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The $2 million 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.
2023 Australian Derby Results
- 1st: #13 Major Beel
- 2nd: #12 Virtuous Circle
- 3rd: #10 Suizuro
Australian Derby News
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 $4 million Doncaster Mile (1600m), $3 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 2023 Australia Derby ran on Saturday April 1, 2023 and was won in an upset by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Major Beel ($31) on the quick back-up.
|Australian Derby 2023|
|Date:||Saturday April 1, 2023|
|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).
In 2023 Major Beel improved on his lead-up second the Saturday prior in the Tulloch Stakes to score an upset Australian Derby win at 30/1.
2023 Australian Derby Results
- 1st: #13 Major Beel ($31)
- 2nd: #12 Virtuous Circle
- 3rd: #10 Suizuro
Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse celebrated her first Australian Derby victory with an upset win in 2023 by the progressive Major Beel ($31) who was excellent on speed to outstay his rivals on a Heavy track just seven days after his Group debut when runner-up in the Tulloch Stakes.
2023 Australian Derby Results & Finishing Order
|1||13||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||15||56.5kg||$31|
|2||12||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||Liam Howley||Brett Prebble||0.81L||18||56.5kg||$19|
|3||10||SUIZURO||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Joao Moreira||1.66L||4||56.5kg||$41|
|4||1||SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ)||Graeme & Deborah Rogerson||Hugh Bowman||2.54L||17||56.5kg||$3.90F|
|5||14||HIGH APPROACH||Archie Alexander||Jordan Childs||3.78L||10||56.5kg||$101|
|6||3||ELLIPTICAL||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||4.38L||3||56.5kg||$16|
|7||6||ANDALUS (NZ)||Stephen Marsh||Zac Purton||4.72L||8||56.5kg||$21|
|8||15||STROKE OF LUCK||John O’Shea||Tom Marquand||5.02L||9||56.5kg||$21|
|9||4||PERICLES||James Cummings||James McDonald||8.07L||6||56.5kg||$4.40|
|10||9||MARK TWAIN (NZ)||Roger James & Robert Wellwood||Kerrin McEvoy||9.37L||5||56.5kg||$7.50|
|11||18||TWIGMAN (NZ)||Paul Shailer||Luke Dittman||9.58L||7||56.5kg||$101|
|12||11||TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ)||Kerry Taplin||Reece Jones (a)||9.71L||11||56.5kg||$81|
|13||7||FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ)||Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||10.37L||16||56.5kg||$19|
|14||16||CHEVAL SAVANT||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||12.64L||2||56.5kg||$81|
|15||8||JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Ben Melham||12.71L||1||56.5kg||$12|
|16||5||WILLIAMSBURG||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Ryan Maloney||12.86L||12||56.5kg||$18|
|17||17||DOMINGO (NZ)||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||13.24L||13||56.5kg||$61|
|18||2||MANZOICE||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||17.84L||14||56.5kg||$20|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Australian Derby Betting Odds
Over the autumn the all-in and final field Australian Derby 2023 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.
There was a notable upset in 2023 with Major Beel winning at Australian Derby odds of $31.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 AUSTRALIAN DERBY ODDS (Final Field)
2023 Australian Derby Form Guide
2023 Australian Derby Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Australian Derby 2023 tips and best bets to be published below during race week.
- The Favourite: #1 Sharp ‘N’ Smart ($3 at time of publish)
The Kiwis are dominating down under this autumn and that trend looks set to continue with the talented Sharp ‘N’ Smart back in Australia rock-hard fit off back-to-back wins back home in New Zealand. At his latest he saluted for the 2400m in the Group 1 NZ Derby and is now chasing the cross-Tasman double. Proven at the distance he has Hugh Bowman aboard in Sydney where he won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last campaign. Wide alley but time to overcome the draw. He’s a genuine Group 1 stayer with a top strike-rate. If he gets there from the gate he’ll be winning.
- The Danger: #4 Pericles ($6.50 at time of publish)
James Cummings saddles-up the in-form Street Boss gelding Pericles who is fit fourth-up here bringing in some strong form lines. Two back in Melbourne he won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) by nearly three lengths. Travelled north last start for a second to Lindermann in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m). Lindermann contests the Doncaster Mile against the older horses on Saturday and looks way overs in that. If you like that form then surely Pericles is a chance here. The Rosehill Guineas probably looked more suitable and not sure he’ll run out the 2400m (was eighth in the Vic Derby), but gets his shot from a good gate (6) with J. Mac retaining the ride.
