Vanbrugh Among 33 Victoria Derby 2015 First Acceptances

Chris Waller’s flying Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanbrugh is still on way to a 2015 Victoria Derby run in Melbourne Saturday week with the colt one of 33 first acceptances for the Flemington classic this week.

Vanbrugh

Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanbrugh is among 33 first acceptances taken for Flemington’s 2015 Victoria Derby this Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

Running as one four elite levels on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on October 31, this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) originally attracted 97 nominations in September.

That figure was cut to only 33 with Victoria Derby first declarations closing on Tuesday.

One of the headline first acceptors is Waller’s son of Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh who boast four wins from nine starts to date, all in Sydney, including the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 10 at Randwick.

Currently Vanbrugh occupies the second line of futures Victoria Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on this weekend’s Cox Plate Day races, paying $6 to hand Waller with back-to-back wins following his success with Preferment (2014) 12 months ago.

Vanbrugh sits number one on the Victoria Derby ballot and is the sole remaining chance for last year’s winning trainer.

The early favourite in the all-in Victoria Derby odds at $3.60 is the Mick Price-trained Tarzino, the Tavistock colt also still in the mix.

He has won two from four to date but could only manage to cross seventh behind Press Statement last time out in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), a performance the bookmakers are tipping him to improve on when out over more distance.

Price also has 33rd on the Victoria Derby order of entry Coller Bay accepted for at first declaration stage.

The next best in the Victoria Derby markets are the Stuart Webb-trained Excellent Art colt Get The Picture ($8) last seen crossing fourth in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last weekend and the undefeated Kia Ora Koutou ($10).

Prepared by Lark Hill horseman Adam Durrant, Western Australian-trained Blackfriars gelding Kia Ora Koutou has won all four of his career starts to date over in Perth but is as yet tested interstate or in black-type company.

Still, he has winning form up to 2200m from the start of the month, a big advantage heading towards the 2500m of the Victoria Derby.

Following Vanbrugh in the Victoria Derby ballot post-first acceptances meanwhile are the Pat Hyland-trained Sebring colt Lizard Island, Encosta De Lago colt Sovereign Nation for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and UCI Stakes winner over 1800m Ayers Rock.

Lizard Island is in ace form this preparation and is a dual runner-up at Flemington from as many starts.

His last two runs both produced a second at Caulfield firstly in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over the mile and then the Norman Robinson Stakes over 2000m on Caulfield Cup Day.

Sovereign Nation meanwhile has winning form up to 1600m at Moonee Valley having won the Group 2 Stutt Stakes two back before a fourth in the Caulfield Guineas as a 21/1 shot last time out he’ll be out to improve on.

A number of Victoria Derby-bound hopefuls face off in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) this Saturday on Cox Plate Day including Sovereign Nation and the favourite Tarzino.

The 2015 Victoria Derby final field is out on Wednesday October 28, so before then make sure you back your early picks at the hottest odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au!

2015 Victoria Derby First Declarations

Flemington Racecourse – 31/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 15×2462111 VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 1 55.5kg
2 22×632122 LIZARD ISLAND C 3 Pat Hyland 2 55.5kg
3 1714 SOVEREIGN NATION C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 3 55.5kg
4 5×00818217 AYERS ROCK C 3 Shawn Mathrick 4 55.5kg
5 1111 KIA ORA KOUTOU G 3 Adam Durrant 5 55.5kg
6 5×137133 MAN OF CHOICE G 3 Luke Price 6 55.5kg
7 22124 GET THE PICTURE C 3 Stuart Webb 7 55.5kg
8 3117 TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 8 55.5kg
9 31363 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 9 55.5kg
10 0x1160 KENTUCKY FLYER C 3 Robbie Laing 10 55.5kg
11 31×69358 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 11 55.5kg
12 17216 JADEER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 55.5kg
13 9x34x1121 BRAZEN G 3 David Vandyke 13 55.5kg
14 814 HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 14 55.5kg
15 23×176 RAGNAAR (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 15 55.5kg
16 6x46x33211 PALACE TYCOON C 3 Peter G Moody 16 55.5kg
17 1522 COLONEL CUSTER (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes 17 55.5kg
18 x96x021379 SCADDEN’S RUN G 3 Frankie Stockdale 18 55.5kg
19 05×1100 EXTRA CHOICE (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 19 55.5kg
20 234200 RED ALTO G 3 Brent Stanley 20 55.5kg
21 02321 LAST TYPHOON C 3 Peter G Moody 21 55.5kg
22 5221 TALLY C 3 John O’Shea 22 55.5kg
23 0x83174 PAY UP BRO G 3 John Moloney 23 55.5kg
24 544×0541 CARDOSO G 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 24 55.5kg
25 0x2851x493 FLYING GEEPEE G 3 Robbie Griffiths 25 55.5kg
26 8×5150 IRON BOSS C 3 Mark Kavanagh 26 55.5kg
27 531 MACARTHUR C 3 John O’Shea 27 55.5kg
28 9×8548 ASSERTIVE STAR C 3 Byron Cozamanis 28 55.5kg
29 571 BULLISH STOCK (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 29 55.5kg
30 3020 PRINCE OF PAGODA (NZ) G 3 Tony McEvoy 30 55.5kg
31 0x782 BATTLE ZONE (NZ) C 3 Michael Moroney 31 55.5kg
32 36×96 THE WEALD C 3 John O’Shea 32 55.5kg
33 85 COLLER BAY G 3 Mick Price 33 55.5kg

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