An impressive field of three-year-olds have been nominated for the 2012 Australian Derby which will take place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 14.
Eighty horses were yesterday nominated to run in the $1.5 million Group 1 stayer’s race (2400m) including Australian Guineas winner Mosheen and outstanding New Zealand Derby champion Silent Achiever, who will make her first trip across the Tasman.
Mosheen will run in the Randwick Guineas this weekend and the filly is fresh off an inspiring victory in the Australian Guineas where she came from the outside barrier to beat a quality field.
The Robert Smerdon trained Fastnet Rock filly has impressed remarkably so far, having already collected over $2 million in prize money.
Silent Achiever is also a filly and will come to Sydney for the Australian Derby on the back of five wins from seven starts in New Zealand.
She never looked challenged when winning her last start in the New Zealand derby by two and a half lengths on March 3.
Last year’s Victoria Derby winner Sangster is another quality New Zealand horse that has been included in Australian Derby nominations. The gelding will run this Friday in the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Proliferate will also run in the Alister Clark Stakes on Friday in a bid to revive the promising colt’s Australian Derby campaign following a seventh place finish in the Australian Guineas.
Trainer Mick Price said he made a mistake entering the More Than Ready Colt in the Australian Guineas, considering the end goal is the Australian Derby.
“He’s a stayer and last start he should have run over 1800 (metres), then in the Alister Clark instead of trying to win a Group 1 mile (1600m) which came unstuck,” he said.
“Going from a mile to 2040 metres on Friday night may catch me short with him, but with a view to where we should be going, it is the right race.”
Also included in 2012 Australian Derby nominations are Victoria Derby runner up and third place getter Induna and Sabrage as well as Inglis Spring Champion Stakes winner Doctor Doom.
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2012 Australian Derby – Nominations
|1||AD VICTORIAM||Neville & Christopher Voigt|
|3||ALL CONQUERING||Jason Warren|
|7||BIG TIME||Chris Waller|
|9||CHATEAU MARGAUX||Peter G Moody|
|10||CHICHARITA (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|12||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|13||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray|
|15||DOCTOR DOOM||Guy Walter|
|16||DUBOSC (NZ)||Kevin Myers|
|17||DUEL LOVER (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston|
|19||ENABLING (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|22||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse|
|23||FLASH ALBERT||Anthony Cummings|
|24||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|25||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden|
|27||GRAND SAI WAN||Anthony Cummings|
|28||HEAVEN’S RICHES||Robbie Laing|
|29||HIGHLY RECOMMENDED||Peter G Moody|
|31||I FEEL GOOD||Frankie Stockdale|
|32||IGGI POP (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|33||IMPERIAL GRAND||Anthony Cummings|
|35||ISOPACH||John P Thompson|
|36||JOY’S CHOICE (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|37||JUSTWARMINGUP (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|38||KING SAUL||Trevor Andrews|
|40||LASER HAWK||Gai Waterhouse|
|41||LUCRIPETOUS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|42||MERLIN MUSTANG||Michael J Murphy|
|43||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody|
|46||ON EVERY LEVEL||Scott Aspery|
|47||OUTLAW PRINCE||Anthony Cummings|
|48||PETER PIPER (NZ)||John Sargent|
|50||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|53||RAPIDUS (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|54||REKINDLED ALLIANCE||Paul Messara|
|55||ROCK ’N’ POP||Jason Bridgman|
|57||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|58||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin|
|59||SATIRICAL BOY||Gai Waterhouse|
|60||SCELTO (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|61||SHE GOES TO RIO (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|62||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James|
|65||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse|
|66||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|67||SUPREME WARRIOR (NZ)||Leon Corstens|
|68||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy|
|69||THAT’S THE ONE||Colin & Cindy Alderson|
|70||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|71||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|72||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|74||TOTAL ATTRACTION||Peter G Moody|
|75||TOWER OF LONHRO||Jason Warren|
|77||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody|
|79||WORLD DOMINATION||David Hayes|
|80||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens|