Australian Derby 2020

Saturday April 4, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby is a popular autumn betting double

The Australian Derby, also known as the ATC Derby, is one of four Group 1 races taking place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the first Saturday in April on Day 1 of The Championships. The meeting is also referred to as Doncaster Mile Day and the other elite levels on the card are the TJ Smith Stakes, ATC Inglis’ Sires Produce Stakes and the Doncaster Mile.

The Australian Derby is open to three-year-old horses and offers $2 million in total prize money including $1.2 million to the winning youngster.

The Australian Derby prizemoney for 2020 was reduced to $1 million including $580,000 for the winning three-year-old because of the Coronavirus pandemic and it’s impact on Australian racing.

Run at set weights over 2400m the colts and geldings in the Australian Derby field carry 56.5kg and the fillies 54.5kg.

The winners of the Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas are exempt from Australian Derby ballot each year and provide key lead-ups to the mile and a half classic. The Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double was last completed by Criterion (2014).

The latest edition of the Australian Derby took place on Saturday April 4, 2020 with co-trainer Murray Baker claiming his fifth success with Quick Thinker.  

Australian Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Set Weights – 3YOs
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million ($1 million in 2020 due to Coronavirus)
  • First Run: 1861

2020 Australian Derby Results

The 2020 Australian Derby results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 4, 2020 and published below.

  • 1st: #6 Quick Thinker
  • 2nd: #7 Zebrowksi
  • 3rd: #5 Eric The Eel

Quick Thinker made history as the fourth three-year-old in as many years to back-up off a Group 2 Tulloch Stakes success and win the Group 1 ATC Derby. The 2020 ATC Derby results also so Kiwi trainer Murray Baker celebrate his fifth win in the feature.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg $8
2 7 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 0.2L 4 56.5kg $13
3 5 ERIC THE EEL Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 1.5L 10 56.5kg $19
4 2 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7.5L 7 56.5kg $5.50
5 12 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8.5L 3 56.5kg $41
6 3 WARNING Anthony Freedman Tommy Berry 9L 9 56.5kg $5
7 8 CHAINS OF HONOUR Gerald Ryan Robbie Dolan (a) 9.3L 5 56.5kg $101
8 4 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Kerrin McEvoy 11.3L 11 56.5kg $19
9 1 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt James McDonald 21.5L 8 56.5kg $2.60F
10 9 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Brenton Avdulla 21.9L 2 56.5kg $41
11 10 DIASONIC Richard Laming Tim Clark 40.1L 1 56.5kg $61
11 GET THE IDEA John Sargent Jason Collett 0

Australian Derby Odds & Betting

Australian Derby betting markets are dominated by young staying types showing a potential to step up to 2400m and run out the distance.

The best performers in the Rosehill Guineas over 400m shorter a fortnight earlier always feature highly in the Australian Derby odds and the double was achieved twice in three years when It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Criterion (2014) scored both Group 1s.

Mongolian Khan (5th in 2015) was the last ATC Derby winner to back-up from a run in the Rosehill Guineas.

Fillies have a very poor record against the boys in the Australian Derby and make a risky punt with only one beating home the boys in over 30 years in Shamrocker (2011) as they are usually taking on their own kind in the Australian Oaks the following weekend.

Australian Derby betting favourites saluted three times from 2006 – 2020 most recently with Criterion (2014).

2020 Australian Derby Betting

The Australian Derby odds 2020 will be published below as soon as our markets are open on the three-years-old autumn classic.

Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby field features a selection of the season’s best staying three-year-olds facing off over the mile and a half, many seeing the distance for the first time.

The traditional lead-up for horses heading into the Australian Derby field is the Group Rosehill Guineas (2000m) held a fortnight before.

Australian Derby odds were short on the 2014 winner Criterion

Criterion (2014) is one of the last Australian Derby betting favourites to salute for the punters. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Three times since 2003, 18 horses have lined-up in the Australian Derby field when Clangalang (2003), Criterion (2014) and Levendi (2018) won against capacity fields.

Australian Derby nominations are taken on a Monday in early February before first acceptances a month later in the first week of March.

