2015 Australian Derby First Acceptances Feature Hallowed Crown

First acceptances for the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) closed this afternoon (Monday) with 44 of the initial 109 nominated horses still in contention.

Hallowed Crown features in the Group 1 Australian Derby first acceptances.

Hallowed Crown features in the Group 1 Australian Derby first acceptances. Photo by Steve Hart.

Worth $2 million in prize money, the Australian Derby is one of four Group One races running at Randwick on April 4, which is day one of The Championships.

The Bart & James Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown is the headliner of the field after winning his two starts this campaign. When nominations were taken on February 9, the three-year-old colt had yet to have his first start of the season, last seen winning the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and running fourth in the Group 2 Roman Consul (1200m) in the spring.

Hallowed Crown resumed in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21, winning a short head in front of Sweynesse. Two weeks later, the pair went head-to-head once again in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), with Hallowed Crown emerging victorious once again but this time by three-quarters of a length.

He is nominated for both the Australian Derby and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 4, along with rival Sweynesse.

Top Sydney trainer Chris Waller had initially nominated five three-year-olds for the 2015 Australian Derby but has failed to accept with Glorious Prospect, leaving just Kermadec, Preferment, Quick Strike, and Amicus.

Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) winner Kermadec was the short favourite to win the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on Saturday but failed to outrun the first three home. It was the third start for Kermadec this campaign, after he also ran fourth in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).

Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) winner Preferment also began his campaign on the outs, running third last in the Hobartville Stakes and last in the Randwick Guineas. The three-year-old colt should relish the return to running over 2000 metres in the Australian Derby.

Quick Strike has yet to make his debut in black-type racing while Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) winner Amicus is one of just four fillies featured in the first acceptances. The others are Team HawkesMaastricht and Nakataan, and John Sargent’s Thunder Lady.

Check out the complete list of 2015 Australian Derby first acceptances below.

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2015 Australian Derby First Acceptances

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp Rating
1 BERSERK Lee & Anthony Freedman 56.5kg N/A
2 BIKILA Pat Carey 56.5kg N/A
3 BLADEMEISTER Peter & Paul Snowden 56.5kg 68
4 BROGUE (NZ) Steve Englebrecht 56.5kg N/A
5 CAPED CRUSADER (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg 67
6 COLOUR OF MONEY Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg 66
7 DIAMOND VALORES (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 56.5kg N/A
8 DUCK DYNASTY (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg N/A
9 GENERAL JAMES (NZ) Danny O’Brien 56.5kg N/A
10 GENERAL ZABEEL (NZ) John P Thompson 56.5kg N/A
11 GOULDIAN John O’Shea 56.5kg N/A
12 HAKUNA MATATA Pat Carey 56.5kg N/A
13 HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg N/A
14 HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg N/A
15 HAURAKI John O’Shea 56.5kg N/A
16 HENRY’S ON COURSE Stephen Hill 56.5kg N/A
17 HERRSCHAFT Gerard Betros 56.5kg N/A
18 HIGH MIDNIGHT Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg N/A
19 HIGH SEAS Bjorn Baker 56.5kg N/A
20 KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller 56.5kg N/A
21 LIE DIRECT Steve Englebrecht 56.5kg 61
22 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh 56.5kg N/A
23 MASTER AGAR Ron Quinton 56.5kg 66
24 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney 56.5kg N/A
25 MONGOLIAN KHAN Murray Baker 56.5kg N/A
26 NAZIR (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg N/A
27 NORMAN RULES Colin & Cindy Alderson 56.5kg N/A
28 OMEROS John Sargent 56.5kg N/A
29 OUTROAR Kris Lees 56.5kg 64
30 POUNAMU Allan Denham 56.5kg N/A
31 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller 56.5kg N/A
32 QUICK STRIKE Chris Waller 56.5kg 70
33 RAMSDEN STREET Colin & Cindy Alderson 56.5kg N/A
34 RHODIN DRIVE Gwenda Markwell 56.5kg 63
35 RULING DYNASTY Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg 65
36 SADDLER’S FLAME Kevin Moses 56.5kg 62
37 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea 56.5kg N/A
38 TRIPLE GOLD Peter G Moody 56.5kg N/A
39 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Donna Logan 56.5kg N/A
40 ZABEELIONS (NZ) Gerald Ryan 56.5kg N/A
41 AMICUS Chris Waller 54.5kg 101
42 MAASTRICHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54.5kg 77
43 NAKATAAN (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54.5kg N/A
44 THUNDER LADY (NZ) John Sargent 54.5kg N/A


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