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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
Australian Derby News
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- 2022 Australian Derby Tips & Best Bets
- Australian Derby 2022 Field & Betting Update: Hitotsu Firm Favourite
- 2022 Tulloch Stakes Results: Character Set for Australian Derby Back-Up
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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|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
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.
|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.
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.
|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
|2022 Australian Derby||1st||Hitotsu||2 minutes 39.39 seconds|
|2021 Australian Derby||1st||Explosive Jack||2 minutes 34.13 seconds|
|2020 Australian Derby||1st||Quick Thinker||2 minutes 34.24 seconds|
|3rd||Eric The Eel|
|2019 Australian Derby||1st||Angel Of Truth||2 minutes 35.67 seconds|
|2018 Australian Derby||1st||Levendi||2 minutes 28.73 seconds|
|2017 Australian Derby||1st||Jon Snow||2 minutes 38.18 seconds|
|2016 Australian Derby||1st||Tavago||2 minutes 33.6 seconds|
|2015 Australian Derby||1st||Mongolian Khan||2 minutes 37.10 seconds|
|2014 Australian Derby||1st||Criterion||2 minutes 38.49 seconds|
|2013 Australian Derby||1st||It’s A Dundeel||2 minutes 33.49 seconds|
|2012 Australian Derby||1st||Ethiopia||2 minutes 28.7 seconds|
|2011 Australian Derby||1st||Shamrocker||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|2010 Australian Derby||1st||Shoot Out||2 minutes 32.68 seconds|
|2009 Australian Derby||1st||Roman Emperor||2 minutes 31 seconds|
|2008 Australian Derby||1st||Nom De Jeu||2 minutes 36.2 seconds|
|2007 Australian Derby||1st||Flumicino||2 minutes 36.4 seconds|
|2006 Australian Derby||1st||Headturner||2 minutes 29.9 seconds|
|2005 Australian Derby||1st||Eremein||2 minutes 35.8 seconds|
|2004 Australian Derby||1st||Starcraft||2 minutes 34.8 seconds|
|2003 Australian Derby||1st||Clangalang||2 minutes 32.3 seconds|
|2002 Australian Derby||1st||Don Eduardo||2 minutes 32.7 seconds|
|2001 Australian Derby||1st||Universal Prince||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|
|2000 Australian Derby||1st||Fairway||2 minutes 34 seconds|