Shamrocker Firms in 2011 AJC Australian Derby Odds

April 7, 2011

Shamrocker Firms in 2011 AJC Australian Derby Odds

The sole filly in this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m), the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamrocker, has been one of the best backed runners to claim an upset over glamour Kiwi colt Jimmy Choux at Randwick on Saturday.

Shamrocker

Shamrocker is an AJC Derby market firmer

While last-start Rosehill Guineas winner Jimmy Choux remains the favourite to win the 2011 AJC Derby after the Thorn Park colt came up trumps with barrier one, odds on second elect Shamrocker have shortened since final field markets opened yesterday.

Shamrocker has firmed in from $7.50 to $6.50 while Jimmy Choux has drifted slightly out from $2.10 to $2.15.

Runner-up to Brazilian Oaks in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the spring, O’reilly filly Shamrocker resumed with a first-up fourth to Southern Speed in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) on February 19 before she claimed a shock win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5.

Last start Shamrocker ran a credible third beaten one and a half lengths by Jimmy Choux in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 26.

On Saturday she has drawn barrier eight, the same gate she jumped from in the Rosehill Guineas, but will re-partner with her Australian Guineas winning jockey Glen Boss.

Boss remains confident that Shamrocker can return to form over the extra distance on Saturday and turn the tables on Jimmy Choux.

“Jimmy Choux is obviously the one to beat,” Boss said.

“He is very good as we saw in the Guineas, but Shamrocker will get the trip and can test him with a clear run.”

Jimmy Choux, however, is also ideally suited to the AJC Derby distance having won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 5.

History is also against Shamrocker being a filly.

This year marks the 150th running of the Australian Derby and in the previous 149 editions of the autumn feature only eight fillies have claimed victory.

Luxbet’s chief bookmaker Paul Vincent is also against Shamrocker for the Derby win.

“I’ll oppose Shamrocker,” Vincent told Races.com.au.

“I believe only champion fillies can win the Derby and she’s not that.”

The history doesn’t support Jimmy Choux either, however, if late money comes firming him into odds-on territory.

The last horse to start odds-on in the AJC Derby was Carnegie Express who was defeated by Don Eduardo as the $1.75 favourite in 2002.

Only one other AJC Derby hopeful has firmed in the markets with Domesky in from $41 to $31.

The Michael Kent-trained Domesday gelding won the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley on March 18 before failing to come within seven lengths of Jimmy Choux finishing 10th in the Rosehill Guineas after jumping out wide from gate 11.

Domesky has drawn better with barrier three for Saturday, which should see them come closer.

The 2011 David Jones 150th AJC Australian Derby will run as Race 7 at Randwick on Saturday jumping at 3:40pm (AEST).

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

South Australian Derby 2021 Re...

2021 Gold Coast Guineas Result...

2021 Gold Coast Guineas Results: Marboosha Salutes For Punters

The well-backed Dream Ahead filly Marboosha was too good off an on-speed run...

2021 Hollindale Stakes Day: Go...

2021 Hollindale Stakes Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival steps up a notch today, Saturday the...

Robert Sangster Stakes Day 202...

Robert Sangster Stakes Day 2021: Morphettville Scratchings & Track Report

The Group 1 action of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival continues at...

All Aged Stakes 2021 Results: ...

All Aged Stakes 2021 Results: Kolding Fights Back To Beat Savatiano

Chris Waller’s outstanding galloper Kolding kicked back late in a thrilling...

Race Results

South Australian Derby 2021 Results: Explosive Jack Enjoys Historical Win

2021 Hollindale Stakes Winner Zaaki Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

2021 Gold Coast Guineas Results: Marboosha Salutes For Punters

Doomben Cup Odds Firm on 2021 Warrnambool Cup Winner Le Don De Vie

All Aged Stakes 2021 Results: Kolding Fights Back To Beat Savatiano

Race Previews

2021 Scone Cup Field & Odds: Punters Hoping for Royal Celebration

2021 The Goodwood Field & Betting: Behemoth v Gytrash

Eduardo Dominates 2021 Doomben 10,000 Field & Odds

2021 Hollindale Stakes Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

AD Hollindale Stakes 2021 Field & Betting Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Fields & Form

2021 Scone Cup Field & Odds: Punters Hoping for Royal Celebration

2021 The Goodwood Field & Betting: Behemoth v Gytrash

Eduardo Dominates 2021 Doomben 10,000 Field & Odds

2021 Hollindale Stakes Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

AD Hollindale Stakes 2021 Field & Betting Update: Avilius Firming Favourite