Trainers and connections are gearing up for the upcoming Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival majors including the Australian Derby 2015 for three-year-olds at Royal Randwick in April, the early favourite for which is Preferment.
Prepared by Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller, the Zabeel colt was earmarked for a $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) bid on April 4 as soon as he won Melbourne’s edition in the spring.
On November 1 at Flemington he continued on from his promising lead-up form to win the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) after winding up late to score a neck win over Bondeiger.
That was his maiden win at start number 7 and his first Group start following on from a close second in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) the run before in October.
Preferment was turned out after his Derby success to gear up for the autumn and currently sits at the top of the all-in Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $5 to score the rare interstate Derby double.
Hot on his heels in the futures markets are then three other single figure hopes with:
- Hampton Court ($6.50) – Gai Waterhouse-trained Redoute’s Choice colt won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in October before failing to impress in the Victoria Derby when beaten nearly seventh lengths running eighth to Preferment, an effort he’s tipped to improve on this season back home in Sydney.
- Sweynesse ($7.50) – Godolphin representation, this Lonrho colt for John O’Shea is a multiple Group 3 winner including in the Gloaming Stakes from September who ran a brave third in the Spring Champion before stepped right up in class for credible eighth in the Cox Plate when under two lengths off the European-trained winner Adelaide in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
- Turn Me Loose ($8) – Murray Baker’s Kiwi-trained Iffraaj colt has had just the two runs to date in New Zealand but is tipped to make an impression down under in the autumn. Has won once over 1200m so no sign of the distance test yet but there’s hype around this one.
Following the Australian Derby top four are then a host of other livewire chances.
Three pay $11 at this early stage of punting with Victoria Derby runner-up Bondeiger, Waller’s Teofilo colt Kermadec last seen winning the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day over the mile and another Godolphin hope in Street Cry colt Lassitude who has won up to 1900m in Sydney from November.
Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt Rekindled Power then follows at $13 having won at Bendigo in late October before his sixth behind Petroloty on November 15 in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), which was his first Group race assignment.
Rounding out the hopes under $20 is then four at a current quote of $17 with: another New Zealand raider Atmosphere looking to improve on a Victoria Derby 10th that followed a second in the Group 2 MV Vase, the Bjorn Baker-trained High Chaparral colt High Seas, Victoria Derby fourth past the post Light Up Manhattan, and Messara’s Group 1 George Main and Spring Champion fifth placegetter Panzer Division.
See below for the current top 20 in Australian Derby 2015 odds, prices set to firm when the nominations are taken after the autumn officially kicks off.
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2015 Australian Derby Odds
Randwick Racecourse – 04/04/2015