Australian Derby

The Australian Derby is also known as the ATC Derby and takes place over 2400m at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #1 Hitotsu
  • 2nd: #15 Benaud
  • 3rd: #2 Alegron




The Australian Derby is a classic Group 1 race for three-year-olds. Held on the first Saturday in April* during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the race takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’. This is a classic Derby, raced over a distance of 2400 metres (a mile and a half) and offers $2 million in total prize money.

*In 2021 the Australian Derby ran on the second Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The Australian Derby prizemoney for 2020 was reduced to $1 million to help cope with the financial stress on the industry brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but was back to $2 million in 2021.

As a set weights race, colts and geldings must carry 56.5kg and fillies must carry 54.5kg. The ATC Australian Derby is regarded as a prestigious event and attracts some of the greatest emerging stayers from around the country.

Run on Doncaster Mile Day the Australian Derby is one of four Group 1 races on the card along with the: $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m), $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

Following a run in the ATC Derby some of the better young stayers may head to Adelaide in May for the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) with Explosive Jack (2021) the last to do the interstate Derby double.

The 2022 Australia Derby ran on Saturday April 2, 2022 and saw the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Hitotsu ($3.30F) make history winning the event fresh off his Australian Guineas victory over a mile in Melbourne. 

Australian Derby 2022
Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

The key lead up races for the Australian Derby are the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) held two weeks earlier and the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) held one week before at Rosehill Gardens.

The Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double has recently been achieved by the likes of It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Criterion (2014).

The Tulloch Stakes – Australian Derby was achieved four times in as many years by: Jon Snow (2017), Levendi (2018), Angel Of Truth (2019) and Quick Thinker (2020).

2022 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #1 Hitotsu ($3.30F)
  • 2nd: #15 Benaud
  • 3rd: #2 Alegron

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Hitotsu ($3.30F) became the first horse since Mahogany (1993-94) to complete the VRC Derby – Australian Derby double, the last start Australian Guineas winner over a mile fighting off the challenges and overcoming interference on the straight to salute for the punters.

Click here to read more by the gutsy win for the punters by Hitotsu in the 2022 ATC Derby results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 56.5kg $3.30F
2 15 BENAUD John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.36L 16 56.5kg $13
3 2 ALEGRON James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0.75L 3 56.5kg $11
4 13 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8.94L 5 56.5kg $81
5 17 SEA TREASURES (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 9.98L 15 56.5kg $51
6 11 RAGING BULL David Payne Craig Williams 11.41L 13 56.5kg $31
7 10 MAURICE’S MEDAD Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 11.84L 14 56.5kg $51
8 7 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 13.02L 8 56.5kg $14
9 4 CASTLEREAGH KID Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 15L 11 56.5kg $18
10 5 REGAL LION (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 16.08L 9 56.5kg $5
11 14 CLYDE Gary Portelli Shaun Guymer 16.57L 7 56.5kg $101
12 8 CHARACTER James Cummings Tommy Berry 17.39L 10 56.5kg $11
13 3 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 20.91L 12 56.5kg $15
14 16 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 22.04L 2 56.5kg $41
15 6 WHITE NOISE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Robbie Dolan 24.38L 18 56.5kg $41
16 12 ELZAMEE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Chad Schofield 25.15L 1 56.5kg $31
17 9 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 26.32L 6 56.5kg $26
18 18 AKAHATA (NZ) Bjorn Baker Brock Ryan 39.45L 17 56.5kg $201
21e LUKEY LUKE Gwenda Markwell Keagan Latham 0
20e MEDIARO Matthew Smith Jay Ford 0
19e ASTERNISHING Mick Bell Dean Holland 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Australian Derby Betting Odds

Over the autumn the all-in and final field Australian Derby 2022 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au complete with market links to the Group 1 staying clash will be available below.

Hitotsu ($3.30 in 2022) is the last favourite in Australian Derby betting to win.

2022 Australian Derby Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Australian Derby 2022 tips and best bets to be published below during race week.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2022 AUSTRALIAN DERBY BETTING TIPS

The Favourite: #1 Hitotsu ($3.80 At Time Of Publish) 

The last three-year-old to do the Victoria Derby/Australian Derby double was Mahogony (1994) so it takes a pretty good horse to do it. This is a pretty good horse right here. He looked in top form fresh in the Guineas over the mile at headquarters and has been set for this mile and a half feature. He has the class to win and comes via the same formula they adopted in the spring. The only queries are Randwick in the wet. History is there to be made, but the weather gods might just have a say yet. EACH WAY.

