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The 2018 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.
Australian Derby News
The 2018 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 a half) and offers $2 million in total prize money.
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 2018 Australia Derby runs on Saturday April 7, 2018 .
|Australian Derby 2018|
|Date:||Saturday April 7, 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
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).
2018 Australian Derby Form Guide
Our comprehensive Australian Derby 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview featuring facts like the most successful Australian Derby barriers and trainers will be available below the week of the race.
2018 Australian Derby Betting Odds
Over the autumn the all-in and final field Australian Derby 2018 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au complete with market links to the Group 1 staying clash will be available below.
2018 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 2018 Australian Derby field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday April 3, 2018 and will be published in full below.
2018 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 2018 Australian Derby First Acceptances are open until Tuesday March 13, 2018 and the updated list of hopeful three-year-old stayers will be made available below once announced.
The Australian Derby 2018 First Acceptances attracted 67 three-year-old stayers including the David Payne-trained VRC Derby champ from the spring Ace High who has been improving each run this time in including the promising fourth to Kementari in the Randwick Guineas (1600m). The Kiwis are still well-represented in the Australian Derby First Declarations with the likes of Murray Baker’s NZ Derby winner Vin De Dance and Age Of Fire – unplaced in the Randwick Guineas on debut down under – in the mix for the across the Tasman raiders.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||155111×554||ACE HIGH||C||3||David Payne||107|
|2||21321130||AGE OF FIRE||C||3||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||100|
|7||9×144||BABY BACK SHAK (NZ)||G||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||62|
|9||1124||BELFAST||C||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–|
|10||432102×23||BRING ME ROSES||F||3||Tony McEvoy||92|
|11||67x341x736||BULLET SHOT||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||62|
|12||42251×6009||CAPITAL GAIN||G||3||Paul Butterworth||88|
|13||8x211x41||CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ)||F||3||Kris Lees||62|
|15||4331411317||CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (NZ)||C||3||Darren Weir||–|
|16||812126×127||CLIFF’S EDGE||C||3||Darren Weir||98|
|18||671||CREEDENCE||G||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
|20||–||ENDOWMENT (NZ)||G||3||Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs||–|
|22||1513||FOLLOW ON||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||66|
|23||1111||FURORE (NZ)||G||3||Kris Lees||67|
|25||–||GUNDOWN||C||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||–|
|26||40x2x||HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ)||G||3||Henry Dwyer||–|
|27||231||HIGH ENERGY||G||3||Darren Weir||–|
|28||5x12343x||HIYAAM (NZ)||F||3||Mick Price||85|
|29||6425x2170x||ICON OF DUBAI||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||–|
|30||311×626||KAONIC (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||72|
|31||4×717||LET’S GO CHAMP||G||3||Michael Costa||–|
|33||2×5||LIVE AND FREE (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea||–|
|34||22||LOVE WAVES (NZ)||G||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||–|
|35||1776214×6||LUVALUVA (NZ)||F||3||John Sargent||83|
|36||x212135x40||MAIN STAGE (NZ)||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||75|
|37||211×1156||MISSION HILL||G||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||79|
|38||374211||MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ)||G||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||–|
|39||–||MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ)||G||3||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||–|
|40||3x9152x336||MURAAQEB||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||76|
|42||582||NORTH AFRIKA||G||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||–|
|43||4x1225x271||OUR MANTRA||G||3||Joseph Pride||70|
|44||312×1720||PEACEFUL STATE||C||3||Darren Weir||77|
|45||67||PHARISEE||G||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||–|
|47||23×22||PRIMITIVO||G||3||John P Thompson||66|
|48||1||REMARKABLE SON (NZ)||G||3||David Vandyke||–|
|49||422165×9||RUNAWAY||R||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||67|
|50||12x2273x29||SALSAMOR (NZ)||C||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–|
|52||22||SINGA GLORY (NZ)||G||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||58|
|53||0x474||SO STRONG (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea||–|
|54||31×512||SO YOU WIN||G||3||Chris Waller||71|
|55||1||SONDELON||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||–|
|57||74×120||TANGMERE (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||68|
|58||85×6144332||TERWILLIKER||G||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||61|
|59||14164||THE MAYOR (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller||–|
|61||12235×4631||VIN DE DANCE (NZ)||G||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||–|
|62||22x24718x5||WEATHER WITH YOU||G||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||73|
|63||725×362||WHOOMPH||C||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||–|
|64||3267×9||WOLFE TONE (NZ)||C||3||Francis Finnegan||–|
|65||07×102||WON WON TOO (NZ)||G||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
|66||9×97345131||YURALLA BOY||G||3||Todd Howlett||53|
|67||87x||ZU MANTUA||C||3||Kristen Buchanan||–|
2018 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.
The 2018 Australian Derby nominations close on Monday February 12, 2018 and will be published below as soon as released.
The official ATC Derby 2018 Nominations attracted 155 young stayers, up 22 from this time last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Australian Derby nominations for 2018 include 13 for Sydney’s top trainer Chris Waller who chases his first win in the event with the likes of Spring Champion Stakes runner-up Tangled and well-bred Frankel colt Tangmere.
Ace High remains the standout three-year-old nominated for the Australian Derby 2018 after David Payne-trained Victoria Derby winner Ace High resumed with a credible fifth in the Expressway Stakes.
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.
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
|2018 Australian Derby||1st||TBD||TBD|
|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|