Victoria Derby Barrier Draw 2011 – Manawanui in Gate Eight

Prominent and deserving 2011 Victoria Derby favourite Manawanui has fared well in the barrier draw for Saturday’s three-year-olds’ classic at Flemington, the Ron Leemon-trained galloper coming up with gate eight in the capacity field.

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Race favourite Manawanui has drawn barrier eight for the 2011 Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday

The 16-starter plus two-emergency final field for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) was released earlier this morning, and now the barriers have also been drawn and announced ahead of the headline race of the weekend.

Horses Drawn Wide in 2011 Victoria Derby Barriers

  • # 10 Niagara ($8 Luxbet) – Barrier 18
  • #2 Isopach ($41 Luxbet) – Barrier 17
  • #4 Sabrage ($ 14 Luxbet) – Barrier 16
  • #12 Eagle Command ($21 Luxbet) – Barrier 15

Winners In the 2011 Victoria Derby Barrier Draw

  • #3 Collar ($18 Luxbet) – Barrier 4
  • #11 Cornell ($61 Luxbet) – Barrier 3
  • #13 Zabeelionaire ($18 Luxbet) – Barrier 5
  • #1 Manawanui ($2.30 Luxbet) – Barrier 8

Topping the Victoria Derby markets at Luxbet is six-time winner and one-time Group 1 hero Manawanui at a quote of $2.30.

Saturday will be a genuine test for the Oratorio gelding as not only has Manawanui never been to the 2500-metres, but this will also be their first time up against a full field with the biggest field size they have raced in previously being nine horses.

Gate eight then should suit the progressive stayer, the widest barrier they have jumped and won from previously being seven.

Boosting the confidence in camp Manawanui heading into Saturday is the fact a number of their main dangers have drawn further out in the field.

Peter Snowden’s Geelong Classic winner Induna is the $6 second favourite for the Derby at Luxbet, the Elusive Quality gelding having drawn barrier 12.

This gate shouldn’t be an issue for Induna and jockey Kerirn McEvoy, however, as the smart three-year-old on the Geelong Classic from barrier 11 of 15 on October 19 to earn their Victoria Derby assignment.

The next-best fancied hopeful in the Victoria Derby odds is $8 third-favourite Niagara.

Gai Waterhouse’s smart Sydney colt has come up with the ‘visitor’s gate’ in the feature coming up with 18 of 18, into 16 should the emergencies not get a run.

Niagara’s horror Derby draw added to Waterhouse’s woes this morning after her glamour mare More Joyous also drew awkwardly for her Saturday assignment coming up with barrier 13 for the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).

Other horses in the top end of the Victoria Derby betting markets at Luxbet have had mixed results in the barrier draw.

Fourth favourite at a quote of $12, Trent Busuttin’s Kiwi raider Sangster is drawn one outside the favourite in barrier nine, while last-start Norman Robinson Stakes winner Sabrage has suffered a blow with gate 16 subsequently drifting out from $13 to $14 to claim an upset Victoria Derby result.

Meanwhile, following the Victoria Derby barrier allocations one runner that has come right into contention is Collar.

Paying juicy odds of $18 at Luxbet, the Robert Hickmott-trained Collar was at one time topping the Derby future markets based on their staying blood and solid performances this season.

After getting beaten three lengths when third to Meethaq in a mile race on Thousand Guineas Day, however, Collar was abandoned by the punters.

Last Saturday they finished two and a half lengths away second to Manawanui in the Moonee Valley Vase and history shows that Vase placegetters have a better record in the Victoria Derby than the winners.

See below for the complete 2011 AAMI Victoria Derby field and barriers.

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2011 Victoria Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 311X11121 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Glyn Schofield 8 55.5kg 108
2 67513X0718 ISOPACH John P Thompson Joao Moreira 17 55.5kg 84
3 1X4132 COLLAR (NZ) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 4 55.5kg 80
4 1X0431 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 16 55.5kg 88
5 10X12832 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin Hugh Bowman 9 55.5kg 84
6 331113 PERFECT PUNCH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 13 55.5kg 78
7 0X88X37311 INDUNA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 55.5kg 80
8 1X43134 COSTLY COMMITMENT Mick Price Craig Newitt 6 55.5kg 70
9 36X3513493 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing Dwayne Dunn 10 55.5kg 66
10 42X213 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 18 55.5kg 74
11 3212592 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 3 55.5kg 68
12 0127 EAGLE COMMAND Gary Portelli Dean Yendall 15 55.5kg 67
13 9245 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Stephen Baster 5 55.5kg 66
14 72X494 I FEEL GOOD Frankie Stockdale Brenton Avdulla 11 55.5kg 62
15 549X551 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 14 55.5kg 62
16 51034 MR CHEZ (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Michael Rodd 2 55.5kg 64
17e 437119 MUSTANG (NZ) David R Miller Corey Brown 1 55.5kg 65
18e 0X7771 MONSILI Shane A Edwards Luke Currie 7 55.5kg 60