Best Bet: #5 Regal Lion ($5.50 At Time Of Publish) 

Was value earlier in the week but Regal Lion has been absolutely smashed and is into $5.50 second favouritism. This Kiwi raider was good at home across the Tasman on March 5 when two lengths third in the NZ Derby over this distance as a 40/1 shot. That was on a Good track. He debuted down under on Monday in the rescheduled Tulloch Stakes over 1850m at Newcastle and was eye-catching, flashing late to cross a length back second to Character. He’s on the quick back-up and will relish the mile and a half. Again, that really Heavy track is a query. He has never been on anything worse than Soft but is from the right stable with co-trainer Murray Baker chasing his sixth Australian Derby victory. BACK DON’T SACK.

Best Roughie: #7 War Eternal ($21 At Time Of Publish) 

Value to be had outside the dominant hopes and War Eternal looks a horse forgotten in this year’s ATC Derby. Bjorn Baker’s nicely-bred Pierro colt has wet track form and is the progressive runner in the mix. Improving each run and form around Converge / Anamoe when fourth in the Randwick Guineas on a Heavy (9) two back. Those are good horses. Comes via a third in Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) and will appreciate a wet track in Sydney. Hasn’t won over further than 1400m though so the distance is the question. If he runs it out, he can surprise a few of these. PLACE CHANCE.

*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, correct at time of print and subject to change.

2022 Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby field attracts a line-up of the season’s best three-year-old stayers. The majority of the horses that run in the ATC Derby field are colts and geldings, with the fillies generally running the following weekend in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) against their own kind.

The official 2022 Australian Derby field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 29, 2021 and will be published in full below.

Historical VRC Derby – Australian Guineas double winner Hitotsu drawn ideally in barrier four dominates a capacity Australian Derby 2022 final field and betting markets on the three-year-olds’ staying showdown this Saturday in Sydney.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Australian Derby field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 706x151x1 HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 56.5kg 110
2 5x15432x80 ALEGRON James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 93
3 311615×443 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 13 56.5kg 92
4 22×1116 CASTLEREAGH KID Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 12 56.5kg 86
5 x443155732 REGAL LION (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 10 56.5kg 88
6 3116161477 WHITE NOISE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Robbie Dolan 21 56.5kg 84
7 1x792x7143 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 83
8 241428×131 CHARACTER James Cummings Tommy Berry 11 56.5kg 90
9 11492 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 6 56.5kg 80
10 26x47x4583 MAURICE’S MEDAD Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 16 56.5kg 80
11 33x5164x86 RAGING BULL David Payne Craig Williams 15 56.5kg 80
12 17254 ELZAMEE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Chad Schofield 1 56.5kg 72
13 1417×3168 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56.5kg 72
14 14019×6716 CLYDE Gary Portelli Shaun Guymer 8 56.5kg 67
15 135×6254 BENAUD John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 19 56.5kg 74
16 1200×501 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 2 56.5kg 64
17 514×63921 SEA TREASURES (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 17 56.5kg 63
18 430×644186 AKAHATA (NZ) Bjorn Baker Brock Ryan 20 56.5kg 62
19e 037721×374 ASTERNISHING Mick Bell Dean Holland 18 56.5kg 57
20e 2145 MEDIARO Matthew Smith Jay Ford 14 56.5kg 60
21e 3×51 LUKEY LUKE Gwenda Markwell Keagan Latham 7 56.5kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Australian Derby First Acceptances

About a month out from the race the Australian Derby first acceptances are taken by Racing NSW narrowing down the list of potential young stayers set to contest the Doncaster Mile Day showdown.

The official 2022 Australian Derby First Acceptances close on Tuesday March 8, 2022.

2022 Australian Derby Nominations

Like all of the Group 1 races run at Randwick Racecourse on Doncaster Mile Day, the Australian Derby nominations close in early February around two months before the race takes place and often attract over 100 early entries.

