80 Victoria Derby 2012 Nominations Released

Eighty three-year-olds have been nominated for the 2012 Victoria Derby this year, three less than the classic attracted 12 months ago.

It's A Dundeel

Unbeaten New Zealander It's A Dundeel is one of the big name 2012 Victoria Derby nominations

Held on the first of four Melbourne Cup Carnival race meetings the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) runs on Saturday November 3, three days before the famous Melbourne Cup lights up Flemington Racecourse.

New Zealand-trained horses have won the past two editions of the Victoria Derby with Lion Tamer (2010) and Sangster (2011) and this year another top Kiwi galloper will look to make it three on the trot for our NZ neighbours with Murray Baker’s It’s A Dundeel.

Baker co-trained the ill-fated Lion Tamer for their Derby win two years ago and has a very real chance again this year with High Chaparral colt It’s A Dundeel, formerly known as simply Dundeel.

The youngster is undefeated so far having won all four of their career starts, the last three of which have been achieved in Sydney.

They became a black type winner last Saturday when top New Zealand jockey James McDonald, aboard for all four of the horse’s wins, guided them to a smart victory in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) – the same race that produced last year’s Victoria Derby winner Sangster (eighth to Strike The Stars).

Another undefeated three-year-old featuring in the 2012 Victoria Derby nominations is Michael Kent’s lightly-raced Host colt Philippi who has won their opening two career starts over 1500m in Melbourne.

Other last-start winners in the mix include Tony McEvoy’s smart Adelaide galloper Jimando who took at the Henry Bucks Best Dressed at Flemington this month, the David Payne-trained Redoute’s Choice colt Laser Flash, Michael Moroney’s local Saint Or Sinner who won their Warrnambool debut, and Peter Snowden’s narrow Ming Dynasty Stakes winner Tatra who also ran third to superstar Pierro in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes last season.

It is shaping up as a nice edition of the lucrative three-year-olds’ clash with some of the other more notable nominees 2012 Victoria Derby nominees including:

  • All Too Hard (Team Hawkes) – Black Caviar’s half-brother who ran fourth to Shoot Out in the Group 1 George Main Stakes at Randwick, should be more impressive when they get back to Melbourne
  • Honorius (David Payne) – Progressive Holy Roman Emperor colt last seen running second to It’s A Dundeel in the Gloaming
  • Kabayan (Gai Waterhouse) – Hardasun gelding was runner-up to Sizzling in the Group 1 TJ Smith during the winter, last seen finishing a credible fifth in the Golden Rose over 1400m – will improve getting up in distance
  • Lunar Rise (Bart Cummings) – Up-and-coming Starcraft gelding won back-to-back Sydney races before their third in the Gloaming

The next major lead-up race for the Victoria Derby-bound hopefuls will be the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday week, October 6, which Sangaster ran third in on way to their Derby win last spring.

A number of possible Victoria Derby runners are also entered for the $220,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley this Friday night including Jimando, Philippi, Road Trippin’, Subiaso and Shamexpress.

2012 Victoria Derby first acceptances will be taken on October 23 followed by the release of the final field on October 31.

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2012 Victoria Derby Nominations

Flemington – 03/11/2012

# Horse Trainer
1 ABOUT SQUARE (NZ) Michael Moroney
2 ADJUSTER Byron Cozamanis
3 ALI VITAL (NZ) Michael Moroney
4 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
5 ARRISED John McArdle
6 BATISTUTA Austy Coffey
7 BEL THOR Wez Hunter
8 BELIVEAU John Sadler
9 BERKELEY Robbie Griffiths
10 BISHOPS CASTLE (NZ) Michael Moroney
11 BLACK FUSION (NZ) Robert Smerdon
12 BORISTAR John Macmillan
13 BRADMAN David Hayes
14 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse
15 BUNCHLOCH Terry & Karina O’Sullivan
16 CADEL’S GOLD John & Chris Ledger
17 CAITLIN’S SPIRIT (NZ) Anthony Freedman
18 CARRINGBUSH JACK Leon Corstens
19 CORREGGIO (NZ) Peter G Moody
20 COSTA NOVA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
21 CREAMERY LANE Austy Coffey
22 CRIKEY O’REILLY (NZ) Jason Warren
23 DOMINANT Matt Laurie
24 EKIBUUKA Mark Young
25 ELECTRIC FUSION Robert Smerdon
26 EPIC CHOICE Michael Moroney
27 EQUAL BILLING (NZ) Dean Binaisse
28 ESCADO Matt Laurie
29 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings
30 GERONTIUS David Hayes
31 GOOD TO GREAT Andrew J Payne
32 HEATER John P Thompson
33 HEY BIG BENDER Nigel Blackiston
34 HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody
35 HONORIUS David Payne
36 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis
37 IF I COULD (NZ) Mark Kavanagh
38 INDIANAPOLIS Gai Waterhouse
39 INIGO (NZ) Michael Moroney
40 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker
41 JIMANDO Tony McEvoy
42 KABAYAN Gai Waterhouse
43 KIM COMMAND Rick Hore-Lacy
44 KING OF OLYMPIA Gai Waterhouse
45 LASER FLASH David Payne
46 LUNAR RISE Bart Cummings
47 MACHINE AGE Michael Moroney
48 MALABAR MAN Michael Kent
49 MCNULTY Michael Kent
50 MR PAYNE Darren Weir
51 MURCIELAGA Michael Moroney
52 MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Michael Moroney
53 NISOS Paul Rocke
54 OUR DESERT WARRIOR Gai Waterhouse
55 PHILIPPI Michael Kent
56 PINS OF PELE (NZ) Anthony Freedman
57 PRINCE JESTER (NZ) Peter G Moody
58 PRIORITY ROAD (NZ) Michael Kent
59 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes
60 PROSPECTOR (NZ) Bart Cummings
61 PROVERB Peter Snowden
62 RAGTIME COWBOY JOE Matthew Smith
63 RAWNAQ David Hayes
64 RIGHT TO ROAM Pat Carey
65 ROAD TRIPPIN Stephen Theodore
66 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney
67 SEKIGUCHI Leon Corstens
68 SENTA DESERT Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson
69 SERGEANT AT ARMS Mark Kavanagh
70 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien
71 SHEER TALENT Mark Kavanagh
72 SOLEMN Peter Snowden
73 STRENGTH John P Thompson
74 SUBIASO Robbie Laing
75 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh
76 TATRA Peter Snowden
77 THE PRINCIPAL Robbie Griffiths
78 TIMELY TRUCE Ricky Maund
79 TROPHIES John P Thompson
80 TWISTED EMOTIONS (NZ) John O’Shea