First acceptances for next month’s Victoria Derby 2012 were taken by Racing Victoria today with Murray Baker’s flying Kiwi galloper It’s A Dundeel the highest-rated of the 24 three-year-olds still in contention for the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic.
The number of hopefuls heading towards the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday November 3 was cut from 80 nominations to just 24 first acceptors.
Odds-on favourite in the Victoria Derby odds at bookies around the country and the one to beat in the spring’s richest three-year-olds’ clash is High Chaparral colt It’s A Dundeel.
Undefeated in their smart five start career to date the young gun was firing on all cylinders in Sydney this season most recently defeated red hot favourite Proisir, one of three Cox Plate 2012 runners for Gai Waterhouse this Saturday, in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
They will make their Melbourne debut this weekend on Cox Plate Day running in the $220,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).
The other coming race that will serve as a nice Victoria Derby guide is Wednesday’s $120,000 Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) where Derby-bound hopefuls including Escado, Road Trippin, Correggio and Our Desert Warrior are engaged to face off.
The last Victoria Derby winner to come through the Geelong Classic was back in 2008 when Morphettville galloper Rebel Raider ran third in the lead-up event before beating home Whobegotyou as a $100 roughie in that year’s Derby; no horse has won the Geelong Classic – Victoria Derby double.
Other Top 2012 Victoria Derby First Declarations Include:
- Hvasstan (Peter Gelagotis) – Last start winner of the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Cup Day
- Honorius (David Payne) – Norman Robinson Stakes runner-up also ran a brave third to It’s A Dundeel in the Spring Champion Stakes
- Electric Fusion (Robert Smerdon) – Improving Fastnet Rock gelding ran third in the Norman Robinson in their first stakes test
- Subiaso (Robbie Laing) – Testa Rossa colt fourth in the Norman Robinson which looks the form race for the Derby this year
- Solemn (Peter Snowden) – Nicely-bred Bernardini colt broke their maiden status at start number six at Hawkesbury, will need to step up in class and improve notably
- Jimando (Tony McEvoy) – Adelaide galloper looked in nice form earlier this season before a below par seventh in the Norman Robinson, suspect for the 2500m
The big defector from the 2012 Victoria Derby following first declarations meanwhile was Black Caviar’s boom half-brother All Too Hard whose grand final will be the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) this weekend.
Finally living up to the hype surrounding them the Casino Prince colt silenced the doubters when defeating the previously undefeated Cox Plate favourite Pierro in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the duo two of the three three-year-olds racing in the Cox Plate 2012.
Notable Omissions from 2012 Victoria Derby First Acceptances:
- All Too Hard (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
- Carringbush Jack (Leon Corstens)
- Kabayan (Gai Waterhouse)
- Laser Flash (David Payne)
- Proverb (Peter Snowden)
- Tatra (Peter Snowden)
- Philippi (Michael Kent)
- Shamexpress (Danny O’Brien)
- Trophies (John Thompson)
The 2012 Victoria Derby final field and barrier draw will be announced on the morning of Wednesday October 31.
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2012 Victoria Derby First Acceptances & Ballot
Flemington Racecourse – 03/11/2012
|3||BULLION EXPRESS||Dean Binaisse||15||55.5kg|
|4||CORREGGIO (NZ)||Peter G Moody||16||55.5kg|
|5||COSTA NOVA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||13||55.5kg|
|6||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||8||55.5kg|
|12||IF I COULD (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||9||55.5kg|
|13||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||1||55.5kg|
|15||MALABAR MAN||Michael Kent||23||55.5kg|
|16||MY DANCING DUEL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||24||55.5kg|
|18||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||18||55.5kg|
|19||PRISONER OF WAR||David Hayes||17||55.5kg|
|21||ROAD TRIPPIN||Stephen Theodore||5||55.5kg|
|24||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||12||55.5kg|