37 Victoria Derby 2016 Acceptances Taken

Just thirty-seven three-year-old stayers remain in contention for Saturday week’s 2016 Victoria Derby after Racing Victoria (RV) took first acceptances for the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic.

Good Standing

Ladbrokes Classic winner Good Standing is among the 37 first acceptances taken for the 2016 Victoria Derby this Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Down from 106 nominations back in late September, the first declarations for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) are full of young talent.

One of four elite levels on the Derby Day card running on Saturday October 29 as the first of four Melbourne Cup Carnival meetings, the set weights race has a capacity field of only 16 starters.

Currently heading the Victoria Derby ballot order post-first acceptances is the James Cummings-trained Group 1 winner Prized Icon.

He won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney during the autumn, and was last seen running under a length away third to 2016 Cox Plate hopeful Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Prized Icon is as yet untested in Melbourne, but is nominated for a Cox Plate Day run this weekend in the $200,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).

The Vase has produced plenty of recent VRC Derby winners including Tarzino (3rd in 2015) just last season.

Last weekend’s $500,000 Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) winner on Caulfield Cup Day Good Standing is another Cummings-trained Derby fancy this year.

The Artie Schiller colt saluted for the punters in the clash defeating Rocketeer (2nd) and Inference (3rd).

The Ladbrokes Classic placegetters are currently high-up the pre-field Victoria Derby odds at bookmakers around the country, tipped to improve over more meters.

Rocketeer is prepared by Mick Price who won the VRC Derby 12 months ago with the aforementioned Tarzino (2015).

The Smart Missile gelding is a perennial placegetter having run second in his four latest runs on the trot, which he’ll be out to go one better than in the classic run on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.

Inference is a son of So You Think who is on the up-and-up for Team Hawkes having run fourth in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley before the third to Good Standing.

Co-trainer John Hawkes prepared the 1998 Victoria Derby winner Arena and along with Inference, also prepares Swear for a bid this year in partnership with his sons Wayne and Michael.

Swear is a Redoute’s Choice colt who comes off the Spring Champion Stakes second to Yankee Rose.

As well as the Ladbrokes Classic trifecta, the fourth and fifth over the line in the race registered as the Norman Robinson Stakes are also still entered for the Victoria Derby with the Ciaron Maher-trained roughie Beach Life (4th) and the Chris Waller-trained Wine Bush (5th).

Sydney’s best Waller won the Victoria Derby two years ago with Preferment (2014) who came off a second in the Listed Geelong Classic, that lead-up taking place this Wednesday on Geelong Cup Day.

Along with his recent UCI Stakes winner Wine Bush, Waller also still has Gloaming Stakes winner Veladero and Fastnet Rock colt Tumultuous among the VRC Derby first acceptances.

Notable omissions from the possible runners in this year’s VRC Derby field include Stutt Stakes winner and Caulfield Guineas third placegetter Hey Doc and the Guineas winner Divine Prophet who is being spelled ahead of the autumn.

The 2016 Victoria Derby final field and barriers are out on October 26 at 9:30am (AEDT) so stay tuned.

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2016 VRC Derby First Acceptances

Flemington Racecourse – 29/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 23211×4633 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 1 55.5kg
2 216x161x18 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 2 55.5kg
3 x105x95371 GOOD STANDING C 3 James Cummings 3 55.5kg
4 1216×4542 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 55.5kg
5 1×162 SWEAR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 55.5kg
6 634×1114 VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller 6 55.5kg
7 6×512222 ROCKETEER G 3 Mick Price 7 55.5kg
8 6x7431x223 MORVADA G 3 Peter Jolly 8 55.5kg
9 73×37515 WINE BUSH C 3 Chris Waller 9 55.5kg
10 112 SILVERA C 3 Tony McEvoy 10 55.5kg
11 21×1143 INFERENCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 55.5kg
12 3×6115 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 53.5kg
13 5×221 THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 3 Robert Smerdon 13 55.5kg
14 1139 HIGHLAD C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 14 55.5kg
15 2x21x6258 KENT G 3 John O’Shea 15 55.5kg
16 26×165 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 16 55.5kg
17 1×1348 RETALIATION C 3 John O’Shea 17 55.5kg
18 26×6194 BEACH LIFE G 3 Ciaron Maher 18 55.5kg
19 6135902 BACK TO THE BOWLER G 3 Stuart Webb 19 55.5kg
20 54262 NEMRUD C 3 John O’Shea 20 55.5kg
21 5154656 TUMULTUOUS C 3 Chris Waller 21 55.5kg
22 7415×960 CAPTAIN DUFFY C 3 Phillip Stokes 22 55.5kg
23 7103×98 ALL OUT OF LOVE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 23 55.5kg
24 8×63160 WIMBORNE C 3 Robbie Laing 24 55.5kg
25 744×5315 RESORT G 3 John O’Shea 25 55.5kg
26 06×531 ZOFFMAN G 3 Aaron Purcell 26 55.5kg
27 1×544 PETER JOHN (NZ) G 3 John Sargent 27 55.5kg
28 310 MR ALOOF G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 28 55.5kg
29 8×53533 HOLLYWOOD MO C 3 Paul Perry 29 55.5kg
30 1 EVELYN C 3 Robbie Laing 30 55.5kg
31 3232 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 31 55.5kg
32 23455 STATELY BOY G 3 Shea Eden 32 55.5kg
33 235 PABLO’S EXPRESS G 3 Greg Eurell 33 55.5kg
34 43 JAMIESON C 3 Robbie Laing 34 55.5kg
35 639 KALALO G 3 Matthew Brown 35 55.5kg
36 7×44 NORTHERN CAPTAIN G 3 Mick Price 36 55.5kg
37 0954 SHINE TAK STAR G 3 John Sargent 37 55.5kg


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