Riff Rocket Leads 2024 Australian Derby Field & Betting

April 2, 2024

Riff Rocket Leads 2024 Australian Derby Field & Betting

  • 2024 ATC Derby Scratchings Update: #13 Saxon Brave (6), #14 Zardozi (2). 

Riff Rocket is out to keep the Group 1 wins coming with Chris Waller’s star young stayer lining-up favourite in Australian Derby 2024 betting at Randwick this weekend.

2024 Rosehill Guineas winner Riff Rocket

Rosehill Guineas winner Riff Rocket is favourite to keep the Group 1 wins coming in Saturday’s 2024 Australian Derby. Photo: Steve Hart.

Saturday is host to four elite level The Championships races for the opening day including the three-year-olds doing battle in a top edition of the Group 1 $3 million Australian Derby (2400m).

Leading the Australian Derby odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au is the spring’s VRC Derby hero Riff Rocket at $3.60 to do the interstate double.

Hitotsu (2021/22) became the first horse in history to complete the VRC Derby – ATC Derby double since Mahogany (1993/94) and now there is money for Riff Rocket to be the next.

The classy son of American Pharoah is out to the mile and a half now fourth-up and fit after a trio of good lead-up runs including his Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) success on March 23.

Criterion (2014) was the last horse to complete the Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double that Riff Rocket pays $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au to do with success in the latter this weekend.

Riff Rocket is out to become the first three-year-old to complete the Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double since Criterion in 2014

Waller chases his maiden Australian Derby trophy and also saddles-up his recent Group 1 Australian Guineas third place-getter Cap Ferrat ($15).

Occupying the second line of Australian Derby betting at $4.20 is the sole filly in the mix taking on the colts and geldings, the James Cummings-trained Zardozi.

The talented daughter of Kingman is out to be the first Australian Derby winning filly since Shamrocker back in 2011.

The Godolphin-raced youngster was excellent in the spring claiming victory in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m), and she beat home the boys two back in Rosehill’s Group 2 Phar Lap stakes (1500m) by a good margin.

She is now on the quick back-up after running third to star NZ filly Orchestral in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) last weekend.

Jamie Kah comes aboard for the ride with the two girls drawn barrier two taking on the boys.

A further two runners are also under double-figures in ATC Derby betting with Zardozi’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winning stablemate Tom Kitten ($5.50) coming off a close sixth only 1.59 lengths beaten in the Rosehill Guineas and the airborne Wymark ($7) considered the dangers.

Michael Freedman prepares local Savabeel gelding Wymark who is on a hot streak chasing win number five on the trot after stepping up to Group 2 grade for the first time last weekend in the Tulloch Stakes (2000m).

Click here for the latest 2024 Australian Derby betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2024 Australian Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x12121x131 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller James McDonald 10 56.5kg 107
2 13321×6546 TOM KITTEN James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 3 56.5kg 100
3 312x6x662 CEOLWULF (NZ) Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 5 56.5kg 92
4 5x9732x673 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 56.5kg 88
5 x41183x794 GANBARE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 88
6 1115 IMMEDIACY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 13 56.5kg 88
7 34×2421111 WYMARK (NZ) Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 14 56.5kg 88
8 24100×652 NOISY BOY Todd Howlett Jay Ford 8 56.5kg 80
9 31150×3067 GLAD YOU THINK SO John Sargent Ms Rachel King 4 56.5kg 69
10 21241 ADAGIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 11 56.5kg 60
11 x01x598462 ZENMASTER Craig Carmody Chad Schofield 9 56.5kg 60
12 5x865x233 HOOLIGAN TOMMY (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 12 56.5kg 56
13 x32524x231 SAXON BRAVE Daiki Chujo Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 55
14 007121×013 ZARDOZI James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 2 54.5kg 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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