Easing Victoria Derby 2012 favourite It’s A Dundeel has drawn double-digits with gate 10 in the capacity 16-horse field for the three-year-olds’ classic at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday.
Murray Baker’s High Chaparral colt won their opening five career starts before going down in a boil-over result in the Group 2 Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day last weekend.
Now the New Zealander will look to bounce back and secure their second Group 1 victory, adding to their upset Spring Champion Stakes success in Sydney two back, when they contest the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).
The 2012 Victoria Derby will be the first time the young gun has jumped from wider than barrier five since their win on debut from gate 12 of 12 back home in NZ at Ellerslie in April.
Second favourite in the Victoria Derby pre-barrier markets, Mark Kavanagh’s Mitchelton Wines Vase victor Super Cool has drawn one outside of It’s A Dundeel for their Derby rematch with gate 11.
Other top fancies with awkward barriers to overcome include Geelong Classic runner-up Malabar Man (15), third placed Escado (12) and fourth placegetter Our Desert Warrior (13).
Meanwhile a number of up-and-coming gallopers enjoyed better luck in the Victoria Derby 2012 barrier draw including the David Payne-trained Norman Robinson Stakes runner-up Honorius (2), Norman Robinson winner Hvasstan (9) to be ridden by Glen Boss, and surprise acceptor Fiveandahalfstar (5).
See below for the complete 2012 Victoria Derby barriers, updated Victoria Derby betting markets due for release at bookmaker.com.au shortly.
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2012 Victoria Derby Field & Barriers
Flemington Race 6 – 3:00pm (AEST) – 03/11/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1×11112||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||10||55.5kg||106|
|2||x346x11337||JIMANDO||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||6||55.5kg||86|
|3||55711×3232||HONORIUS||David Payne||Corey Brown||2||55.5kg||80|
|4||6×1421||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||11||55.5kg||95|
|5||421121||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Glen Boss||9||55.5kg||86|
|6||236×465511||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||5||55.5kg||72|
|7||13312653||ESCADO||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||12||55.5kg||66|
|8||8213||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||7||55.5kg||68|
|9||53×1294||SUBIASO||Robbie Laing||Steven Arnold||8||55.5kg||66|
|10||48×2413394||BULLION EXPRESS||Dean Binaisse||Vlad Duric||16||55.5kg||62|
|11||422||MALABAR MAN||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||15||55.5kg||66|
|12||73×23206||COSTA NOVA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Hugh Bowman||14||55.5kg||63|
|13||144||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||13||55.5kg||64|
|14||734×2535||NISOS||Paul Rocke||Billy Egan||3||55.5kg||62|
|15||16270||RAWNAQ||David Hayes||Michael Walker||4||55.5kg||61|
|16||613||BATISTUTA||Austy Coffey||Dean Yendall||1||55.5kg||61|