- Best Roughie: #7 Full Of Sincerity ($18 at time of publish)
Another Kiwi over for the autumn riches in Sydney, this Andrew Forsman-trained son of Puccini has been left alone by the punters despite his form around Sharp ‘N’ Smart and benefit of an earlier lead-up run in Australia. He was third in the NZ Derby up in grade as a triple-figure roughie only a length beaten. Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) run at Rosehill last weekend when fourth to Tapildoodledo three-quarters off the winner. Back up to the mile-and-a-half and he is a big chance to surprise a few of these late drawn one on the inside of the favourite with Damian Lane to ride.
*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, correct at time of print and subject to change.
2023 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 2023 Australian Derby field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 28, 2023 and will be published in full below.
The Australian Derby 2023 final field features a bumper line-up of three-year-old stayers including the in-form Sharp ‘N’ Smart drawn wide (17) coming off back-to-back Group 1 wins across the Tasman including the NZ Derby.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||4x1112x211||SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ)||Graeme & Deborah Rogerson||Hugh Bowman||17||56.5kg||112|
|2||219281×86||MANZOICE||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||14||56.5kg||103|
|3||x43227x174||ELLIPTICAL||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||3||56.5kg||102|
|4||1238×412||PERICLES||James Cummings||James McDonald||6||56.5kg||100|
|5||85135×7453||WILLIAMSBURG||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Ryan Maloney||12||56.5kg||93|
|6||4x549x4172||ANDALUS (NZ)||Stephen Marsh||Zac Purton||8||56.5kg||90|
|7||32189434||FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ)||Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||16||56.5kg||88|
|8||10×633||JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Blake Shinn||1||56.5kg||86|
|9||01014||MARK TWAIN (NZ)||Roger James & Robert Wellwood||Kerrin McEvoy||5||56.5kg||86|
|10||54x2x11102||SUIZURO||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Joao Moreira||4||56.5kg||80|
|11||6154424231||TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ)||Kerry Taplin||Reece Jones (a)||11||56.5kg||80|
|12||91x132x880||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||Liam Howley||Brett Prebble||18||56.5kg||80|
|13||13236×1142||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||15||56.5kg||78|
|14||59x411x077||HIGH APPROACH||Archie Alexander||Jordan Childs||10||56.5kg||75|
|15||133×9226||STROKE OF LUCK||John O’Shea||Tom Marquand||9||56.5kg||73|
|16||7×316||CHEVAL SAVANT||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||2||56.5kg||64|
|17||x536Lx5211||DOMINGO (NZ)||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||13||56.5kg||62|
|18||413×171||TWIGMAN (NZ)||Paul Shailer||Luke Dittman||7||56.5kg||62|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 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 2023 Australian Derby First Acceptances close on Tuesday March 7, 2023.
The Australian Derby 2023 first acceptances have now closed with 44 remaining three-year-old stayers led in updated markets by the talented Victoria Derby runner-up from the spring Sharp ‘N’ Smart who has recently won two Group 1 events over in New Zealand including the NZ Derby.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||410×4||AIN’T HE GRAND||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||65|
|2||1x436x25||AMENABLE||C||3||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|3||4x549x4172||ANDALUS (NZ)||G||3||Stephen Marsh|
|4||433||AROUND THE BUOY (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
|5||1213||AUSBRED RISING SUN||G||3||Brad Widdup||61|
|6||x3812312x2||AWESOME JOHN||G||3||John O’Shea|
|7||3||BALINOR (IRE)||G||3||Annabel Neasham|
|8||6x7321x8||BAVICIA (NZ)||C||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|9||419×4||BRING THE BOOM (NZ)||G||3||Annabel Neasham|
|10||713x607x46||BROSNAN||C||3||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||80|
|11||7×31||CHEVAL SAVANT||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|12||5x536Lx52||DOMINGO (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea|
|13||121111||DUNKEL (NZ)||G||3||Patrick Payne|
|14||1x43227x17||ELLIPTICAL||C||3||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|15||11×67||FIELD MARSHAL (GB)||C||3||Chris Waller||60|
|16||722||FROSTYMCFROSTFROST (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
|17||321893||FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ)||G||3||Andrew Forsman|
|18||59x411x07||HIGH APPROACH||G||3||Archie Alexander|
|19||10×63||JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ)||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|20||0x432x1||KENTUCKY NICK||G||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|21||136x590x||LETHAL THOUGHTS||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|23||313236×11||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||68|
|25||01014||MARK TWAIN (NZ)||G||3||Roger James & Robert Wellwood|
|26||34x1224x36||MATCHA LATTE||C||3||Mark Newnham||88|
|27||411149×520||MR MAESTRO (NZ)||C||3||Andrew Forsman|
|28||1725×90||MURAMASA||C||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|29||12x73x51||OSIPENKO (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||91|
|31||55115322×5||PAVITRA||F||3||Richard & Will Freedman||92|
|33||4223||PICKO ROCKS||G||3||Michael Freedman|
|34||4x1112x211||SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ)||G||3||Graeme & Deborah Rogerson|
|35||133×92||STROKE OF LUCK||G||3||John O’Shea||70|
|37||54x2x1110||SUIZURO||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|38||7615442423||TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ)||G||3||Kerry Taplin|
|39||6×1112||TAVI TIME (NZ)||G||3||Kris Lees||62|
|40||413×17||TWIGMAN (NZ)||G||3||Paul Shailer|
|41||91x132x88||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||C||3||Liam Howley|
|43||x85135x745||WILLIAMSBURG||C||3||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||85|
|44||113||XCITED (NZ)||G||3||Bjorn Baker||62|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 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 2023 Australian Derby nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 7th of February, 2023.
