Australian Derby

The Australian Derby is also known as the ATC Derby and takes place over 2400m at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #6 Quick Thinker
  • 2nd: #7 Zebrowski
  • 3rd: #5 Eric The Eel



The Australian Derby is a classic Group 1 race for three-year-olds. Held on the first Saturday in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the race takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’. This is a classic Derby, raced over a distance of 2400 metres (a mile and a half) and offers $2 million in total prize money.

The Australian Derby prizemoney for 2020 was been reduced to $1 million to help cope with the financial stress on the industry brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a set weights race, colts and geldings must carry 56.5kg and fillies must carry 54.5kg. The ATC Australian Derby is regarded as a prestigious event and attracts some of the greatest emerging stayers from around the country.

Run on Doncaster Mile Day the Australian Derby is one of four Group 1 races on the card along with the: $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m), $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

The 2020 Australia Derby ran on Saturday April 4, 2020 and was won in a thrilling finish by the Kiwi Quick Thinker for the race’s now five-time winning trainer Murray Baker. 

Australian Derby 2020
Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000 ($1,000,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

The key lead up races for the Australian Derby are the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) held two weeks earlier and the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) held one week before at Rosehill Gardens.

The Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double has recently been achieved by the likes of It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Criterion (2014).

The Tulloch Stakes – Australian Derby was achieved four times in as many years by: Jon Snow (2017), Levendi (2018), Angel Of Truth (2019) and Quick Thinker (2020).

2020 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #6 Quick Thinker
  • 2nd: #7 Zebrowski
  • 3rd: #5 Eric The Eel

There was a thrilling two-horse race to the line in the Australian Derby 2020 results with the Kiwi Quick Thinker ($8) narrowly edging out the Hawkes Racing-trained Zebrowski ($13) to complete the Tulloch Stakes – ATC Derby double for the fourth straight year and hand co-trainer Murray Baker with his fifth win in the staying classic.

Click here to read more on the historic ATC Derby 2020 win by Quick Thinker.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg $8
2 7 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 0.2L 4 56.5kg $13
3 5 ERIC THE EEL Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 1.5L 10 56.5kg $19
4 2 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7.5L 7 56.5kg $5.50
5 12 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8.5L 3 56.5kg $41
6 3 WARNING Anthony Freedman Tommy Berry 9L 9 56.5kg $5
7 8 CHAINS OF HONOUR Gerald Ryan Robbie Dolan (a) 9.3L 5 56.5kg $101
8 4 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Kerrin McEvoy 11.3L 11 56.5kg $19
9 1 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt James McDonald 21.5L 8 56.5kg $2.60F
10 9 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Brenton Avdulla 21.9L 2 56.5kg $41
11 10 DIASONIC Richard Laming Tim Clark 40.1L 1 56.5kg $61
11 GET THE IDEA John Sargent Jason Collett 0

2020 Australian Derby Betting Odds

Over the autumn the all-in and final field Australian Derby 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au complete with market links to the Group 1 staying clash will be available below.

2020 Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby field attracts a line-up of the season’s best three-year-old stayers. The majority of the horses that run in the ATC Derby field are colts and geldings, with the fillies generally running the following weekend in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) against their own kind.

The official 2020 Australian Derby field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 31, 2020 and will be published in full below.

The ATC Derby 2020 final field features a dozen young stayers with the Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio chasing the double from barrier nine as the narrow early favourite.

Hot on his heels in Australian Derby betting on the final field is Shadow Hero in gate seven, the Randwick Guineas champ looking to improve on his Rosehill Guineas fourth.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Australian Derby field and betting markets.

Update: #11 Get The Idea (8) is the only scratching from the ATC Derby 2020 field leaving 11 three-year-old stayers in the mix.

