Capacity 2017 Victoria Derby Field Confirmed

October 31, 2017

Capacity 2017 Victoria Derby Field Confirmed

After a number of notable withdrawals the official Victoria Derby 2017 field for the big one at Flemington on Saturday has been confirmed and features a capacity line-up.

Main Stage

Main Stage has suffered a wide 2017 VRC Derby barrier draw in the capacity field for the Flemington Group 1 this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The premier race for three-year-old stayers during the spring, this season’s Group 1 $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) has attracted a full 16 starters plus an emergency in Beachwood (6).

Earlier in the week the Victoria Derby field lost a host of key early players including one-time favourite Cliff’s Edge after his distant second to Crown Oaks-bound filly Aloisia in last Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).

Royal Symphony was also a confirmed non-acceptor before Tuesday morning’s final entries, trainer Tony McEvoy not keen to back the youngster up out of his tough Cox Plate fourth where he suffered interference from Happy Clapper and the now suspended Damien Oliver.

Vin De Dance was a 50/50 chance to line-up in the VRC Derby field after the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Kiwi galloper’s Moonee Valley Vase fifth, but is missing from the line-up.

Instead the OTI Racing-owned Roc De Cambes gelding will be saved for VRC Oaks Day, November 9, contesting the Listed TCL Curved TV Stakes (1800m).

New favourite in Victoria Derby betting is then the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Reliable Man gelding Main Stage to be ridden by Michael Walker from out wide (14).

Two back the horse saluted at Flemington beating home Cliff’s Edge in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) before running third to the same horse in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

Polanski (1st in 2013) was the last graduate out of the Ladbrokes Classic, registered as the Norman Robinson Stakes, to win the Victoria Derby.

Main Stage is joined in the race by stablemates Sully also wide in barrier 15 and Johnny Vinko in a more favourable gate four draw, to be ridden by Hugh Bowman and Stephen Baster respectively.

The team also have the aforementioned emergency runner Beachwood in the mix.

Jockey Hugh Bowman chases a fourth VRC Derby winning ride this spring on Sully

Bowman is a three-time Victoria Derby winning jockey having been successful aboard New Zealand raiders Lion Tamer (2010) and Sangster (2011), as well as Polanski (2013).

The other best out of the Ladbrokes Classic from October 21 meanwhile out to frank the form in the Group 1 on Saturday is the Chris Waller-trained third placegetter Tangled in gate 11 with the in-form Blake Shinn riding.

Waller won the Victoria Derby in 2014 with Preferment and chases a second in 2017 saddling-up in-form Snitzel colt Tangled.

Tangled also ran second in Randwick’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) two back in Sydney and gets the chance to go one better stepping-up in distance on Derby Day.

Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High is another key acceptor in the Melbourne feature on the weekend, the David Payne-trained Sydney raider back in Melbourne for the first time since his fifth in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in March.

Ace High is looking to be the first Victoria Derby winner to come off a Sydney lead-up since Fiveandahalfstar who backed-up out of a fifth in Rosehill’s Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes and drew well in barrier three.

The aforementioned Sully is also out of a Spring Champion Stakes having placed a nice third beaten under three lengths.

The New Zealanders have an outstanding recent record in the Victoria Derby results and this year Baker & Forsman saddle-up last start Geelong Classic winner Weather With You from barrier two with Mark Zahra retaining the ride.

There are no fillies taking on the colts and geldings in this year’s VRC Derby field, connections of the impressive Vase winner Aloisia saving her for a run against her own kind in Thursday week’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m).

See below for the full Victoria Derby 2017 field, barriers and jockeys with updated odds available shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Victoria Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington – 04/11/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5564×15511 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 3 55.5kg 100
2 51100×9422 TANGLED Chris Waller Blake Shinn 11 55.5kg 90
3 120×31553 ASTORIA James Cummings Damian Lane 1 55.5kg 77
4 1617×42565 ESHTIRAAK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 5 55.5kg 70
5 3×21213 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 14 55.5kg 75
6 23×1143 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 15 55.5kg 77
7 422×2471 WEATHER WITH YOU Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 2 55.5kg 72
8 226×14554 ABERRO Matt Laurie Ben Melham 13 55.5kg 63
9 505×75164 PISSARO Robbie Laing Noel Callow 10 55.5kg 62
10 8325716 JUSTICE FAITH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 16 55.5kg 61
11 312 OCEAN’S FOURTEEN (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 7 55.5kg 67
12 0x121 GREYCLIFFE (NZ) Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 9 55.5kg 67
13 2230 JOHNNY VINKO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 4 55.5kg 63
14 004×547327 NOTHING TOO HARD Paul Perry Beau Mertens (a) 12 55.5kg 57
15 3210 ROCKARRAL Tony McEvoy John Allen 8 55.5kg 62
16 326 WOLFE TONE (NZ) Francis Finnegan Jye McNeil 17 55.5kg 60
17e 5×7822 BEACHWOOD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young TBA 6 55.5kg 56

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