Waterhouse Keen to Run Caped Crusader in 2015 Australian Derby

March 11, 2015

Waterhouse Keen to Run Caped Crusader in 2015 Australian Derby

Three-year-old gelding Caped Crusader is one of 44 horses that remained in contention for the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Monday.

Gai Waterhouse is determined to run Caped Crusader in the Group 1 Australian Derby.

Gai Waterhouse is determined to run Caped Crusader in the Group 1 Australian Derby. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Following a comfortable win at Royal Randwick this afternoon, Gai Waterhouse is keener than ever to get the gelding into the $2 million race’s field on April 4.

Caped Crusader was one of ten horses that raced in the Ranvet Handicap (1800m) at 2:45pm (local time) at Randwick. Jumping from barrier eight, the gelding bounced to the lead and controlled the race throughout to win two lengths from Rustic Melody with Saddler’s Flame a further length and a half away in third.

It was the second win for Caped Crusader after he won his maiden back in November and the return of jockey Adam Hyeronimus to the saddle.

“They handed it to him early, he was able to get across to the lead quite easily and then I clicked him up from the 600m,” Hyeronimus told TVN.

“He was the best horse in the race and proved it.

“He relished the 1800m and I think he will keep improving over further.”

Caped Crusader relished the jump to 1800 metres after losing over 1250 metres on February 20, which is a good sign at his chances lasting the 2400m trip of the 2015 Australian Derby.

Waterhouse revealed the gelding would now head to the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) on March 28 followed by the Derby one week later.

“He will go to the Tulloch Stakes next start and then on to the Derby,” Waterhouse said.

“He just found the distance a little too short first-up and he appreciated the bigger track here at Randwick today, he was able to get into his rhythm.”

The Australian Derby is one of eight Group One races run at Randwick across April 4 and 11, making up the lucrative Championships series.

Caped Crusader is a $15 shot in the 2015 Australian Derby futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au. Place your first bet with the online bookmaker today to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet.

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

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

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