Chris Waller’s Queensland Derby 2014 favourite Vilanova has drawn a double digit barrier for Saturday’s three-year-old major at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
A full field of 18 starters plus two emergencies is accepted to line-up in this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m) running as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 3:00pm on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Favourite of the Queensland Derby field is Nash Rawiller’s mount Vilanova, the Commands gelding having defeated a similar field of rivals last start on May 24 in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m).
With four of the past 10 Queensland Derby winners having come via the Grand Prix, it is the form the bookies are backing again this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Vilanova may have the class and the right lead-up behind them, but they’ve drawn barrier 15 for the Derby that becomes 13 if both emergencies come out.
Both barriers (13 and 15) have produced just the one runner each since 1983 so they’ll need to be at their best to hold them out again in the Group 1.
The horses that ran second and third behind Vilanova in the Grand Prix Stakes last start are both also backing up on Saturday with Pinstripe Lane (2nd) and Rudy (3rd).
Troy Corstens’ Pins colt Pinstripe Lane (barrier nine) enjoyed a 1900m win at Rosehill before their Grand Prix second where they were well beaten with three and a half lengths between them and the winner.
They go up in distance for this but didn’t handle it when 13th in the Victoria Derby in Melbourne during the spring so how they’ve matured since then will be key.
Rudy meanwhile has drawn the extreme outside Queensland Derby barrier, Helen Page’s Gold Coast-based son of Red Dazzler another that will need a good run and lots of luck.
The best fancied of the Queensland contingent meanwhile will be the Tony Gollan-trained Amexed looking to give their young trainer another Brisbane Group 1 after the success of Spirit Of Boom in the Doomben 10,000.
Drawn in barrier 11 with Michael Rodd to ride the Pentire gelding enjoyed a victory in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) two back defeating some smart rivals before their Grand Prix Stakes fourth they’ll be out to improve on here.
Along with Amexed there are three other last start winners in the Queensland Derby mix this year including Henry Dwyer’s Teofilo gelding Sonntag.
The Victorian visitor makes their Queensland debut here after earning a shot at the Derby, and the 2400m, with their win over 2000m in a 3YO Handicap at Caulfield on May 17.
The others looking to make it back-to-back victories are then 11th our entry Pop ‘N’ Scotch (barrier 13 into 11) who won over 2200m at Doomben on May 28 for John Thompson and the Marcus Wilson-trained Meteorologist (18 into 16) coming off a Gold Coast victory from last Saturday.
Other more notable Derby contenders higher up the odds meanwhile include Elusive Runner with the rails run from gate one, and the New Zealand-trained duo of Telepathic (barrier 16) and Rock Diva (barrier 14).
John Sargent’s lightly-raced Encosta De Lago three-year-old Elusive Runner will be ridden by Tommy Berry from barrier one on Saturday after running second at Randwick on May 24 with Jason Collett in the saddle.
They probably should have won that race however with Collett dropping the reins and getting his whip tangled, which is why connections have put Berry aboard here hoping for more luck.
One time Queensland Derby favourite Telepathic meanwhile was in top form back home during the autumn before debuting down under with a close second to Amexed in the Rough Habit.
She was then a below par fifth in the Grand Prix, trainer Donna Logan giving her the chance to atone in the Derby after bypassing last weekend’s Queensland Oaks.
Rock Diva though did run in the Oaks, Tony Pike’s Lucky Unicorn filly having run a brave fourth when beaten three lengths by the Toowoomba-trained winner Tinto from the outside barrier (18).
The full Queensland Derby 2014 field, barriers and jockeys are detailed below with updated odds out shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2014 Queensland Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 7 (3:00pm) – 07/06/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4202×3114||AMEXED (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||11||57kg||87|
|2||3377165341||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||15||57kg||93|
|3||1885×11353||RUDY||Helen Page||Hugh Bowman||20||57kg||85|
|4||51430×0412||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||9||57kg||78|
|5||112×091403||HAPPY AS HELL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dwayne Dunn||12||57kg||75|
|6||85165×6118||BRING BACK||Mark Ashby||Glen Boss||3||57kg||72|
|7||57x4x3121||SONNTAG||Henry Dwyer||Chad Schofield||7||57kg||70|
|8||8×67333212||OUTSTRIP||Brad Herne||Brad Stewart||6||57kg||60|
|9||3925941607||TAKEWING||Jason Coyle||Blake Shinn||2||57kg||66|
|10||4105200×10||COLONEL CARRERA (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||TBA||19||57kg||75|
|11||53122||ELUSIVE RUNNER||John Sargent||Tommy Berry||1||57kg||68|
|12||8841531||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||John P Thompson||Ryan Wiggins||13||57kg||62|
|13||581×071149||OUR UNCLE ARCHIE||Steve Englebrecht||Damian Browne||17||57kg||67|
|14||51500×2101||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Jim Byrne||18||57kg||65|
|15||07×3892216||AUBERGE||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||8||57kg||66|
|16||23113×64||ROCK DIVA (NZ)||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||14||55kg||83|
|17||212x5x1125||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Donna Logan||Mark Du Plessis||16||55kg||80|
|19e||31×3223||LEVER LEVER (NZ)||Matthew Dunn||TBA||5||57kg||64|
|20e||317×982||DECKHAND (NZ)||Michael Moroney||TBA||4||57kg||63|