Tarzino Leads 2016 Australian Derby First Acceptances

Despite an Australian Guineas loss last start the Mick Price-trained Tarzino is still on track for the Australian Derby 2016 on April 2, first acceptances for the Royal Randwick classic taken on Tuesday.


Victoria Derby winner Tarzino is the headline 2016 Australian Derby first acceptor this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

Racing NSW closed first declarations for all the feature races of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ this week including the $2 million Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m) running on Day 1.

Earlier in the season 129 nominations were taken for the three-year-olds feature, a number cut to just 47 at first acceptance stage.

Leading the ATC Australian Derby first acceptances and the early betting markets at bookmakers around the country is Price’s Tavistock colt Tarzino.

The proven stayer won Melbourne’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington in the Spring before a first-up fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 13.

Last Saturday he ran in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) going down a nostril flare to Palentino and failing to have the result reversed after a protest by his hoop Craig Newitt was dismissed by stewards.

Price still believes Tarzino is on track for the ATC Derby and interstate Derby double, the bookmakers agreeing.

Along with the early favourite Price also paid the first acceptance fee for Man Of Choice who ran a disappointing 11th beating home just two runners in last Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney.

The other best fancied of the ATC Derby first acceptances in pre-field markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is the horse that beat Tarzino home in the Australian Guineas, Palentino from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Darren Weir.

Palentino lost the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on protest to second-past-the-post Tivaci, but survived another protest to come away with last weekend’s Group 1 over the mile.

The Teofilo colt’s record now stands at three wins and two seconds from six starts, the Guineas his longest-distanced test to date.

While Kris Lees’ Randwick Guineas Le Romain is in the mix for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) instead of the ATC Derby, the third placegetter out of the same race Gold Ambition is entered for the longer feature.

Prepared by Bjorn Baker, Savabeel gelding Gold Ambition was a $41 roughie in Randwick Guineas markets but caught the eye with a third beaten only one and a half lengths.

Another notable Randwick Guineas graduate high up the futures Australian Derby odds currently is the lightly raced Anthony Cummings-trained fifth placed Road To Rock gelding Montaigne.

Third to Press Statement in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) the run before, Montaigne was beaten only two and a half lengths in the Group 1 and is tipped to relish any extra distance looking further ahead this autumn.

The last filly to beat home the boys in the Australian Derby was the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamrocker (2011), the best fancied of the girls this year being Jameka.

Caulfield’s Ciaron Maher trains the daughter of Myboycharlie, winner of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November, whose last start was a fifth in the Australian Guineas.

A total of five fillies feature in the Australian Derby first acceptances with Jameka joined by the John Sargent-trained Karaka Lass, her stablemate Rainbow Park, Bryce HeysO’Reilly’s Angel and Honesta.

Prepared by John Thompson, Monaco Consul grey Honesta was runner-up in both the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick and the Crown Oaks during the spring before a first-up sixth to the undefeated Ghisoni in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on February 27.

Other notable Australian Derby hopes still in the mix include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Australian Guineas fourth placegetter River Wild and the in-form John O’Shea-trained Street Cry colt Tally who won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The complete Australian Derby 2016 first acceptances are found below, the final field and barriers out on Tuesday March 29.

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2016 Australian Derby First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 02/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Hcp. Rating
1 1×4 ADMIRAL JELLO C 3 Kris Lees 56.5kg 63
2 74372×5122 ALFDEN G 3 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 56.5kg 56
3 0x7522x741 ASCOT RED G 3 John Sargent 56.5kg 48
4 8182170×70 AYERS ROCK G 3 Shawn Mathrick 56.5kg
5 04711×477 BALMAIN BOY G 3 Les Bridge 56.5kg 72
6 571801463 BULLISH STOCK (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
7 16 CHARLEVOIX C 3 Michael Kent 56.5kg
8 5×132 COOL CHAP G 3 Peter G Moody 56.5kg
9 2251×91 CROSLEY HOTSHOT G 3 Bjorn Baker 56.5kg 70
10 1×226 DATA POINT C 3 Michael Kent 56.5kg 66
11 313632×90 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg 88
12 1436532212 FLYING LIGHT G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
13 x69358x823 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 56.5kg 73
14 8140×630 HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 56.5kg 67
15 023 HIT THE FLOOR C 3 James Cummings 56.5kg
16 7x6131x70 HURSLEY (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg 72
17 2x4132x024 I’M BELUCCI C 3 Desleigh Forster 56.5kg
18 1721620×96 JADEER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56.5kg
19 02321×51 LAST TYPHOON C 3 Peter G Moody 56.5kg
20 1410 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 3 James Bridge 56.5kg 70
21 1371330×70 MAN OF CHOICE G 3 Luke Price 56.5kg 78
22 43x51x6523 MANHATTAN SON G 3 Clarry Conners 56.5kg 64
23 21135 MONTAIGNE (NZ) G 3 Anthony Cummings 56.5kg 78
24 6x61x1 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg 71
25 211×721 PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir 56.5kg 80
26 210321233 RAGHU (NZ) C 3 Tony Pike 56.5kg
27 13×41184 RIVER WILD C 3 Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg 76
28 x703452x00 SCHOPENHAUER (NZ) G 3 Craig Ritchie 56.5kg 53
29 172029×408 SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg 82
30 6x8214x3 SKULDUGGERY G 3 Danny O’Brien 56.5kg
31 17148×659 SOVEREIGN NATION C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
32 84151 SPANISH STRIDE G 3 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 56.5kg 66
33 7×32326220 SPLENDIDO (NZ) G 3 Bruce Wallace 56.5kg
34 52215×111 TALLY C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg
35 311731×42 TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 56.5kg 104
36 32542229×9 TATOOSH G 3 Paul Perry 56.5kg 77
37 211306 TAVAGO (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
38 x416211x88 TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg 77
39 016 TRIANTAN C 3 John P Thompson 56.5kg 62
40 2462111×06 VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg 100
41 7x10343x81 WAR LEGEND (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 56.5kg
42 1567412 WHAT’S THE STORY (NZ) C 3 Stephen Mckee 56.5kg
43 42112222×6 HONESTA F 3 John P Thompson 54.5kg 95
44 1x33211x45 JAMEKA F 3 Ciaron Maher 54.5kg
45 37×9 KARAKA LASS F 3 John Sargent 54.5kg 51
46 77×4 O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ) F 3 Bryce Heys 54.5kg
47 05×02 RAINBOW PARK (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 54.5kg 53


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