Australian Derby 2021

Saturday April 3, 2021

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, but was back up to $2 million again in 2021.

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 next edition of the Australian Derby takes place on Saturday April 3, 2021.  

Australian Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 3, 2021
  • 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

2021 Australian Derby Results

The 2021 Australian Derby results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 3, 2021 and published below.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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).

2021 Australian Derby Betting

The Australian Derby odds 2021 will be published below as soon as our markets are open on the three-years-old autumn classic.

Australian Derby 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Australian Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

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 Tuesday 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.

2021 Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby 2021 field and barrier draw will be published here when they are released on the Tuesday of race week.

2021 Australian Derby Nominations

Nominations for the Australian Derby in 2021 close at midday on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021.

The 2021 Australian Derby nominations attracted 129 young stayers including the VRC Oaks winning filly Personal, Bondi Stakes winning So You Think colt Peltzer and the popular Cherry Tortoni.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 14 ADANDIMAN C 3 Mitchell Freedman
2 111x1x AEGON (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
3 164 AHSO G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
4 1×2 AKASAWA G 3 Paul Messara
5 12x38317x9 ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
6 2112x AMARELINHA (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards
7 3516 AMFISSA (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
8 22223x AMULET STREET G 3 James Cummings
9 64x6270x2x ANTHEMIC (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
10 30297x ARCADIA POWER C 3 Todd Smart
11 7109x BAK DA MAN (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
12 112x BELTORO G 3 Robert Hickmott
13 5184x5244x BLACK DUKE G 3 Richard Litt
14 3x66x11x25 BLAZE A TRAIL C 3 Matthew Vella 72
15 731733x BOB G 3 Mark Newnham 60
16 3x BREASLEY G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
17 11733x BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller 78
18 21x BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) F 3 Grahame Begg
19 1140x CAMBOURNE C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
20 352x CAPTAIN SPUD G 3 Peter Gelagotis
21 7x418x CHARMED INDIVIDUAL (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
22 111x32714x CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne
23 20100×3 CLINCHED G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
24 123x CONCEITED C 3 James Cummings 77
25 233441312x CONFRONTATIONAL C 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
26 0x4291x7x COUP DE TONNERRE C 3 Matt Cumani
27 36x731415x CRIMINAL G 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
28 45259x DALGARNO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
29 4×5415 D’CLONE (NZ) G 3 David Vandyke
30 234x DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
31 99138x DON LUIGI G 3 Kerry Parker 59
32 5x0217x DUBAWI PRINCE G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
33 1 DUNDIRTCHEAP G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
34 3121245x4x EASY CAMPESE G 3 John Sargent 68
35 2x2211x EXOBOOM G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 67
36 1511 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
37 8x7345x4 FAVREAU (NZ) G 3 John Sargent
38 3323x FIELDS OF HONOUR (NZ) C 3 Bjorn Baker
39 671x FLASH PANTHER G 3 Chris Waller 59
40 5211 FLEXIBLE F 3 James Cummings 71
41 FOSCOLO C 3 Annabel Neasham
42 FRONTMAN (NZ) C 3 Bjorn Baker
43 0146x FURIOSO (NZ) G 3 Matt Cumani
44 x224x285x7 GLOBAL QUEST C 3 Annabel Neasham 78
45 517x4230x GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
46 518x8x GRIP C 3 Michael Moroney
47 0x1x HARMONY NATION G 3 Archie Alexander
48 112x HARMONY ROSE F 3 Mark Newnham 66
49 31x1x HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) C 3 Brent Stanley
50 132x HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ) G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 68
51 19x05x HINCH’EM UP G 3 Gregory Hickman 53
52 11x3x IL AFFARE (NZ) F 3 Peter L Williams
53 42x256x1 IRONEDGE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
54 22x JASON BELLTREE (NZ) C 3 Bruce Wallace