The Australian Derby 2023 nominations attracted 117 three-year-old stayers led in pre-field markets by the Spring Champion Stakes winner and VRC Derby runner-up Sharp ‘N’ Smart.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||3243x||ABERFELDIE BOY||C||3||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock|
|2||122||ACOSTA||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|4||2121×1||AFT CABIN||C||3||James Cummings||97|
|5||410x||AIN’T HE GRAND||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||65|
|6||4×6432||AIR BENTLEY||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|7||1x436x||AMENABLE||C||3||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|8||24x549x41x||ANDALUS (NZ)||G||3||Stephen Marsh|
|9||4x||AROUND THE BUOY (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
|10||214x||ARTZINO (NZ)||G||3||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|11||12x||AUSBRED RISING SUN||G||3||Brad Widdup||61|
|12||6x3812312x||AWESOME JOHN||G||3||John O’Shea|
|13||BALINOR (IRE)||G||3||Annabel Neasham|
|14||6x7321x||BAVICIA (NZ)||C||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|16||293x||BITCOIN (NZ)||G||3||Andrew Forsman|
|17||419x||BRING THE BOOM (NZ)||G||3||Annabel Neasham|
|18||4713x607x4||BROSNAN||C||3||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||80|
|19||7×3||CHEVAL SAVANT||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|20||45x||COMMANDO JACK||G||3||Anthony Cummings|
|21||11470x||COPPLESON (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller||65|
|22||2811x||CRUZ MISSILE (NZ)||G||3||Stephen Marsh|
|23||44x254253x||DESERT LIGHTNING (NZ)||G||3||Peter & Dawn Williams|
|24||65122||DEVILDOM (NZ)||G||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott|
|25||12||DIDDLEY SQUAT||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|26||5x536Lx||DOMINGO (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea|
|27||12111x||DUNKEL (NZ)||G||3||Patrick Payne|
|28||25×1737375||DYNASTIC (NZ)||G||3||Mark Walker|
|29||0x13||EARL OF DEVON (NZ)||G||3||John Thompson|
|30||1102x||ELKINGTON ROAD||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|31||1x43227x||ELLIPTICAL||C||3||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|32||2x5183x0||EXTREME FREEDOM (NZ)||G||3||Robert & Luke Price||60|
|33||2||FALCON OF MALTA||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|34||52||FASHION EMPIRE (NZ)||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|35||x938x4440x||FEARLESS KNIGHT||G||3||Kacy Fogden|
|36||11x||FIELD MARSHAL (GB)||C||3||Chris Waller||60|
|37||8x5275x2||FIERCE LEGEND||G||3||Richard & Will Freedman|
|38||44x16x||FINANCIER (NZ)||G||3||Stephen Marsh|
|39||21x47200x7||FOUJITA SAN||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|40||7x||FROSTYMCFROSTFROST (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
|41||32189||FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ)||G||3||Andrew Forsman|
|42||3x||FUTILE RESISTANCE (NZ)||C||3||Danny O’Brien|
|43||1x21411x2x||GOLDEN MILE||C||3||James Cummings||102|
|44||472x||GOOD VINTAGE||G||3||Chris Waller|
|45||52x221x||GRANGE ROCK STAR||G||3||Robert Quinn||64|
|46||1×1241||HENNESSY LAD (NZ)||G||3||Peter G Moody|
|47||59x411x0x||HIGH APPROACH||G||3||Archie Alexander|
|48||32||HOLLYWOOD HERO (NZ)||C||3||Bjorn Baker|
|49||127×1||HOLYMANZ (NZ)||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|50||1||HUMBOLDT (NZ)||G||3||Craig & Shaun Phelan|
|51||068x||IBERIAN RULER (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea|
|52||44419501||JAFFIRA (NZ)||C||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott|
|53||6x7731x||JAMBEROO||G||3||Diane Poidevin Laine||57|