Full Doncaster Mile Day 2020 scratchings available here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x4722x681 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt James McDonald 9 56.5kg 110
2 4x3115x514 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7 56.5kg 107
3 x34121x755 WARNING Anthony Freedman Tommy Berry 10 56.5kg 103
4 x151341317 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Kerrin McEvoy 12 56.5kg 100
5 45x30x6131 ERIC THE EEL Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg
6 x1356x4231 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg 83
7 26×112 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 4 56.5kg 77
8 17x11x98 CHAINS OF HONOUR Gerald Ryan Robbie Brewer 5 56.5kg 76
9 947319×241 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Brenton Avdulla 2 56.5kg
10 155×4233 DIASONIC Richard Laming Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 73
11 1120 GET THE IDEA John Sargent Jason Collett 8 56.5kg 67
12 x66300x112 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56.5kg 65

2020 Australian Derby First Acceptances

About a month out from the race the Australian Derby first acceptances are taken by Racing NSW narrowing down the list of potential young stayers set to contest the Doncaster Mile Day showdown.

The official 2020 Australian Derby First Acceptances are open until Tuesday March 10, 2020 and the updated list of hopeful three-year-old stayers will be made available below once announced.

The ATC Derby 2020 first acceptances left 53 three-year-old stayers in the mix including the Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio, the Randwick Guineas champ Shadow Hero and last year’s VRC Derby hero Warning.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 3212×7815 BLAZING SUNRISE G 3 Kris Lees 63
2 17104×18 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87
3 x22122x134 BRANDENBURG (NZ) C 3 John Sargent 107
4 1x4722x681 CASTELVECCHIO C 3 Richard Litt 110
5 17x11x98 CHAINS OF HONOUR G 3 Gerald Ryan 76
6 12×349 CHENIER C 3 Anthony Freedman 84
7 4254126×31 CHUCK A LUCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 74
8 7×61107 CLASSIC BRIGHT C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
9 1423642129 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 87
10 4182x406x6 CREATOR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 69
11 155×4233 DIASONIC G 3 Richard Laming 73
12 36×31 ENTENTE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 62
13 45x30x6131 ERIC THE EEL G 3 Stuart Kendrick
14 5x1421x438 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
15 1134×906 FORTRESS COMMAND C 3 Gerald Ryan 74
16 6230×344 FRANKIE BLUE EYES (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
17 11x211x214 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller 106
18 54x832x195 GAME OF THORNS F 3 Kris Lees 76
19 1120 GET THE IDEA G 3 John Sargent 67
20 86224 GREYDOTCOM G 3 Michael Moroney
21 113×40 HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
22 6×34317 HIGHMASTER G 3 Gwenda Markwell 58
23 452127 HOLY SUNDAY G 3 John Sargent 54
24 4120 IMPACTFUL C 3 Chris Waller 66
25 31×63 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman
26 52121×90 LEWIS G 3 Chris Waller 69
27 26724×426 LIAM’S THE BOSS G 3 Brad Widdup
28 x113411x84 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
29 7182295 MOUNT MADEIRA (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
30 18×6367 MYSTERY TRICK G 3 Bjorn Baker
31 3x3121x406 PANCHO G 3 Chris Waller 87
32 651x PINEAPPLE GIRL F 3 Michael Moroney
33 2×2118 PRIDE OF ADELAIDE G 3 Nathan Doyle 65
34 x1356x4231 QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 83
35 123×8243 RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller 96
36 23234×1424 RELUCENT (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 69
37 x66300x112 SACRAMENTO G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 65
38 6717×53523 SCICONIC G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 57
39 7631113230 SCORPZ (NZ) C 3 Stephen Marsh
40 77x8259x61 SERENGETI G 3 Danny O’Brien
41 4x3115x514 SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham 107
42 x151341317 SHERWOOD FOREST G 3 Tony Pike 100
43 31666×2049 SIRMAZE G 3 Jason Coyle 60
44 947319×241 SKIDDAW C 3 Danny O’Brien
45 01141×5060 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 83
46 51×21155 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
47 3x25110x78 THOUGHT OF THAT G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
48 2323x TIBETAN (NZ) G 3 Andrew R Campbell
49 6275 UNAMERICAN G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
50 771197 VISCOSITY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
51 x34121x755 WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 103
52 11x7L0x674 YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
53 26×112 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 77

2020 Australian Derby Nominations

Like all of the Group 1 races run at Randwick Racecourse on Doncaster Mile Day, the Australian Derby nominations close in early February around two months before the race takes place and often attract over 100 early entries.

