Vanbrugh Misses Victoria Derby 2015

October 26, 2015

Vanbrugh Misses Victoria Derby 2015

Current number one on the 2015 Victoria Derby ballot for Flemington Racecourse this weekend, Chris Waller’s Group 1 winning Sydney galloper Vanbrugh will miss the classic in favour of a stint in the paddock ahead of an autumn return.

Vanbrugh

Vanbrugh has been sent to the paddock giving Chris Waller no 2015 Victoria Derby runners this Saturday at Flemington. Photo: Steve Hart.

Waller entered the history books last Saturday at Moonee Valley with his astounding mare Winx beating home the boys in track record time in the Australasian weight-for-age classic with a nearly five length victory in the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m).

The star Sydney horseman, who now boasts 54 Group 1 trophies in the cabinet, won’t get a chance this Saturday at going back-to-back in the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) however with his sole entry for the feature Vanbrugh out of the mix.

Waller won the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s three-year-olds’ showdown 12 months ago with Preferment, who came off a second in the Listed Geelong Classic.

After winning the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 10, his Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh looked a livewire hope of handing Waller another Derby triumph.

Late last week however the Kiwi expat made the tough call to bypass the Derby and send Vanbrugh to the paddock before coming back for a big Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2016 campaign.

“It was a tough decision to make, however, when taking into account the longevity of Vanbrugh’s career as a colt and future stallion prospect, we believe that there are opportunities to further stamp himself as a superior colt in the autumn in races such as the Randwick/Australian Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Doncaster Handicap,” Waller said in a statement.

“He will be sent to spell on Monday and will take no further part in the spring.”

Vanbrugh was rated around a $5.50 hope in early Victoria Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on all 10 Flemington races this Saturday, at the time of his withdrawal.

Red hot $2.50 top fancy to break the favourites’ hoodoo, the last to win for the punters being Efficient (2006), is the Mick Price-trained colt Tarzino.

Tarzino showed he was ready for a step up in distance after flying home late to run third behind the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka, now the $4 second pick for the Crown Oaks on November 5, in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day.

A length away second in the Vase, which last produced a Victoria Derby winner in 2010 with the ill-fated New Zealand raider Lion Tamer (2nd), was the John O’Shea-trained Shards.

Godolphin’s Medaglia D’Oro colt Shards is a $13 Victoria Derby hope in the latest futures markets.

O’Shea’s other notable hope at securing a maiden Victoria Derby success is Etymology ($15), a son of New Approach who ran third last time out to Sacred Eye in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

Norman Robinson winning filly Sacred Eye is a daughter of High Chaparral prepared by Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

She leads betting for the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) this year at $3.20 ahead of Jameka and the Peter Moody-trained Group 1 winner in Sydney Pasadena Girl ($7) who was far from disgraced when fourth in the Vase.

To get behind your early Victoria Derby and Crown Oaks selections at the right price, sign-up with Ladbrokes.com.au now and quote the exclusive code SPRINGBONUS to also enjoy up to $700 in bonus bets on the house!

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