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.

2018 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #6 Levendi
  • 2nd: #1 Ace High
  • 3rd: #3 Tangled



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.

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 ran on Saturday April 7, 2018 and was won in a thrilling photo finish by Levendi.

Australian Derby 2018
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

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 Results

  • 1st: #6 Levendi
  • 2nd: #1 Ace High
  • 3rd: #3 Tangled

See below for the full Australian Derby 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the Group 1 staying win by the Peter Gelagotis-trained Levendi on the quick back-up to do the Tulloch Stakes – ATC Derby double that Jon Snow (2017) won the year before. Levendi fought off the David Payne-trained favourite and VRC Derby winner from the spring Ace High in a thrilling battle to the line.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 6 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg $6
2 1 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 0.1L 2 56.5kg $5EF
3 3 TANGLED Chris Waller Michael Walker 5.9L 9 56.5kg $26
4 2 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Waddell 6.5L 4 56.5kg $9
5 16 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 6.8L 10 56.5kg $26
6 8 FURORE (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 8.3L 7 56.5kg $5EF
7 4 MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 8.7L 6 56.5kg $12
8 15 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 9.6L 18 56.5kg $51
9 10 WEATHER WITH YOU Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 10.3L 1 56.5kg $21
10 17 CONDOR Paul Perry Craig Newitt 10.6L 13 56.5kg $151
11 13 ENDOWMENT (NZ) Chris Gibbs Damien Oliver 14.4L 14 56.5kg $71
12 14 BELFAST Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 15.3L 15 56.5kg $14
13 12 MISSION HILL Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 15.6L 8 56.5kg $12
14 5 CAPITAL GAIN Paul Butterworth Ben Melham 22.3L 12 56.5kg $101
15 9 SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Purton 23.3L 17 56.5kg $21
16 18 PISSARO Robbie Laing Sam Clipperton 30.3L 11 56.5kg $301
17 7 ASTORIA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 35.8L 5 56.5kg $21
18 11 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 99L 16 56.5kg $101
20e LOVE WAVES (NZ) Anthony & Edward Cummings 0
19e YURALLA BOY Todd Howlett 0

2018 Australian Derby Tips

  • 1st: #2 Vin De Dance
  • 2nd: #6 Levendi
  • 3rd: #1 Ace High

Check out our insider ATC Derby 2018 Tips & Odds Update now.

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.

Read our full 2018 ATC Derby Form Guide & Betting Preview now.

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.

The Australian Derby 2018 Final Field is now out, the three-years-old classic attracting a full 18 starters plus two emergencies. The spring’s VRC Derby winner Ace High in barrier two is narrow favourite in ATC Derby betting out to improve on a lead-up sixth in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m). The Kiwi raider Vin De Dance won the NZ Derby two back before a Rosehill Guineas fourth and shapes-up as a danger in barrier four, while the Kris Lees-trained Pierro gelding Furore won his opening four career starts before a Rosehill Guineas third on Golden Slipper Day.

Read more on the 2018 Australian Derby Field & Barriers where Ace High is drawn gate 2.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 55111×5546 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 2 56.5kg 107
2 2235×46314 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Waddell 4 56.5kg 102
3 x94220x602 TANGLED Chris Waller Michael Walker 10 56.5kg 94
4 921×132728 MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg 90
5 2251×60090 CAPITAL GAIN Paul Butterworth Ben Melham 14 56.5kg 88
6 x1661x5021 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 88
7 15533×3242 ASTORIA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg 87
8 11113 FURORE (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 8 56.5kg 86
9 2x2273x294 SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Purton 19 56.5kg 82
10 x24718x553 WEATHER WITH YOU Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 1 56.5kg 80
11 141640 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 18 56.5kg 80
12 211×11567 MISSION HILL Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 79
13 1324850 ENDOWMENT (NZ) Chris Gibbs Damien Oliver 16 56.5kg 79
14 112435 BELFAST Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 17 56.5kg 77
15 3742114 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Williams 20 56.5kg 77
16 212135×400 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 12 56.5kg 75
17 3235×21280 CONDOR Paul Perry Craig Newitt 15 56.5kg 69
18 1644×04950 PISSARO Robbie Laing Sam Clipperton 13 56.5kg 68
19e x973451319 YURALLA BOY Todd Howlett TBA 7 56.5kg 62
20e 2210 LOVE WAVES (NZ) Anthony & Edward Cummings TBA 11 56.5kg 63

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.

View the full Ace High-led 2018 ATC Derby First Acceptances.

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.

View the official 2018 Australian Derby Nominations & Early Favourites.

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019 Australian Derby 1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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