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Pre-post favourite Tarzino will retain his spot at the top of the futures Victoria Derby 2015 odds for the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic after being one of the 97 three-year-olds nominated for the October 31 showdown this week.
Racing Victoria took early entries for four more Group 1 features of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including the lucrative $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) that is set to run at Flemington Racecourse at the end of next month on the same day the 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is released.
Before the Victoria Derby nominations closed on Tuesday, featuring 13 more entries than 2014, the Mick Price-trained Tavistock colt Tarzino sat top of the all-in odds at a quote of around $7.
A winner of two of his three starts to date, he was last seen saluting over the Caulfield mile on September 19 when overcoming barrier 16 of 16 to win by three quarters of a length.
Price has four Victoria Derby nominees this season with the current top fancy joined by stablemates Nurburgring, the unraced Coller Bay and O’Reilly colt Celtic Tiger who was last seen winning the Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m) in Adelaide on September 12.
Last year’s Victoria Derby winner was the Chris Waller-trained Preferment (2014) and this year Sydney’s premier horseman Waller and seven hopefuls heading towards Victoria’s richest race for three-year-olds.
Waller’s contingent features the likes of Scandal Sheet, Choisir colt Battle Of Hastings and Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh who won over the Warwick Farm mile by a tidy two and a quarter lengths last start.
Perhaps Waller’s best chance at back-to-back Victoria Derby wins in Melbourne though is the progressive Purrealist colt Devil Hawk who won the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle last Friday.
Following Tarzino in the early Victoria Derby betting markets is Ragnaar from the stables of Lee & Anthony Freedman.
Lee Freedman, before his training partnership, secured three Victoria Derby victories with Mahogany (1993), Portland Player (1996) and most recently Benicio (2005) a decade ago.
This year Ragnaar is a promising type that could make it four for the top trainer, the Roc De Cambes gelding having had two starts in New Zealand before a last start Bendigo win on September 17 in his debut down under.
The stable has also nominated for the unraced Battlecamp and fellow New Zealand-bred Stone Warrior who ran third on debut over 1325m at Geelong a fortnight ago.
Other three-year-olds high up the Victoria Derby markets include the consistent John O’Shea-trained Etymology last seen running third to Tarzino at Caulfield, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained last start Ballarat winner He’s Our Rokkii who ran fourth in Group 1 company back in New Zealand during the autumn and his in-form stablemate Extra Choice who has won his past two starts.
Also in the mix are the likes of Michael Moroney’s Sebring gelding Tulsa and the Bjorn Baker-trained son of Savabeel Gold Ambition whose last start was a third to Devil Hawk in the Newcastle Spring Stakes.
Notable three-year-olds missing from the list of nominees meanwhile include Zacada, Waller’s JJ Atkins winner Press Statement, Tarquin and Ready For Victory.
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2015 Victoria Derby Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 31/10/2015
|1||1||ADMIRABEEL (NZ)||G||3||Peter G Moody|
|2||13x7x||ALKAASHEF||C||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|3||5||ARBITRAGE (NZ)||C||3||Michael Moroney|
|4||9×854||ASSERTIVE STAR||C||3||Byron Cozamanis|
|5||7×73||ASTRO FAME||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|6||4×72||ASTRO SUN (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller|
|7||6||AUSTIN (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller|
|8||55×008182||AYERS ROCK||C||3||Shawn Mathrick|
|9||74322×36||BATTLE BREWING||G||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|10||193||BATTLE OF HASTINGS||C||3||Chris Waller|
|11||0x78||BATTLE ZONE (NZ)||C||3||Michael Moroney|