The 2022 Australian Derby nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

The Australian Derby 2022 nominations attracted 141 three-year-old stayers including the spring’s Victoria Derby champion Hitotsu and Richard Litt’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo.

Australian Derby History

With names such as Phar Lap, Tulloch and Kingstown Town included in the list of race winners, it’s little wonder why this race is so highly regarded in the industry. First won by Kyogle in 1861, the event was titled the Randwick Derby Stakes. In 1865, it was changed to the Australian Derby Stakes and in 1994 it was given its current name.

The Derby was originally run over 1 1/2 miles however was changed in 1972 to 2400m to conform to the metric system. Between 1932 and 1956 geldings were banned from competing in the race.

The 2020 Australian Derby results saw Quick Thinker become the fourth horse in as many years to do the Tulloch Stakes – ATC Derby double. The Kiwi also handed co-trainer Murray Baker with his fifth win in the classic.

In 2022 Hitotsu made history as the first horse since Mahogany (1993-94) to win the Victoria derby – Australian Derby interstate double. He also became the first Australian Guineas winner to back up and win the Australian Derby without a run in between.

See below for the full Australian Derby results going back to 2000.

Australian Derby Records
Time Record: 2:28.41 – Octagonal (1996)
Largest Winning Margin: 10 Lengths – Trident (1886)
Most wins by a Jockey: 6 Wins – Thomas Hales (1875, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1887)

Recent Australian Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022 Australian Derby 1st Hitotsu 2 minutes 39.39 seconds
2nd Benaud
3rd Alegron
2021 Australian Derby 1st Explosive Jack 2 minutes 34.13 seconds
2nd Young Werther
3rd Lion’s Roar
2020 Australian Derby 1st Quick Thinker 2 minutes 34.24 seconds
2nd Zebrowski
3rd Eric The Eel
2019 Australian Derby 1st Angel Of Truth 2 minutes 35.67 seconds
2nd Madison County
3rd Surely Sacred
2018 Australian Derby 1st Levendi 2 minutes 28.73 seconds
2nd Ace High
3rd Tangled
2017 Australian Derby 1st Jon Snow 2 minutes 38.18 seconds
2nd Harper’s Choice
3rd Hardham
2016 Australian Derby 1st Tavago 2 minutes 33.6 seconds
2nd Jameka
3rd Tally
2015 Australian Derby 1st Mongolian Khan 2 minutes 37.10 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd Volkstok’n’barrell
2014 Australian Derby 1st Criterion 2 minutes 38.49 seconds
2nd Tupac Amaru
3rd Hooked
2013 Australian Derby 1st It’s A Dundeel 2 minutes 33.49 seconds
2nd Philippi
3rd Kingdoms
2012 Australian Derby 1st Ethiopia 2 minutes 28.7 seconds
2nd Polish Knight
3rd Laser Hawk
2011 Australian Derby 1st Shamrocker 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Retrieve
3rd Anacheeva
2010 Australian Derby 1st Shoot Out 2 minutes 32.68 seconds
2nd Descarado
3rd Monaco Consul
2009 Australian Derby 1st Roman Emperor 2 minutes 31 seconds
2nd Harris Tweed
3rd Predatory Pricer
2008 Australian Derby 1st Nom De Jeu 2 minutes 36.2 seconds
2nd Red Ruler
3rd Littorio
2007 Australian Derby 1st Flumicino 2 minutes 36.4 seconds
2nd Ambitious General
3rd Tuesday Joy
2006 Australian Derby 1st Headturner 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd De Beers
3rd Testafiable
2005 Australian Derby 1st Eremein 2 minutes 35.8 seconds
2nd Stella Grande
3rd Railings
2004 Australian Derby 1st Starcraft 2 minutes 34.8 seconds
2nd Braeloch
3rd Delzao
2003 Australian Derby 1st Clangalang 2 minutes 32.3 seconds
2nd Strasbourg
3rd Mummify
2002 Australian Derby 1st Don Eduardo 2 minutes 32.7 seconds
2nd Carnegie Express
3rd Pentastic
2001 Australian Derby 1st Universal Prince 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Sir Clive
3rd Danamite
2000 Australian Derby 1st Fairway 2 minutes 34 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Now Voyager

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