Final Australian Derby acceptances then close on the Tuesday before the race attracting a fee of $7,700 for connections when the field and barrier draw is released.

2020 Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby 2020 field and barrier draw will be published here when they are released.

Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio leads a 12-horse 2020 Australian Derby final field drawn in barrier nine, while the danger in betting from gate seven is Randwick Guineas champ Shadow Hero.

  • Scratchings: #11 Get The Idea (8)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x4722x681 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt James McDonald 9 56.5kg 110
2 4x3115x514 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7 56.5kg 107
3 x34121x755 WARNING Anthony Freedman Tommy Berry 10 56.5kg 103
4 x151341317 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Kerrin McEvoy 12 56.5kg 100
5 45x30x6131 ERIC THE EEL Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg
6 x1356x4231 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg 83
7 26×112 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 4 56.5kg 77
8 17x11x98 CHAINS OF HONOUR Gerald Ryan Robbie Brewer 5 56.5kg 76
9 947319×241 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Brenton Avdulla 2 56.5kg
10 155×4233 DIASONIC Richard Laming Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 73
11 1120 GET THE IDEA John Sargent Jason Collett 8 56.5kg 67
12 x66300x112 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56.5kg 65

2020 Australian Derby First Acceptances

The official Australian Derby 2020 first acceptances feature 53 hopefuls including the Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 3212×7815 BLAZING SUNRISE G 3 Kris Lees 63
2 17104×18 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87
3 x22122x134 BRANDENBURG (NZ) C 3 John Sargent 107
4 1x4722x681 CASTELVECCHIO C 3 Richard Litt 110
5 17x11x98 CHAINS OF HONOUR G 3 Gerald Ryan 76
6 12×349 CHENIER C 3 Anthony Freedman 84
7 4254126×31 CHUCK A LUCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 74
8 7×61107 CLASSIC BRIGHT C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
9 1423642129 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 87
10 4182x406x6 CREATOR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 69
11 155×4233 DIASONIC G 3 Richard Laming 73
12 36×31 ENTENTE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 62
13 45x30x6131 ERIC THE EEL G 3 Stuart Kendrick
14 5x1421x438 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
15 1134×906 FORTRESS COMMAND C 3 Gerald Ryan 74
16 6230×344 FRANKIE BLUE EYES (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
17 11x211x214 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller 106
18 54x832x195 GAME OF THORNS F 3 Kris Lees 76
19 1120 GET THE IDEA G 3 John Sargent 67
20 86224 GREYDOTCOM G 3 Michael Moroney
21 113×40 HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
22 6×34317 HIGHMASTER G 3 Gwenda Markwell 58
23 452127 HOLY SUNDAY G 3 John Sargent 54
24 4120 IMPACTFUL C 3 Chris Waller 66
25 31×63 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman
26 52121×90 LEWIS G 3 Chris Waller 69
27 26724×426 LIAM’S THE BOSS G 3 Brad Widdup
28 x113411x84 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
29 7182295 MOUNT MADEIRA (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
30 18×6367 MYSTERY TRICK G 3 Bjorn Baker
31 3x3121x406 PANCHO G 3 Chris Waller 87
32 651x PINEAPPLE GIRL F 3 Michael Moroney
33 2×2118 PRIDE OF ADELAIDE G 3 Nathan Doyle 65
34 x1356x4231 QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 83
35 123×8243 RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller 96
36 23234×1424 RELUCENT (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 69
37 x66300x112 SACRAMENTO G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 65
38 6717×53523 SCICONIC G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 57
39 7631113230 SCORPZ (NZ) C 3 Stephen Marsh
40 77x8259x61 SERENGETI G 3 Danny O’Brien
41 4x3115x514 SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham 107
42 x151341317 SHERWOOD FOREST G 3 Tony Pike 100
43 31666×2049 SIRMAZE G 3 Jason Coyle 60
44 947319×241 SKIDDAW C 3 Danny O’Brien
45 01141×5060 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 83
46 51×21155 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
47 3x25110x78 THOUGHT OF THAT G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
48 2323x TIBETAN (NZ) G 3 Andrew R Campbell
49 6275 UNAMERICAN G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
50 771197 VISCOSITY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
51 x34121x755 WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 103
52 11x7L0x674 YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
53 26×112 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 77

Australian Derby Tips

Australian Derby tips are usually determined by the results of the Rosehill Guineas two weeks earlier at Sydney’s other premier track.

