Werther Leads 2015 Queensland Derby Field & Barriers

Andrew Campbell’s impressive Kiwi visitor Werther will shoot for back-to-back wins during his Brisbane raid when he lines-up from the inside alley in Saturday’s Queensland Derby 2015 at Doomben Racecourse.


Visiting New Zealand galloper Werther looks a big 2015 Queensland Derby chance from barrier one at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A winner of four of his 12 starts to date, the Opaki-based Tavistock gelding travelled to Australia last month on the back of some nice lead-up form including a Group 2 win over 2100m back home this autumn.

In his first Aussie run Werther was second past the post behind star WA filly Delicacy in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 9 before he won the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) in devastatingly style over the older horses at Doomben last Saturday.

Now on the short seven day back-up the youngster is back against his own age in the $600,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2200m).

One of three elite levels on the Stradbroke Handicap Day card, this year’s Queensland Derby field features a capacity 16 starters plus three emergencies with Werther wearing the number one saddlecloth from barrier one with Jim Byrne in the saddle.

Last start winners have saluted in the Queensland Derby twice in the past three years with both Hawkspur (2013) and Brambles (2012) completing the Grand Prix Stakes – Derby double.

This year’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) winner at the track shoots for that double again in 2015 with the Peter Moody-trained Upham drawn in barrier 12 (into 10 with the emergencies out) for Saturday.

A former Queensland himself, Moody won his first QLD Derby in 2008 with Riva San and again in 2012 with the aforementioned Brambles with the super consistent Mastercraftsman gelding Upham next in line for the stable.

In the Grand Prix Stakes Upham defeated the Chris Waller-trained Redoutable Heart (2nd) and Darren Weir’s Master Of Arts (3rd) and both are also accepted for the rematch in the Derby on Stradbroke Day.

James McDonald is booked to ride Waller’s well-tried Redoute’s Choice colt Redoutable Heart who is drawn well in barrier two and looking for just his second win at career start number 14.

Master Of Arts meanwhile has gate 13 and Glen Boss in the saddle, the grey colt looking to return to the winning form that saw him salute over 2000m at Caulfield two back before the Grand Prix Stakes third.

Also coming off a win are the likes of the Mark Kavanagh-trained Magicool with work to do from barrier 17 (into 14) and High Midnight from the Melbourne stables of Bart & James Cummings.

James Winks rides Fastnet Rock gelding Magicool who ran fourth in the SA Derby on May 9 before his Flemington win over 2000m a fortnight ago.

High Midnight shoots for three on the trot after back-to-back Sydney wins on Soft – Heavy tracks, form he’s looking to bring to Brisbane where he’ll be on firmer ground.

Other notable Queensland Derby hopes include Waller’s Group 3 Rough Habit Plate winner Sadler’s Lake coming off a Grand Prix fifth and the John Zielke-trained Worthy Cause who saluted in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at the Gold Coast in April.

See below for the full Queensland Derby 2015 field, barriers and jockeys then visit the country’s premier bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au to open your account and enjoy up to $500 in bonus bets as well as access to Best Tote or SP + 20% markets on the Group 1s in Brisbane on Saturday.

2015 Queensland Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 7 (2:57pm) – 06/06/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 86×1912121 WERTHER (NZ) Andrew R Campbell Jim Byrne 1 57kg 98
2 217×31221 UPHAM (NZ) Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg 80
3 511×4215 SADLER’S LAKE Chris Waller Blake Shinn 18 57kg 80
4 2012×12136 JUMBO PRINCE Michael Nolan Timothy Bell 10 57kg 87
5 55×8461841 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh James Winks 17 57kg 92
6 2×43621137 WORTHY CAUSE John Zielke Justin P Stanley 11 57kg 83
7 510411 HIGH MIDNIGHT Bart & James Cummings Tim Clark 7 57kg 77
8 11×3534570 QUICK STRIKE Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 57kg 74
9 3252×36232 REDOUTABLE HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 75
10 13213 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Darren Weir Glen Boss 13 57kg 72
11 321×323344 CHILLIN WITH DYLAN Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 19 57kg 69
12 145×325531 THERMOGENIC Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 6 57kg 70
13 x2141x3950 INAUGURATION Peter G Moody Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 70
14 91934×6281 RISING LUCK Trevor Thomas Michael Rodd 8 57kg 70
15 x6190x1242 SPUR ON GOLD Pat Carey Michael Cahill 16 57kg 69
16 2679×35341 GRAPPA BRANDY Scott Morrisey Robbie Fradd 15 57kg 65
17e 6254×35162 ALLZIN Graham Hoy 14 57kg 59
18e 1130 HARRY (NZ) Murray Baker 4 57kg 69
19e 24×51940 LUCOBLU (NZ) Paul H Duncan 5 57kg 65


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