Australian Derby History

With names such as Phar Lap, Tulloch and Kingstown Town included in the list of race winners, it’s little wonder why this race is so highly regarded in the industry. First won by Kyogle in 1861, the event was titled the Randwick Derby Stakes. In 1865, it was changed to the Australian Derby Stakes and in 1994 it was given its current name.

The Derby was originally run over 1 1/2 miles however was changed in 1972 to 2400m to conform to the metric system. Between 1932 and 1956 geldings were banned from competing in the race.

The 2020 Australian Derby results saw Quick Thinker become the fourth horse in as many years to do the Tulloch Stakes – ATC Derby double. The Kiwi also handed co-trainer Murray Baker with his fifth win in the classic.

See below for the full Australian Derby results going back to 2000.

Australian Derby Records
Time Record: 2:28.41 – Octagonal (1996)
Largest Winning Margin: 10 Lengths – Trident (1886)
Most wins by a Jockey: 6 Wins – Thomas Hales (1875, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1887)

Recent Australian Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020 Australian Derby 1st Quick Thinker 2 minutes 34.24 seconds
2nd Zebrowski
3rd Eric The Eel
2019 Australian Derby 1st Angel Of Truth 2 minutes 35.67 seconds
2nd Madison County
3rd Surely Sacred
2018 Australian Derby 1st Levendi 2 minutes 28.73 seconds
2nd Ace High
3rd Tangled
2017 Australian Derby 1st Jon Snow 2 minutes 38.18 seconds
2nd Harper’s Choice
3rd Hardham
2016 Australian Derby 1st Tavago 2 minutes 33.6 seconds
2nd Jameka
3rd Tally
2015 Australian Derby 1st Mongolian Khan 2 minutes 37.10 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd Volkstok’n’barrell
2014 Australian Derby 1st Criterion 2 minutes 38.49 seconds
2nd Tupac Amaru
3rd Hooked
2013 Australian Derby 1st It’s A Dundeel 2 minutes 33.49 seconds
2nd Philippi
3rd Kingdoms
2012 Australian Derby 1st Ethiopia 2 minutes 28.7 seconds
2nd Polish Knight
3rd Laser Hawk
2011 Australian Derby 1st Shamrocker 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Retrieve
3rd Anacheeva
2010 Australian Derby 1st Shoot Out 2 minutes 32.68 seconds
2nd Descarado
3rd Monaco Consul
2009 Australian Derby 1st Roman Emperor 2 minutes 31 seconds
2nd Harris Tweed
3rd Predatory Pricer
2008 Australian Derby 1st Nom De Jeu 2 minutes 36.2 seconds
2nd Red Ruler
3rd Littorio
2007 Australian Derby 1st Flumicino 2 minutes 36.4 seconds
2nd Ambitious General
3rd Tuesday Joy
2006 Australian Derby 1st Headturner 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd De Beers
3rd Testafiable
2005 Australian Derby 1st Eremein 2 minutes 35.8 seconds
2nd Stella Grande
3rd Railings
2004 Australian Derby 1st Starcraft 2 minutes 34.8 seconds
2nd Braeloch
3rd Delzao
2003 Australian Derby 1st Clangalang 2 minutes 32.3 seconds
2nd Strasbourg
3rd Mummify
2002 Australian Derby 1st Don Eduardo 2 minutes 32.7 seconds
2nd Carnegie Express
3rd Pentastic
2001 Australian Derby 1st Universal Prince 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Sir Clive
3rd Danamite
2000 Australian Derby 1st Fairway 2 minutes 34 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Now Voyager

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