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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
Australian Derby News
- The Championships Day 1: Doncaster Mile Day Scratchings & Track Report
- Castelvecchio Tops 2020 Australian Derby Field & Betting
- Tulloch Stakes Winner Quick Thinker a Quick Firmer in Australian Derby Market
- Punters Think Quick in Tulloch Stakes 2020 Betting
- 2020 Rosehill Guineas Results: Castelvecchio Claims Second Group 1 Win
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|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|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.
|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|
|5||17x11x98||CHAINS OF HONOUR||G||3||Gerald Ryan||76|
|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|
|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||–|
|18||54x832x195||GAME OF THORNS||F||3||Kris Lees||76|
|19||1120||GET THE IDEA||G||3||John Sargent||67|
|21||113×40||HEART OF PUISSANCE||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||72|
|23||452127||HOLY SUNDAY||G||3||John Sargent||54|
|25||31×63||LEGION OF MERIT (NZ)||G||3||Mitchell Freedman||–|
|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||–|
|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|
|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||–|
|41||4x3115x514||SHADOW HERO||G||3||Mark Newnham||107|
|42||x151341317||SHERWOOD FOREST||G||3||Tony Pike||100|
|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||–|
|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
|2020 Australian Derby||1st||Quick Thinker||2 minutes 34.24 seconds|
|3rd||Eric The Eel|
|2019 Australian Derby||1st||Angel Of Truth||2 minutes 35.67 seconds|
|2018 Australian Derby||1st||Levendi||2 minutes 28.73 seconds|
|2017 Australian Derby||1st||Jon Snow||2 minutes 38.18 seconds|
|2016 Australian Derby||1st||Tavago||2 minutes 33.6 seconds|
|2015 Australian Derby||1st||Mongolian Khan||2 minutes 37.10 seconds|
|2014 Australian Derby||1st||Criterion||2 minutes 38.49 seconds|
|2013 Australian Derby||1st||It’s A Dundeel||2 minutes 33.49 seconds|
|2012 Australian Derby||1st||Ethiopia||2 minutes 28.7 seconds|
|2011 Australian Derby||1st||Shamrocker||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|2010 Australian Derby||1st||Shoot Out||2 minutes 32.68 seconds|
|2009 Australian Derby||1st||Roman Emperor||2 minutes 31 seconds|
|2008 Australian Derby||1st||Nom De Jeu||2 minutes 36.2 seconds|
|2007 Australian Derby||1st||Flumicino||2 minutes 36.4 seconds|
|2006 Australian Derby||1st||Headturner||2 minutes 29.9 seconds|
|2005 Australian Derby||1st||Eremein||2 minutes 35.8 seconds|
|2004 Australian Derby||1st||Starcraft||2 minutes 34.8 seconds|
|2003 Australian Derby||1st||Clangalang||2 minutes 32.3 seconds|
|2002 Australian Derby||1st||Don Eduardo||2 minutes 32.7 seconds|
|2001 Australian Derby||1st||Universal Prince||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|
|2000 Australian Derby||1st||Fairway||2 minutes 34 seconds|