Explosive Jack Dominates 2021 Queensland Derby Field & Betting

May 27, 2021

Explosive Jack Dominates 2021 Queensland Derby Field & Betting

Explosive Jack is the hard-to-beat favourite in Saturday’s Queensland Derby 2021 with the star Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained three-year-old chasing a rare Derby four-peat.

Explosive Jack Horse Form. (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Explosive Jack is the young stayer to beat in Saturday’s 2021 Queensland Derby field. Photo: Steve Hart.

The bookies are taking no chances with the talented Jakkalberry colt who already boasts wins in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m), Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) and Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Eagle Farm.

Explosive Jack was ultra-impressive on May 8 at Morphettville backing up from his narrow Australian Derby success in Sydney to win the South Australian Derby running away.

He had over two lengths to spare on the line and pulled up so well connections have opted to run him again this time in Brisbane’s Group 1 $600,000 Queensland Derby (2400m).

With nothing to prove, Explosive Jack is drawn in barrier six with Irishman John Allen aboard once more, the galloper sitting top of the Queensland Derby odds at $2.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Allen chases a 10th Derby win in Australia since 2016, but history is against him being aboard the season’s SA Derby winner.

Since 1984, when the SA Derby was moved to its autumn space on the calendar, no horse has done the double and all four champions of the Adelaide feature running unplaced in the Brisbane equivalent.

Explosive Jack is also out to break a notable hoodoo for Australian Derby winners in the Queensland Derby with Strawberry Road (1983) the last to do the double.

If any horse can do it, however, Allen is convinced it is Explosive Jack.

“He is obviously the toughest one of the lot, he just keeps turning up and he has improved each time – the best thing is that he just keeps getting better,” the jockey told Racenet this week.

“His staying ability really comes to the fore in those staying races, Ciaron (Maher) identified that early because his second run was over 2100m – they’ve always had him pinned as a stayer.”

The 2021 Queensland Derby field features a capacity 18 runners but outside of Explosive Jack just two other runners are at single-figures in the markets to win with the widely-drawn Senor Toba ($5) and the SA Derby runner-up Let’s Karaka Deel ($8).

Ace Sydney trainer Chris Waller won the event back in 2013 with Hawkspur and is after a second in 2021 saddling-up Toronado gelding Senor Toba in the outside barrier.

The progressive youngster won Randwick’s Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) two back before a lead-up third – with excuses – in Doomben’s Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) on May 15.

He missed the kick in the Rough Habit and was doing his best work late suggesting he will appreciate the extra metres on the weekend with his Frank Packer winning hoop Hugh Bowman coming back aboard.

Let’s Karaka Deel has drawn a treat in gate three for jockey Ben Allen, the Dundeel colt coming off that second in the SA Derby behind his star stablemate.

The SA Derby results saw Let’s Karaka Deel run second for the third time on the trot, the galloper out to shrug his perennial placegetter status with one last crack at them this weekend.

Of the double-figure fancies those tipped most likely to score an upset include Waller’s early market mover Achiever ($16) coming off a lead-up win at Rosehill, Mark Kavanagh’s son of Shocking Horrifying ($17) and another for Waller (who has six starters in total) in Fortified ($16) chasing a third win on the trot.

Click here for the latest Queensland Derby 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Queensland Derby Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15113211 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 57kg 106
2 21025×222 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 3 57kg 82
3 236217×632 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 79
4 268×661031 ACHIEVER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 11 57kg 79
5 x113213505 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Fradd 8 57kg 75
6 x144536551 CRIMINAL DEFENCE Peter & Will Hulbert Jye McNeil 4 57kg 81
7 11733×7004 BUCHAREST Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 19 57kg 78
8 2235×51281 HORRIFYING (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 12 57kg 73
9 41×813 SENOR TOBA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 21 57kg 79
10 4234131240 BOLD EXECUTIVE Garnett Taylor Ryan Wiggins 15 57kg 68
11 14111×6030 SAGACIOUS Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 1 57kg 73
12 1212 MARANOA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 57kg 69
13 232114×757 MR GEE John O’Shea Craig Williams 7 57kg 67
14 15×3211 FORTIFIED (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 16 57kg 65
15 3×89627408 CALM SEEKER (NZ) Matt Kropp Les Tilley 20 57kg 59
16 251 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 14 57kg 81
17 61076×1532 MT MORT SHARK (NZ) Matt Kropp Larry Cassidy 17 57kg 61
18 795213 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 10 57kg 63
19e 86×2642085 SINO DEFEAT Paul Butterworth 5 57kg 53
20e 126×174 OLYMPIC CLASS Michael Costa 13 57kg 65
21e 827×796239 STYLEBENDER (NZ) Bryce Heys 18 57kg

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