Order Again Tops Queensland Derby 2017 First Acceptances

Brian Smith’s locally-trained Grand Prix Stakes winner Order Again headlines the 2017 Queensland Derby first acceptances taken this week ahead of the Stradbroke Handicap Day classic on June 10.

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Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon is being kept safe in futures 2017 Queensland Derby betting post-first acceptances for the Group 1 winter feature. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

This year’s $600,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby has been moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and instead of taking place over 2400m will be run and won over 2200m.

Earlier in the season the three-years-old staying showdown attracted 98 nominations, a figure cut to 24 at first acceptance stage on Wednesday.

There will officially be 25 Queensland Derby first acceptances however with a late entry to be made for Shocking Luck.

The Kiwi-trained galloper was one of two Te Akau Racing horses that missed the cut-off for Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap Day first declarations along with JJ Atkins-bound Melody Belle.

Leading the updated futures Queensland Derby odds post-first acceptances as well as the latest order of entry is Order Again ($5) who has won two of his past three starts.

The Iffraaj three-year-old is yet to post a win from three runs at the Doomben track, but held on in a tight finish at Eagle Farm last Saturday to win the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m).

Runner-up in the Grand Prix Stakes, Volatile Mix, now shares $5 equal favouritism in pre-field Queensland Derby betting.

Darren Weir prepares the Pentire three-year-old who won the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) two back in Adelaide.

Weir does have concerns however about the change of course and distance for this year’s Queensland Derby with Volatile Mix looking better suited to the 2400m than 2200m.

Victoria’s best, Weir has a total of three Queensland Derby entries at this stage with Volatile Mix joined by one-time favourite Mongolian Wolf and Rockstar Rebel.

After a win over 2200m at Ballarat on May 24, Rockstar Rebel will make the trip to Brisbane next week.

A decision is still pending on stablemate Mongolian Wolf after the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) winner in Sydney during April failed to make an impression running 11th over 2000m at Caulfield next-up.

Following Order Again and Volatile Mix in the Queensland Derby markets is the aforementioned Shocking Luck ($6) prepared across the Tasman by Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards.

Connections confirmed the son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking was still Queensland Derby bound and that his non-acceptance was simply a miscommunication.

He won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben defeating Order Again by nearly three lengths in mid-May before his midfield sixth in the Grand Prix Stakes.

The bookies are also taking no chances with reigning Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon and the consistent Ciaron Maher-trained Domesday colt Ruthven both at $7 to win following first acceptances.

Ruthven has been on fire this prep including his fourth when two lengths off the winner Jon Snow in Randwick’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in April and his last start SA Derby second to Volatile Mix.

See below for the current Queensland Derby 2017 first acceptances before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing odds and offers.

2017 Queensland Derby First Acceptances

Doomben Racecourse – 10/06/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 4213×5121 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 3 Brian Smith 1 57kg
2 51×6202720 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 2 57kg
3 215×517412 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) G 3 Darren Weir 3 57kg
4 112×522422 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 4 57kg
5 24121×1610 BLACK ON GOLD G 3 Chris Waller 5 57kg
6 408×113010 MONGOLIAN WOLF G 3 Darren Weir 6 57kg
7 28×6446243 VIOLATE C 3 Brent Stanley 7 57kg
8 91×311925 SIZZLING BULLET C 3 Chris Waller 8 57kg
9 4231×2261 MONASTERIO (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 9 57kg
10 8462421153 WU GOK G 3 Chris Waller 10 57kg
11 4410311764 HERE HE COMES (NZ) G 3 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 11 57kg
12 312×513722 FONTEIN LAD G 3 Greg Eurell 12 57kg
13 123×445421 ROCKSTAR REBEL C 3 Darren Weir 13 57kg
14 64×1701457 GARBHAN G 3 Mitch Newman 14 57kg
15 16×5062061 SHINE TAK STAR G 3 John Sargent 15 57kg
16 9500332105 DAZZLE EM SID G 3 Matt Kropp 16 57kg
17 422×13100 SHADOW VISION G 3 Kurt Goldman 17 57kg
18 x116x09244 MANDALAY BAY G 3 Matt Laurie 18 57kg
19 0x1157 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 19 57kg
20 x67716x158 HUNDRED G 3 Brett Lunney & Thomas Lunney 20 57kg
21 95x227x15 ROYAL RECEIVER G 3 David Vandyke 21 57kg
22 0x621x520 THE BARRACUDA G 3 Matt Kropp 22 57kg
23 960×45818 WAKE UP VICTA G 3 Lindsay Gough 23 57kg
24 6×42357 SIDETRIP G 3 Scott Morrisey 24 57kg

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