Australian Derby 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017

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. Run at set weights over 2400m the colts and geldings 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 1, 2017.

2017 Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: Jon Snow
  • 2nd: Harper’s Choice
  • 3rd: Hardham

Australian Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 1, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Set Weights – 3YOs
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1861

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.

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 – 2017 most recently with Criterion (2014).

2017 Australian Derby Betting

The Australian Derby odds 2017 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, a race that produced all but three of the Australian Derby winners from 2009 – 2017.

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.

Twice since 2003 18 horses have lined-up in the Australian Derby field when Clangalang (2003) and Criterion (2014) won respectively. 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.

2017 Australian Derby Field

The Australian Derby 2017 field and barrier draw will be released on Tuesday March 28, 2017 and published below

  • 2017 Australian Derby Nominations closed on February 6, 2017 and attracted 133 early entries
  • 2017 Australian Derby First Acceptances were taken on March 7, 2017 leaving 52 hopefuls

The official 2017 Australian Derby Final Field attracted thirteen three-year-old stayers dominated by the Kiwi raider Gingernuts who drew out in gate 12, is proven on Heavy going and comes off a smart Rosehill Guineas win.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 63351×6202 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 56.5kg 107
2 21×401111 GINGERNUTS (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 12 56.5kg 106
3 x11433x512 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg 100
4 x289333731 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 100
5 165344×403 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Kerrin McEvoy 7 56.5kg 86
6 1x3670x671 HARDHAM David Brideoake Luke Nolen 5 56.5kg 84
7 323211×354 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 1 56.5kg 80
8 112×522 RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 8 56.5kg 76
9 26×3121265 HARPER’S CHOICE Gerald Ryan Jason Collett 10 56.5kg 74
10 53226×5576 HOLLYWOOD MO Paul Perry Zac Purton 3 56.5kg
11 17346 IMPAVIDO Bjorn Baker Joao Moreira 11 56.5kg 74
12 312×758 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) Mark Newnham Tye Angland 2 56.5kg 68
13 95416×5062 SHINE TAK STAR John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 13 56.5kg 59

2017 Australian Derby First Acceptances

The official Australian Derby 2017 first acceptances are now out with 52 three-year-old stayers still in the mix including the spring’s Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon chasing the interstate Derby double and winner of the Randwick Guineas in the mud Inference from the Hawkes Racing stable.

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 since 2001 has an Australian Derby winner run worse than fourth in their lead-up runs 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.

2017 Australian Derby Tips

Our exclusive Australian Derby 2017 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 – 2017 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 – 2017) 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

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 Mongolian Khan (2015), Criterion (2014), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Headturner (2006).

2017 Australian Derby Results

The 2017 Australian Derby results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 1, 2017 and published below.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 56.5kg $7.50
2 9 HARPER’S CHOICE Gerald Ryan Jason Collett 0.8L 10 56.5kg $26
3 6 HARDHAM David Brideoake Luke Nolen 0.9L 5 56.5kg $31
4 8 RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 2.1L 8 56.5kg $15
5 2 GINGERNUTS (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 3.3L 12 56.5kg $2.60F
6 3 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5.4L 4 56.5kg $5
7 1 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 9.5L 6 56.5kg $11
8 10 HOLLYWOOD MO Paul Perry Zac Purton 9.6L 3 56.5kg $101
9 7 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 9.8L 1 56.5kg $11
10 11 IMPAVIDO Bjorn Baker Joao Moreira 10.1L 11 56.5kg $20
11 5 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Kerrin McEvoy 12.8L 7 56.5kg $15
12 13 SHINE TAK STAR John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 24.3L 13 56.5kg $201
13 12 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) Mark Newnham Tye Angland 50L 2 56.5kg $151

Australian Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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