Tonopah Continues Road Towards 2013 Queensland Derby

May 10, 2013

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Tonopah Continues Road Towards 2013 Queensland Derby

Lightly-raced colt Tonopah can announce himself as a 2013 Queensland Derby contender with a strong performance in the Group 3 2013 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) on Saturday.

The American-bred, Sydney-based galloper will be having just the fifth start of his career and faces a steep rise in grade.

But trainer Craig Ritchie says he has earned his shot after breaking his maiden status with a 3 1/2 length thumping of his rivals at Kembla Grange late last month.

“Although he didn’t beat much at Kembla Grange last start he couldn’t have done much more and being a colt with his bloodlines I decided to bring him up here and have a go,” Ritchie told AAP.

Ritchie admits he still doesn’t know how good the son of Rock Hard Ten may be but is willing to find out.

“He’s definitely improved since his Kembla run and hopefully he can keep taking the next step,” he said.

“I like him a lot as a racehorse. He only does what he has to but he’s making good progress.”

Despite being lightly raced and six months behind his counterparts in development due to his northern hemphisphere breeding, Tonopah has been solid every time he has stepped on the track.

In his first preparation last winter he produced consecutive fourths and has returned this time with a runner-up finish and a win.

He is currently an $9 chance in the Rough Habit Plate, Kiwi raider Survived the short-priced favourite at $2.60.

Survived is chasing a fifth straight win in his Australian debut after taking out the Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup by 4 1/2 lengths at his last start.

Trainer John Bary said the in-form galloper travelled across well on Thursday and has done plenty of work in the right-handed direction to prepare for the hit-out.

Get your winter carnival betting off to a flyer this Saturday at!

Right now is the time to join as not only do they have great odds on all the Queensland winter action but they are currently offering a huge $500 bonus bet to customers who join quoting the code BONUSBET!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Pierata heads up final field f...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fan...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fancies hoping for middle of the field barriers

Connections of the two favourites for the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 K...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 Kingston Town Classic

Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters has four runners to try to give him his fifth...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field