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.

2021 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #10 Explosive Jack
  • 2nd: #7 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #1 Lion's Roar



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).

The 2021 Australia Derby ran on Saturday April 10, 2021 and was won in an upset by Explosive Jack at 15/1.  

Australian Derby 2021
Date: Saturday April 10, 2021
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).

2021 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #10 Explosive Jack
  • 2nd: #7 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #1 Lion’s Roar

Explosive Jack ($16) was excellent late continuing his strong form this campaign when franking the Melbourne events with an upset win in the 2021 Australian Derby results in Sydney.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 56.5kg $16
2 7 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Tom Marquand 0.1L 14 56.5kg $15
3 1 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.3L 13 56.5kg $8.50
4 16 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 2.4L 4 54.5kg $3.30F
5 8 KHOEKHOE Matt Cumani Craig Williams 2.5L 3 56.5kg $10
6 12 FAVREAU (NZ) John Sargent Tommy Berry 4.5L 16 56.5kg $21
7 5 THE FRONTMAN (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 5.1L 8 56.5kg $41
8 2 ROCKET SPADE Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Kerrin McEvoy 5.5L 2 56.5kg $14
9 15 OLYMPIC GAZE Paul Perry Damian Lane 6.1L 1 56.5kg $201
10 11 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 6.2L 5 56.5kg $41
11 14 ZAKSPEED Wendy Roche Andrew Adkins 8.3L 12 56.5kg $201
12 13 RONDINO Gregory Hickman Keagan Latham 8.9L 11 56.5kg $151
13 4 MILFORD (NZ) Stephen Marsh Damien Oliver 9L 7 56.5kg $51
14 3 SKY LAB Paul Perry James McDonald 10.2L 6 56.5kg $4.20
15 6 YALETOWN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 31.6L 10 56.5kg $21
16 9 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) Edward Cummings Ms Rachel King 34.2L 9 56.5kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Australian Derby Betting Odds

Over the autumn the all-in and final field Australian Derby 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au complete with market links to the Group 1 staying clash will be available below.

2021 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 2021 Australian Derby field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday April 6, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Australian Derby 2021 field features 14 hopefuls led in betting by the sole filly in the mix, Rosehill Guineas third placed Montefilia drawn well in barrier four.

Click here to read more on the top three-year-olds in the 2021 ATC Derby field and odds this season.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x2112x514 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 13 56.5kg 104
2 124512111 ROCKET SPADE Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 2 56.5kg 104
3 5321×1142 SKY LAB Paul Perry James McDonald 6 56.5kg 100
4 53721528 MILFORD (NZ) Stephen Marsh Damien Oliver 7 56.5kg 95
5 19238 THE FRONTMAN (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 88
6 1×241 YALETOWN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56.5kg 86
7 123×7523 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Tom Marquand 14 56.5kg 86
8 12x7612x36 KHOEKHOE Matt Cumani Craig Williams 3 56.5kg 83
9 4×64531222 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) Edward Cummings Ms Rachel King 9 56.5kg 78
10 151132 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 56.5kg 76
11 22×1132135 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 5 56.5kg 75
12 x7345x4114 FAVREAU (NZ) John Sargent Tommy Berry 16 56.5kg 72
13 321419 RONDINO Gregory Hickman Keagan Latham 11 56.5kg 61
14 64×9431466 ZAKSPEED Wendy Roche 12 56.5kg 60
15 422×174104 OLYMPIC GAZE Paul Perry Damian Lane 1 56.5kg 59
16 x314113x63 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 4 54.5kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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 2021 Australian Derby First Acceptances closed on Tuesday March 9, 2021 with 51 youngsters still in the mix including Randwick Guineas winner Lion’s Roar.

2021 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 2021 Australian Derby nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021. 

The ATC Derby 2021 nominations attracted 129 three-year-old stayers including the undefeated Kiwi raider Aegon, fellow New Zealand-trained Rocket Spade, The Vase winner at Moonee Valley last spring Cherry Tortoni and VRC Derby third-placed Young Werther.

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.

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
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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