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 311X11121 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Glyn Schofield 55.5kg 108
2 67513X0718 ISOPACH John P Thompson Joao Moreira 55.5kg 84
3 1X4132 COLLAR (NZ) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 55.5kg 80
4 1X0431 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 55.5kg 88
5 10X12832 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin Hugh Bowman 55.5kg 84
6 331113 PERFECT PUNCH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 55.5kg 78
7 0X88X37311 INDUNA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg 80
8 1X43134 COSTLY COMMITMENT Mick Price Craig Newitt 55.5kg 70
9 36X3513493 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing Dwayne Dunn 55.5kg 66
10 42X213 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 55.5kg 74
11 3212592 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 55.5kg 68
12 0127 EAGLE COMMAND Gary Portelli Dean Yendall 55.5kg 67
13 9245 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Stephen Baster 55.5kg 66
14 72X494 I FEEL GOOD Frankie Stockdale Brenton Avdulla 55.5kg 62
15 549X551 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 55.5kg 62
16 51034 MR CHEZ (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Michael Rodd 55.5kg 64
17e 437119 MUSTANG (NZ) David R Miller Corey Brown 55.5kg 65
18e 0X7771 MONSILI Shane A Edwards Luke Currie 55.5kg 60