|54||10x||JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ)||G||3||Michael Moroney|
|55||278x3413x||KANDOS COSMOS||C||3||Terry Croft|
|57||0x432x||KENTUCKY NICK||G||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|58||522x||KING NEPTUNE (NZ)||G||3||Phillip Stokes|
|59||4x||KINGDOM OF LOGRES (GB)||C||3||Annabel Neasham|
|60||136x590x||LETHAL THOUGHTS||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|62||6x||LUCANIA||G||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|63||230x420x||MAGIC||G||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|64||313236×1||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||68|
|66||010x||MARK TWAIN (NZ)||G||3||Roger James & Robert Wellwood|
|67||534x1224x||MATCHA LATTE||C||3||Mark Newnham||88|
|70||751x||MORE SAINTLY (NZ)||G||3||John O’Shea||59|
|71||3x5411149x||MR MAESTRO (NZ)||C||3||Andrew Forsman|
|72||1725x||MURAMASA||C||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|73||4100x||MY TRUTH (NZ)||G||3||Anthony Cummings||64|
|74||147||NEW LEVEL (NZ)||C||3||Tony & Calvin McEvoy|
|75||1x2759x5||NOBLE CONQUEROR||G||3||Chris Waller||67|
|76||12x73x5||OSIPENKO (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller||91|
|78||10x93767x8||OWEN COUNTY||G||3||John Sargent||68|
|79||55115322x||PAVITRA||F||3||Richard & Will Freedman||92|
|80||3x418392x||PENNYWEKA (NZ)||F||3||Jim Wallace|
|83||621x||PHANTOM DRAGON||C||3||Michael Moroney|
|84||42||PICKO ROCKS||G||3||Michael Freedman|
|85||1211x3x||PIER (NZ)||G||3||Darryn & Briar Weatherley|
|87||1x13311x||PROWESS (NZ)||F||3||Roger James & Robert Wellwood|
|88||515x||PUNGO (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller||65|
|89||3x1325x||RED SUN SENSATION||G||3||Peter G Moody|
|90||REGAL KING||G||3||Wayne King|
|91||04x||SAMUEL LANGHORNE (NZ)||G||3||Michael Kent|
|92||8x||SATIRICAL FAN||G||3||John Sargent|
|93||24x1112x2x||SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ)||G||3||Graeme & Deborah Rogerson|
|94||6x||SIR ZINO (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller|
|96||366×315||STATE OF AMERICA||G||3||David Payne||60|
|97||133×9||STROKE OF LUCK||G||3||John O’Shea||70|
|99||54x2x111||SUIZURO||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|100||21x||TAPA CAPALL||G||3||David Brideoake|
|101||776154424x||TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ)||G||3||Kerry Taplin|
|102||6x11x||TAVI TIME (NZ)||G||3||Kris Lees||62|
|103||152732x||THE FORTUNE TELLER||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|104||413x1x||TWIGMAN (NZ)||G||3||Paul Shailer|
|105||VIKING BLOOD||G||3||Edward Cummings|
|106||91x132x||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||C||3||Liam Howley|
|107||2x||VON HAUKE (NZ)||C||3||Cliff Brown|
|108||35132×3124||WAITAK (NZ)||G||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott|
|109||WARM RIDE (NZ)||G||3||Richard & Will Freedman|
|110||441x||WARSAW (NZ)||G||3||Chris Gibbs|
|112||6111112x||WILD NIGHT (NZ)||G||3||Mark Walker|
|113||13x85135x7||WILLIAMSBURG||C||3||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||85|
|114||11x||XCITED (NZ)||G||3||Bjorn Baker||62|
|116||6×9||YOU ARE IDENTIFIED||G||3||John Thompson|
|117||91×1||ZHUANG SHI||G||3||Stuart Kendrick|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
Gai Waterhouse celebrated her maiden Australian Derby win in 2023 with Major Beel ($31) in partnership with Adrian Bott. Waterhouse’s father TJ Smith holds the Australian Derby record having prepared an incredible nine winners throughout his career.
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
|2023 Australian Derby||1st||Major Beel||2 minutes 40.37 seconds|
|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|