|12||–||BATTLECAMP (NZ)||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|14||4539×62763||BRIGADIER (NZ)||C||3||Peter & Jacob McKay|
|15||5||BULLISH STOCK (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|16||–||CAPE LONDONDERRY (NZ)||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|17||544×054||CARDOSO||G||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|18||46120||CELESTIAL STORY||G||3||Phillip Stokes|
|19||2×51||CELTIC TIGER (NZ)||C||3||Mick Price|
|20||41||COLLABORATE (NZ)||C||3||Murray Baker|
|21||–||COLLER BAY||C||3||Mick Price|
|22||152||COLONEL CUSTER (NZ)||C||3||Phillip Stokes|
|23||6×51||COLOSSEUM KING||G||3||John Sargent|
|24||30||DEADLY SHADOW (NZ)||C||3||Bryce Heys|
|25||2×35||DEPUTY DAN||G||3||Colin Little|
|26||783×151||DEVIL HAWK||C||3||Chris Waller|
|27||5||DOC HOLLIDAY||G||3||David Payne|
|28||7||DON SUPERAR (NZ)||G||3||Robbie Laing|
|29||2x12x||ECLAIR ATTACK||G||3||Phillip Stokes|
|30||03||ECLAIR RAIDER||G||3||Pat Carey|
|32||05×11||EXTRA CHOICE (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|33||46311||FLYING ACHILLES||C||3||Gerald Ryan|
|34||–||FLYING BEAR||G||3||Chris Ryan|
|35||30x2851x4||FLYING GEEPEE||G||3||Robbie Griffiths|
|36||760||FOUGHT FOR||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|37||221||GET THE PICTURE||C||3||Stuart Webb|
|38||4×6||GOBSTOPPER (NZ)||G||3||Andrew R Campbell|
|39||31×693||GOLD AMBITION (NZ)||G||3||Bjorn Baker|
|40||5×39||GOLD KRONER||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|42||324×1||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|44||571×90||INVINCIBLE KNIGHT||C||3||Peter G Moody|
|45||8×5||IRON BOSS||C||3||Mark Kavanagh|
|46||172||JADEER||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|47||0x116||KENTUCKY FLYER||C||3||Robbie Laing|
|48||111||KIA ORA KOUTOU||G||3||Adam Durrant|
|49||3x599x23||LAKE JACKSON||G||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|50||15676||LAND’S END||C||3||Gerald Ryan|
|51||02x||LAST TYPHOON||C||3||Peter G Moody|
|52||50||LIKING THE VIKING||G||3||Ken Keys|
|53||22×632||LIZARD ISLAND||C||3||Pat Hyland|
|54||23||LOYALTY MAN||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|55||86341||LUCKY JUSTICE||G||3||Matt Laurie|
|58||5×1371||MAN OF CHOICE||G||3||Luke Price|
|59||16246×70||MANHATTAN BLUES||G||3||Tony McEvoy|
|60||–||MARKET MAYHEM||C||3||Michael Templeton|
|61||48||MAVEN WIZ||G||3||Anthony Cummings|
|62||6341×28||MORE THAN MOST||C||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|63||0310||MORE THAN PERFECT||G||3||Robert Smerdon|
|64||1×71||MR INDIVIDUAL||C||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|65||5175||MULTIFACETS (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller|
|67||1423826×35||ODYSSEY MOON||C||3||Rodney Northam|
|68||6×52322||OVER THE AIR||G||3||David Payne|
|69||6x46x332||PALACE TYCOON||C||3||Peter G Moody|
|71||1141×2||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||F||3||Peter G Moody|
|72||8x5x41324||PATCH ADAMS||C||3||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan|
|73||0x8317||PAY UP BRO||G||3||John Moloney|
|74||552||POLISH TIGER||G||3||John Sadler|
|76||30||PRINCE OF PAGODA (NZ)||G||3||Tony McEvoy|
|77||4×1||PRINCE TARKEIDA||C||3||Mark Webb|
|78||6x22x414||RAGEESE||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|79||23×1||RAGNAAR (NZ)||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|80||23420||RED ALTO||G||3||Brent Stanley|
|81||0x96x0213||SCADDEN’S RUN||G||3||Frankie Stockdale|
|82||44||SCANDAL SHEET (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller|
|83||5x50x703||SCHOPENHAUER (NZ)||G||3||Craig Ritchie|
|84||19×86||SEA OF TRANQUILITY||G||3||Matt Laurie|
|85||503×84||SNAPPER ROCKS||G||3||Bryan Guy|
|86||1×119||SNOOPY||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|87||17||SOVEREIGN NATION||C||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|88||3||STONE WARRIOR (NZ)||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|89||241||STRIKE FORCE||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|91||311||TARZINO (NZ)||C||3||Mick Price|
|92||36×9||THE WEALD||C||3||John O’Shea|
|93||62||THUNDER DOWN UNDER||C||3||Stephen Ralph|
|94||6×3661||TIME’S UP||G||3||Bryan Guy|
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