2021 Victoria Derby Nominations Attract 63 Young Stayers

October 5, 2021

2021 Victoria Derby Nominations Attract 63 Young Stayers

A total of 63 young three-year-old stayers make-up the official Victoria Derby 2021 nominations taken this week ahead of the $2 million classic on October 30 at Flemington Racecourse.

Victoria Derby Day kicks off the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and is headlined by the time-honoured Group 1 $2 million Penfolds Victoria Derby (2500m).

Sponsored by Penfolds for the first time in 2021, the Victoria Derby has been run and won since 1855 and the 63 nominations will be whittled down to 16 starters at most come race day.

Just one of the early entries is confirmed a spot in the field with Symon Wilde’s Victoria Derby Preview winner from September 22, Gundec.

Favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the James Cummings-trained Anamoe has been nominated for a potential staying test in the Derby for the Godolphin stable.

Last year’s Victoria Derby champion was Johnny Get Angry who saluted in a fairy tale for former AFL Premiership coach Denis Pagan.

Pagan returns this spring chasing back-to-back VRC Derby wins with his Tivaci gelding Turn It Up Tommy.

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller won the 2014 edition with Preferment and chases his second this season in with five nominations.

The Waller contingent is led by the Coolmore-owned Group 3 Gloaming Stakes winner Head Of State who is nominated for a Randwick run on the weekend in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Also in with five VRC Derby nominees in 2021 are Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, the New Zealand expats now based in Cranbourne, led by Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes winner Forgot You.

The latest Victoria Derby all-in betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have Forgot You as the current second elect behind the Mick Price & Michael Kent Junior-trained Gunstock.

Untapped Tavistock colt Gunstock is bred to stay had has had three starts to date including a win over the mile at Cranbourne in September and a narrow last start third in the Listed Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.

The Danny O’Brien Super Impose Stakes winning Shamus Award filly El Patroness meanwhile holds a nomination for both the Victoria Derby as well as the Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m), the latter held on Thursday November 4.

Should she take on the colts and geldings in the Derby, El Patroness will be looking to become the first filly to salute since Francess Tressady (1923).

There is a total of five fillies nominated for the Victoria Derby including the fellow O’Brien-trained Kapalua Sunset who won at Kyneton over 1875m last month by seven lengths.

The Japanese-bred Deep Impact filly Glint Of Hope for the aforementioned Busuttin & Young partnership is another standout last seen running third in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes.

O’Brien has the highest number of Victoria Derby nominations of any stable with seven.

The 2021 Victoria Derby first acceptances will be taken on Tuesday, October 19, before the final field is confirmed on Tuesday October 26.

Click here for the latest all-in Victoria Derby 2021 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Victoria Derby Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 5x025x154 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings
2 82 ALL SO CLEAR G 3 Ben & JD Hayes
3 1x23121x12 ANAMOE C 3 James Cummings
4 26 ANTONIO GIOVANNI C 3 Chris Waller
5 13 BENAUD C 3 John O’Shea
6 4×522 BLACKCOMB F 3 Danny O’Brien
7 67×1712 BRIGANTINE C 3 James Cummings
8 256×68 BRING THE STARS G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
9 10×760 CELESTIAL FURY (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
10 33 CERBERUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
11 54×7532414 CHARACTER C 3 James Cummings
12 3x5x32182 CHEERFUL MOMENT (NZ) C 3 Lindsey Smith
13 82×414 CLYDE G 3 Gary Portelli
14 21 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
15 6×94 CULLODEN MOOR G 3 Pat Carey
16 686×223 DAARIO G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
17 108×760 DARK REBEL C 3 Edward Cummings
18 331 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien
19 2x738x65 EL ROCKO C 3 John McArdle
20 044 EMPIRE ROYAL G 3 Edward Cummings
21 015×17 FAR TOO STRONG G 3 Lindsey Smith
22 49 FAZZABEEL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
23 388×311 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
24 310 FRENCH EMPEROR G 3 David Payne
25 233 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
26 0x14 GRINZINGER KING C 3 Danny O’Brien
27 8×4343 GRINZINGER KNIGHT C 3 Danny O’Brien
28 46×21 GUNDEC C 3 Symon Wilde
29 4×13 GUNSTOCK (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
30 5x10x6521 HEAD OF STATE C 3 Chris Waller
31 706×1 HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 19 INVERELL (NZ) G 3 Clayton Douglas
33 1×8 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
34 31 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
35 361 KING OF PHARAOHS C 3 Lindsey Smith
36 5×258 MAGIC MIKEY (NZ) G 3 Simon Foster
37 4×562 MAN OF HEART C 3 Danny O’Brien
38 311 MAX FIRE G 3 Travis Doudle
39 45233×3315 MICRO C 3 James Cummings
40 310 MORIDAN C 3 Anthony Cummings
41 6 OCEAN SHORES G 3 Chris Waller
42 22 OENOLOGY G 3 Matthew Williams
43 160×5835 PATTON C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 4×85 PHERE THE EX G 3 Ben & JD Hayes
45 33×51 RAGING BULL G 3 David Payne
46 21 RESET THE JAZZ G 3 Ben & JD Hayes
47 2×267 RIVERPLATE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
48 40×85 ROTOKURA C 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
49 8×15317 SAINT TROPEZ C 3 Lloyd Kennewell
50 45×212 SAMARKAND (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
51 7×819 SATIRICAL GLORY G 3 John Sargent
52 83183 SEBASTIAN THE FOX G 3 Shay Keating
53 94 SHABALALA G 3 Danny O’Brien
54 9×4612 SHARPER C 3 Michael Templeton
55 5×1 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman
56 4×4969 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings
57 53185×4380 SUBTERRANEAN C 3 Matthew Dunn
58 0231 TEEWATERS G 3 Archie Alexander
59 12 TIZ MAGIC (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
60 90366 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan
61 2231×85 TUTUKAKA (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike
62 1 VILLADEN (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
63 1 ZOUMON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

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