Castelvecchio Tops 2020 Australian Derby Field & Betting

March 31, 2020

Castelvecchio Tops 2020 Australian Derby Field & Betting

Richard Litt’s last start Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio sits top of the Australian Derby 2020 field and betting markets for Saturday at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.

Castelvecchio. Photo: Steve Hart.

Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio is tipped to take out the 2020 ATC Derby on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

This season’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) final field features a dozen young stayers competing for a reduced $1 million in prizemoney due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It shapes up as a highly competitive edition of the mile and a half classic and current Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Dundeel colt Castelvecchio at $3.20 for the win.

The spring’s eye-catching Ladbrokes Cox Plate runner-up saluted third-up on March 21 when winning the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) ahead of his distance test this weekend.

Jockey James McDonald comes aboard for the ride chasing his second ATC Derby success after that aboard the Kiwi galloper, Castelvecchio’s sire, Dundeel back in 2013.

Drawn gate nine, Castelvecchio is out to do the Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double for the first time since Criterion (2014).

Hot on his heels in Australian Derby betting at $3.60 to turn the tables is then Mark Newnham’s Randwick Guineas champ Shadow Hero coming off a fourth in the Rosehill Guineas.

The Pierro gelding won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last October defeating Castelvecchio and was impressive in the Randwick Guineas over a mile second-up, but had a luckless run for fourth in the Rosehill Guineas last time out.

Joshua Parr retains the ride on Saturday for the rematch with Shadow Hero in barrier seven as he goes out over further than 2000m for the first time since his distant fifth when 10 lengths beaten in Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m) last November.

The VRC Derby champion Warning also lines-up in the Australian Derby field on the weekend as the $5 third favourite.

Warning is out to be the first Victorian Derby winner to return and take out the Australian Derby since Mahogany (1993, 1994) and presents fit fourth-up.

The Anthony Freedman-trained Declaration Of War gelding is proven over the distance having dominated the Flemington race by over three lengths in the spring.

He ran fifth in both the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas results, but gets his chance to prove he can handle the Sydney way of racing from barrier 10 with Tommy Berry in the saddle on Saturday.

Rounding out the horses at single-figure Australian Derby odds this season at $8.50 is then the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Quick Thinker.

The Kiwi won his way into the field via a dominant performance in last weekend’s Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and is on the quick back-up this weekend.

Both Levendi (2018) and Angel Of Truth (2019) completed the Tulloch Stakes – Australian Derby double meaning Quick Thinker is out to do the feat for the third time in as many years.

His Cambridge-based trainer Baker meanwhile chases a fifth Australian Derby victory, his latest coming in partnership with Forsman in 2017 with Jon Snow.

Click here for the latest Australian Derby 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Australian Derby Field & Barriers

# 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

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