Dark Destroyer Heads 2022 Queensland Derby Field & Odds

May 27, 2022

Dark Destroyer Heads 2022 Queensland Derby Field & Odds

The money is coming for the Kiwis to destroy the competition in Saturday’s 2022 Queensland Derby with last start Rough Habit Plate winner, Dark Destroyer, firming favourite for the mile and a half classic at Eagle Farm.

Senor Toba Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller returns with four 2022 Queensland Derby final acceptors after running the quinella last year with Kukeracha and Senor Toba (pictured). Photo: Steve Hart.

One of three Group 1 races now on Eagle Farm race card with the addition of the rescheduled Doomben Cup, the $1 million Queensland Derby (2400m) field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers.

Sitting top of the Queensland Derby odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au into $4 is the Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott-trained New Zealand raider Dark Destroyer drawn the inside alley.

The Proisir gelding is putting together a very nice record and is now four-from-nine after his lead-up win in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2143m) run here in the wet on May 14.

That was an improved run from his Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) second to Character over the mile and, with the give out of the track again on Saturday, the Auckland Guineas champ looks a genuine chance to salute for the punters over the mile and half.

Jockey Sam Weatherley continues associations on Dark Destroyer in the Derby, the horse out to complete the Rough Habit – QLD Derby double for the first time since Dark Dream (2018).

Despite a capacity field, there are only three other single-figure fancies in Queensland Derby betting this winter including the $6 second elect Paternal.

Last year’s Queensland Derby winning trainer with Kukeracha (2021), Chris Waller returns chasing his third success having also won back in 2013 with Hawkspur.

This season he saddles-up four confirmed starters and also has the first emergency Turn Me Over.

The best fancied of the Waller contingent, Kiwi-bred Savabeel gelding Paternal is looking to turn the tables on his last start conqueror Dark Destroyer after going down just a neck at 30/1 in the Rough Habit Plate.

Fit and ready to fire, he won’t be found at that price in the Group 1 rematch and jumps from gate three with Hugh Bowman coming aboard for the ride.

The other Waller-trained hopefuls in the Queensland Derby field are: Caboche ($9), Villaden ($21) and Nest Egg ($41).

Caboche presents as a genuine contender up in grade from barrier nine with James McDonald to ride, the Vadamos gelding coming off back-to-back seconds in easier grade including a devastatingly close finish last start over 2200m in the wet at Scone on May 14.

Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the win at $8 is the widely-drawn New Zealander Pinarello drawn gate 20 with Leith Innes over for the ride.

Innes rode the Roger James & Robert Wellwood-trained son of Tavistock at home last start for a Group 2 win by 2.5 lengths over 2100m back in April.

Prior to that Pinarello ran a credible fifth to Asterix in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) and he gets conditions to suit for his Australian debut on the weekend.

Other notable Derby horses in the mix include Stuart Kendrick’s Rough Habit third place-getter Menazzi ($15) and Brad Widdup’s Maurice colt Global Ausbred coming off a two-length Newcastle win carrying 60kg.

The 2022 Queensland Derby is scheduled to run as Eagle Farm Race 8 at 3:18pm (AEST) and full markets are available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Queensland Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 516x828x27 TUTUKAKA (NZ) Tony Pike James Orman 11 57kg 80
2 313511×721 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Sam Weatherley 1 57kg 95
3 461164×522 CABOCHE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg 67
4 154×112373 MENAZZI Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 17 57kg 73
5 213151 PINARELLO (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Leith Innes 20 57kg 80
6 23×7713203 RED WAVE Tony & Maddysen Sears Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 13 57kg 66
7 6123×16164 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) Chris Munce Larry Cassidy 19 57kg 72
8 x7642x6948 BALMAURICE Rex Lipp & Nicholas Hahn Brad Stewart 16 57kg 60
9 4×63921503 SEA TREASURES (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 14 57kg 65
10 32×1712342 TING TONG Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 18 57kg 70
11 194×704010 SATIRICAL GLORY John Sargent Jim Byrne 12 57kg 72
12 131042 PATERNAL (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 77
13 7608×75529 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 21 57kg 63
14 09×51151 GLOBAL AUSBRED Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 68
15 1115 IMPEL GAZELLE (NZ) Michael Costa Ben Thompson 15 57kg 67
16 52×6163212 ANYTHINK GOES Matthew Smith Ryan Maloney 4 57kg 66
17 5051169655 NEST EGG (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Samantha Collett 6 57kg 68
18 1388×5484 VILLADEN (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 7 57kg 62
19e 3422115 TURN ME OVER (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 10 57kg 64
20e 393×241103 VELVET LADY (NZ) Kris Lees Tim Clark 2 55kg 62
21e 5146×3302 KIPLING’S JOURNEY Peter & Will Hulbert Mark Du Plessis 8 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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