Only three times from 2001-2020 has an Australian Derby winner run worse than fourth in their lead-up run with Roman Emperor (2009) and Mongolian Khan (2015) both coming off fifths in the Rosehill Guineas, and Tavago (2016) improving on a sixth in the NZ Derby before his upset win at Australian Derby odds of $31.

Other Australian Derby betting tips include avoiding fillies who have a very bad record in the race and sticking to Sydney form with just three winners in over 30 years not coming off a Rosehill run last time out.

The other key tip is to look at the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes winner with all four champions from 2017-20 going on to take out the ATC Derby: Jon Snow (2017), Levendi (2018), Angel Of Truth (2019) and Quick Thinker (2020).

2020 Australian Derby Tips

Our exclusive Australian Derby 2020 betting tips on the three-year-old stayers to back and sack in the feature autumn staying showdown will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Australian Derby Form Guide

The Australian Derby form guide shows the full field, barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the mix. Using the information to place a well-informed tip is essential and it is a great idea to look at horses that ran top three in the Rosehill Guineas last time out when doing the Australian Derby form.

Historical data dating back from 1983 shows that most Australian Derby winners jumped from barriers 1 – 8 with the most successful gates in that time being 1 with six winners and 8 with seven winners up until 2016.

Australian Derby Form Facts

  • Just three fillies from 1983 – 2020 have won the Australian Derby
  • Rosehill is the best form to follow into the race with all but three of the Australian Derby winners (from 1983 – 2020) having come off a run at Sydney’s other best race track
  • The Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby betting double is a popular one with punters and history shows Criterion (2014) was the last horse to win both races
  • Barrier one has produced the most successful Australian Derby results in the past 30 years including three straight wins from 2014 – 2017

2020 Australian Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Derby 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Australian Derby Results

The Australian Derby results and finishing order are known when the race runs on Day 1 of Sydney’s The Championships on the first Saturday in April. Along with the Australian Derby winner the results reveal the winning trainer, jockey, margin and time as well as the starting prices of all the runners.

The most notable upset Australian Derby results in recent years include Tavago ($31 in 2016), Ethiopia ($15 in 2012) and Nom Du Jeu ($26 in 2008).

Notable Australian Derby winners in the past 10 years include trainer Murray Baker’s fifth champion Quick Thinker (2020), Mongolian Khan (2015), Criterion (2014), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Headturner (2006).

Australian Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Quick Thinker Zebrowski Eric The Eel 2:34.2
2019 Angel Of Truth Madison County Surely Sacred 2:35.6
2018 Levendi Ace High Tangled 2:28.7
2017 Jon Snow Harper’s Choice Hardham 2:38.1
2016 Tavago Jameka Tally 2:37.1
2015 Mongolian Khan Hauraki Volkstok’n’barrell 2:37.1
2014 Criterion Tupac Amaru Hooked 2:38.4
2013 It’s A Dundeel Philippi Kingdoms 2:33.4
2012 Ethiopia Polish Knight Laser Hawk 2:28.7
2011 Shamrocker Retrieve Anacheeva 2:29.4
2010 Shoot Out Descarado Monaco Consul 2:32.6
2009 Roman Emperor Harris Tweed Predatory Pricer 2:31.0
2008 Nom De Jeu Red Ruler Littorio 2:36.2
2007 Flumicino Ambitious General Tuesday Joy 2:36.4
2006 Headturner De Beers Testafiable 2:29.9
2005 Eremein Stella Grande Railings 2:35.8
2004 Starcraft Braeloch Delzao 2:34.8
2003 Clangalang Strasbourg Mummify 2:32.3
2002 Don Eduardo Carnegie Express Pentastic 2:32.7
2001 Universal Prince Sir Clive Danamite 2:30.8
2000 Fairway Shogun Lodge Now Voyager 2:34.0