55 6133×4 JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
56 1x JIMMY ROCKFORD G 3 Greg Eurell
57 3291 JUST A JEDI G 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 60
58 44x2411x KERMANDING G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 66
59 9112x7612x KHOEKHOE C 3 Matt Cumani
60 240x LAUGHING GRIZZLEY G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
61 76x LE VIZIR C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
62 1x2112x LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 3 John O’Shea 86
63 1x LORD ARDMORE (NZ) C 3 Stephen McKee
64 116x64457x LUNAR FOX C 3 Paul Preusker
65 745×211 MAASIR (NZ) G 3 Jamie Richards
66 30x3141x MAJOR ARTIE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 68
67 47x51x25 MAUI (NZ) G 3 Phillip Stokes
68 4x2x MIGHTYBEEL (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller
69 MILFORD (NZ) C 3 Stephen Marsh
70 0x176644x MIRAVALLE F 3 Mark Newnham
71 14x314113x MONTEFILIA F 3 David Payne
72 3x MONTRE MOI (NZ) C 3 Johno Benner
73 1x117x MO’UNGA (NZ) C 3 Annabel Neasham 79
74 5x4321x MR POCKET (NZ) G 3 Travis Doudle
75 136x MR WOLF G 3 Matt Cumani
76 3176×24192 NARVAEZ C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
77 616x NOBEL HEIGHTS C 3 Matt Cumani
78 8422x174x OLYMPIC GAZE G 3 Paul Perry
79 1745x135x OSCAR ZULU G 3 Chris Waller 70
80 213×7 OUTBURST G 3 Paul Messara 59
81 4x PAROCHIAL G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
82 11x24511x1 PELTZER C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 96
83 8x PENITENTIARY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
84 37x113425x PERFECT SCENARIO (NZ) G 3 Jamie Richards
85 130x52221x PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
86 PIERRO ROSSO C 3 Shaune Ritchie
87 2310×1 POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney
88 6218x PRINCE ROMANY G 3 Matt Cumani
89 34x64531x PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) C 3 Edward Cummings 59
90 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker
91 78×327 RAFFISH G 3 Archie Alexander
92 REDSKIN JIMMY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
93 12×94 ROCK THE BELLS G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 60
94 124512 ROCKET SPADE C 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
95 32 RONDINO G 3 Gregory Hickman
96 6x2x SABOR C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
97 5170x421x SAFFIANO G 3 Annabel Neasham 71
98 32x156x SAMMY C 3 Kris Lees 60
99 35x5x123 SETANTA C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
100 93x1295x SHADDY G 3 Richard Litt 60
101 55 SIMPKIN G 3 Michael Moroney
102 5321×11 SKY LAB G 3 Paul Perry 72
103 4619x SOCRATES (NZ) C 3 John O’Shea 60
104 253 SUPPRESSION (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
105 25312x TECTONICUS G 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 63
106 6x853x THE ADMIRAL G 3 Michael Moroney
107 707x513x THE CULLINAN G 3 Bryan Dais
108 712111x THE ELANORA C 3 Chris Waller
109 2x THE IRISHMAN (NZ) C 3 Mark Newnham
110 5x314x THE MEDIATOR C 3 Mark Newnham 59
111 041x THE NIGHT TRAIN C 3 Paul Perry 54
112 57x134760x THE PRES G 3 Kevin Corstens
113 81746x TOKEN SPIRIT G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
114 x522x1132x TOSCANINI C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 71
115 361x TRAIL BLAZER G 3 Michael Moroney
116 TRIBUTE KING (NZ) G 3 Shaune Ritchie
117 26x TUSCAN GAZE C 3 Chris Waller
118 323x ULAANBAATAR (NZ) G 3 Stephen Marsh
119 UNDEMOCRATIC C 3 Todd Howlett
120 4121x VICTORIA QUAY F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
121 32431x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) G 3 Grant & Alana Williams
122 222×1 WHEELHOUSE C 3 Chris Waller 69
123 6510x5x WISE COUNSEL G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
124 1x YALETOWN G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 60
125 763×143 YIYI G 3 Chris Waller
126 123×7 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien
127 64x1x6 YULONG CODE C 3 Peter G Moody
128 64×9431 ZAKSPEED G 3 Wendy Roche 56
129 043x ZUDIN C 3 Chris Waller

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Australian Derby First Acceptances

The official Australian Derby 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday the 30th of March, 2021.

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).

2021 Australian Derby Tips

Our exclusive Australian Derby 2021 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

2021 Australian Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Derby 2021 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
2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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