Derby Hopes Head Tulloch Stakes Field 2014


Alister Clark winner Pheidon returns to Sydney for a shot at Saturday's 2014 Tulloch Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

A line-up of Australian Derby hopefuls get a final chance to earn a shot at the upcoming Group 1 when they face off in the 2014 Tulloch Stakes in Sydney this weekend.

Scheduled to run at Rosehill Gardens as Golden Slipper Day Race 5, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 The Sunday Telegraph Tulloch Stakes (2000m) has attracted a full field of 16 three-year-old colts and geldings.

The race is an ideal preparatory run for promising staying types looking for their chance in the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick Saturday week.

Of those three-year-olds facing off this weekend, the shortest priced in the futures Australian Derby odds at is the Murray Baker-trained Atlante.

Cambridge-based horseman Baker celebrated a big Australian Derby win 12 months ago with his star Kiwi It’s A Dundeel, racing in the $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) this Saturday, and is after another win in 2014.

Atlante is currently an $18 shot in the Australian Derby pre-field markets that are firmly led by David Payne’s Rosehill Guineas winner Criterion ($3.60).

Winner of the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) last year, the lightly-raced Fastnet Rock colt debuted down under with a nice second behind Dissident in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at the start of March.

They failed to come that close to the same horse again next start however when finishing sixth to Dissident in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in a fair effort.

Saturday Atlante step up in distance seeing further than a mile for the first time and if they can handle that they are a good chance even from their wide barrier 15 draw.

Baker will also be represented in the Tulloch Stakes, and perhaps then in the Australian Derby field, by Show The World – a $21 Derby chance.

Drawn in gate 11 with Craig Williams to ride this weekend, High Chaparral gelding Show The World has been well beaten in their two runs down under.

The first was a 12th in the Randwick Guineas, and they didn’t do much better when nearly nine lengths off Criterion running 10th in the Rosehill Guineas over this same track and distance last Saturday.

The three next best in Australian Derby betting facing off in the Tulloch Stakes are then High Tec, Koroibete and Pheidon also all paying $21 for the April 12 clash.

Another Kiwi raider, Trent Busuttin’s High Tech enjoyed a winning Aussie debut at Wyong on March 6 before their eighth last start behind Traitor in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) where they missed the start 16 days later.

Gerald Ryan’s local Kheleyf gelding Koroibete is another out to improve on their last start failure, the Randwick Guineas 10th placegetter to be suited to the step up in distance for this.

Pheidon meanwhile looks a top chance in the Tulloch Stakes, Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher gelding coming off an excellent Melbourne win.

Travelling interstate for the first time on March 14 Pheidon thrived under the lights at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley track to win the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) by an easy two lengths.

It was a lovely effort and one they’ll be out to repeat over the same distance back home in Sydney this Saturday.

Waterhouse will also be represented by Order Of The Sun coming off a Rosehill Guineas 13th when beaten 13 lengths.

Other notable Tulloch Stakes hopes then include the Chris Waller-trained recent Group 2 Autumn Classic winner Vilanova, Anthony Cummings’ Phar Lap Stakes fifth placed Best Case and the in-form Peter Snowden-trained Shikra after their third on the trot.

See below for the complete Tulloch Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 Tulloch Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 5 – 3:00pm (AEST) – 05/04/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 580×337716 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 10 56kg 83
2 30111×26 ATLANTE Murray Baker Glyn Schofield 15 56kg 99
3 11231 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 8 56kg 85
4 31x2131x70 KOROIBETE Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 14 56kg 81
5 x124144x15 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 12 56kg 79
6 1136×170 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 4 56kg 73
7 3121×00 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker Craig Williams 11 56kg 76
8 57180×8611 SHIKRA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 69
9 42868×6101 SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses Tim Clark 16 56kg 68
10 3x513x635 GALLATIN Peter Snowden Nash Rawiller 7 56kg 69
11 x3310x3143 MOUNTAIN VIEW (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 1 56kg 68
12 0x15673x42 STAR WARS (NZ) Scott Aspery Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 56kg 62
13 16236 BRETTAN Anthony Cummings James McDonald 13 56kg 67
14 22118 HIGH TEC (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 2 56kg 68
15 8656×761 SIR LASZLO (NZ) Grahame Begg Glen Boss 5 56kg 58
16 54×14 RODWAY Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 3 56kg 62


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