Victoria Derby 2012 Field Released

The 2012 Victoria Derby final field has been released this morning with a capacity line-up of 16 three-year-olds set to face off in the Flemington classic this Saturday.

Due to run as one of four Group 1 highlights on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) looks an intriguing edition this year as the short-priced favourite It’s A Dundeel looks to bounce back from their last start loss.

It's A Dundeel

It's a Dundeel will look to bounce back in the 2012 Victoria Derby this Saturday

Previously undefeated the Spring Champion Stakes winning Kiwi failed to come within one and three quarter lengths of their surprise conqueror Super Cool in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last Saturday.

The Murray Baker-trained High Chaparral colt however is tipped to improve over more distance in the Victoria Derby 2012.

MV Vase winner Super Cool is among It’s A Dundeel’s Derby rivals this weekend, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Fastnet Rock gelding looking to step up to the 2500m and post back-to-back victories.

Other big name players in the Victoria Derby field for 2012 include the first four horses over the line in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day with Peter Gelagotis’ winner Hvasstan, the David Payne-trained Honorius (2nd), Robert Smerdon’s Fasntet Rock gelding Electric Fusion (3rd) and progressive Cranbourne galloper Subiaso.

Notable omissions at final acceptance stage meanwhile included the Peter Snowden-trained Geelong Classic winner Solemn who is suffering from a high temperature, and Road Trippin who will be saved for a Listed 1800m race on Crown Oaks Day Thursday week.

Anthony Cummings was also looking to save his impressive last-start Rosehill winner Fiveandahalfstar for the easier Crown Oaks Day assignment but has accepted them for Saturday at this stage.

There were no emergencies for this year’s Victoria Derby.

The 2012 Victoria Derby barrier draw is due to take place at 12:00pm (AEST) today with the gates published right here at

2012 Victoria Derby Final Field

Flemington Racecourse – 03/11/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Jockey Wgt. Trainer career Rtg.
1 1-11112 IT’S A DUNDEEL James McDonald 55.5 Murray Baker 6-5-1-0 106
2 1-346-11337 JIMANDO (BLKS) Matthew Neilson 55.5 Tony McEvoy 9-3-0-3 86
3 455711-3232 HONORIUS Corey Brown 55.5 David Payne 11-2-2-2 80
4 6-1421 SUPER COOL (BLKS) Michael Rodd 55.5 Mark Kavanagh 5-2-1-0 95
5 421121 HVASSTAN (BLKS) Glen Boss 55.5 Peter Gelagotis 6-3-2-0 86
6 4236-465511 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Damien Oliver 55.5 Anthony Cummings 14-2-2-1 72
7 13312653 ESCADO Ben Melham 55.5 Matt Laurie 8-2-1-3 66
8 8213 ELECTRIC FUSION Nicholas Hall 55.5 Robert Smerdon 4-1-1-1 68
9 53-1294 SUBIASO Steven Arnold 55.5 Robbie Laing 6-1-1-1 66
10 48-2413394 BULLION EXPRESS Vlad Duric 55.5 Dean Binaisse 9-1-1-2 62
11 422 MALABAR MAN Craig Williams 55.5 Michael Kent 3-0-2-0 66
12 73-23206 COSTA NOVA (BLKS) Hugh Bowman 55.5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 7-0-2-2 63
13 144 OUR DESERT WARRIOR Nash Rawiller 55.5 Gai Waterhouse 3-1-0-0 64
14 734-2535 NISOS Billy Egan 55.5 Paul Rocke 7-0-1-2 62
15 16270 RAWNAQ (BLKS) Michael Walker 55.5 David Hayes 5-1-1-0 61
16 613 BATISTUTA Dean Yendall 55.5 Austy Coffey 3-1-0-1 61