64 Nominations Taken For 2013 ATC Australian Derby

Fiveandahalfstar will back-up his last start The BMW win with a run in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby this Saturday April 13, 2013.

There are presently 64 nominations for the 2013 ATC Australian Derby and Fiveandahalfstar is the highest rated horse in the field, along with It’s A Dundeel.

Fiveandahalfstar has won four of his 20 race starts and has earned more than $2.57 million in prize money during his horse racing career.

It's A Dundeel

It's A Dundeel (pictured) will face off against Fiveandahalfstar in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby this Saturday. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Hotel Grand gelding won the $2.25 million The BMW last Saturday after four second placings this autumn carnival.

Fiveandahalfstar, who is trained by Anthony Cummings, is expected to be once again ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby.

It’s A Dundeel is also included in the 2013 ATC Australian Derby nominations.

The High Chaparral colt has won his last two autumn starts, with his most recent being by an incredible seven lengths in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas on March 30, 2013.

Prior to that, he won the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas against a quality field.

Jockey James McDonald believes that It’s A Dundeel will have no problems winning the 2013 ATC Australian Derby this weekend.

“Don’t get me wrong, Fiveandahalfstar will be awfully hard to beat on Saturday. So will Philippi. They’re two great stayers,” McDonald said.

“But It’s A Dundeel is the best horse I’ve ever ridden and he’ll only get better with racing.

“He will run the trip out and he’s got a great turn of foot – he can sprint like a miler.”

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2013 ATC Australian Derby Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AIR STRIKER (NZ) Michael Moroney 64
2 ALZORA David Hayes 86
3 BALUCH Peter G Moody
4 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 71
5 BEL THOR Wez Hunter
6 BLOODBUZZ OHIO Troy Portelli 61
7 CASTLZEBERG (NZ) Danny O’Brien
8 CORONIS (NZ) Brian Jenkins
9 DARUNA David Payne 62
10 DE LA DILO David Payne 66
11 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace
12 DOG BONE PICNIC Mark Sues 45
14 ESCADRILLE Gai Waterhouse
15 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan
16 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings 113
17 GERONTIUS David Hayes 70
19 GREEN ROLLER David Hayes
20 HABIBI (NZ) Donna Logan 100
21 HENNY THE FIRST Guy Walter 61
23 HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody
24 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent 64
25 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 84
26 HONORIUS David Payne 79
27 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis 95
28 INDIANAPOLIS Gai Waterhouse 72
29 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 113
30 KENTAUR Shaun McCarthy
31 KING OF OLYMPIA Gai Waterhouse 67
32 KINGDOMS (NZ) John O’Shea 67
33 KNOCKABOUT Bjorn Baker 72
34 LASER FLASH David Payne 74
35 MCNULTY Michael Kent
36 MINTARO (NZ) David Payne 63
37 MONBAZILLAC Peter G Moody 66
39 PERFECT WEAPON Gregory Hickman 64
40 PHILIPPI Michael Kent 98
41 PROVERB Peter Snowden 85
42 PURPLE MUSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 62
43 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 101
44 ROWIE Paul Messara 72
45 ROYAL AMATI David Hayes
46 RUBENS Michael Kent
47 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 100
48 SALISBURY Pat Carey
49 SANSUI DRAWING David Vandyke
50 SCARLATTI Kris Lees 56
51 SHAWANO Anthony Cummings
52 SHEER TALENT Mark Kavanagh
53 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan
54 SIR DENZEL (NZ) John O’Shea 74
55 SOLEMN Peter Snowden 74
56 STREET SAVVY Bart Cummings 58
57 SUBIASO Robbie Laing
58 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent 81
59 TATRA Peter Snowden 98
61 VADASHAN Paul Messara 69
62 WHITE SAMBUCA (NZ) Peter G Moody
63 WIND BENDER Chris Waller 67
64 ZUZICHKA (NZ) John O’Shea 59