|Date||Day One of The Championships – Saturday, April 7, 2018|
|Location||Royal Randwick, Sydney|
|Prize Money||$2 Million|
The Group 1 Australian Derby is raced under set weight conditions and is only open to three-year-olds over the 2400m distance.
The race one of the main features of day one of The Championships.
The final race field is determined by the amount of prize money each nominated horse has earned, with it not uncommon for there to be upwards of 100 nominations.
A star-studded list of horses have won the race, including Bonecrusher, Criterion and Roman Emperor.
2018 Australian Derby result
Australian Derby odds
The Australian Derby is one of the more popular betting races of day one of The Championships, and great odds are always on offer given the competitiveness of this Group 1 contest.
Check back closer to race day for more in-depth markets on the Australian Derby.
Best Australian Derby bookmakers
All the major Australian-licensed bookies will have wagering Australian Derby with most of them having an all-in market well in advance of race day.
If you are looking to bet at a venue you will find markets available with the TAB for the Doncaster Mile in the week leading up to, and on the day of the race.
The following bookies are our favourites to bet on Australian racing, you can follow the links to read comprehensive reviews of each.
Betting guide for the Australian Derby
More often than not roughies get the job done at odds in the Derby.
In the period from 2017-2007 there has been three winners priced over $11, with Tavago (2015), Ethiopia (2012) and Nom Du Jou (2008) some of the more notable ones to win at long odds.
It is also a race that has been largely dominated by colts and geldings, with Shamrocker (2011) one of the few mares to have won it in the last 30 years.
Major 3yo races that are held in weeks prior to the Derby have been the best lead-in guides. The Group 1 Randwick Guineas at Randwick, or the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill have all produced competitors in the Australian Derby.
Recent runnings of the Australian Derby
- In one of the more dramatic Australian Derby finishes in recent memory, Peter Gelagotis-trained Levendi rocketed home to defeat favourite Ace High right on the line. The horse survived a protest, delivering a memorable win for team Gelagotis.
- Jon Snow continued the dominance of the New Zealand-trained runners after Tavago and Mongolian Khan saluted in previous years. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained three-year-old dictated play and was never in doubt as it quickly put multiple lengths on the chasers. Harper’s Choice and Hardham made ground late, but Jon Snow was off and gone. Fellow Kiwi Gingernuts was under pressure around the turn and finished fifth with Queensland Derby winner Ruthven finishing in fourth. Read the race report here..
- Tavago stunned a quality field to win this edition of the Derby at odds of $31. Tavago easily beat home Jameka, with Tally further back in third. The Tavistock gelding also had to contend with the $1.65 favourite Tarzino, but it never looked good in the conditions, fading to finish fourth. A New Zealand import, Tavago moved to Australia with his jet-setting trainers, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, who crossed the ditch to move to Cranbourne soon after the victory.
- Mongolian Khan was too good for a strong field, with the Murray Baker-trained three year old adding the Derby victory to its victory in the New Zealand Derby. Again the form had not been impressive after a poor run in the Rosehill Guineas weeks earlier. But Opie Bosson guided Mongolian Khan home, with Hauraki almost a length further back. Volkstok’n’barrell finished well for third. Pre-race favourite Preferment finished well back in the field with Damien Oliver onboard.
- Criterion went in as a clear-cut favourite and delivered, beating home Tupac Amaru and Hooked. Trained by David Payne and ridden by top hoop Hugh Bowman, Criterion handled the heavy conditions well to defy its Golden Slipper winning bloodline and notably win a stayers race.
- t’s A Dundeel, the son of dual Derby winner High Chapparal, booted home at the shortest price in 25 years. The Murray Baker star jumped at $1.24 with James McDonald in the saddle and the famous trio won their eighth race, from 11 starts, as a combination. Settling right back off the pace, It’s A Dundeel was still well back with 500m to go, but a devastating turn of foot had the punters rocking. It won by six lengths from Phillippi, while the early leader Kingdoms finished well back in third.
- In just its fourth career start Ethiopia broke its Maiden to win the Derby. Trained by Pat Carey, Ethiopia was expertly guided by Rhys McLeod, who settled the $15 shot at the tail of the field. It then produced a withering burst of speed to win from Polish Knight $8, while favourite Laser Hawk ($3.20) finished further back in third.
Past Australian Derby winners
|Year||Australian Derby Past Winner|
|2013||It’s A Dundeel|
|2008||Nom Du Jeu|
|1982||Rose Of Kingston|
|1981||Our Paddy Boy|
|1978||Race Not Held|
|1969||Divide And Rule|
|1935||Allunga / Homer|
|1919||Artilleryman / Richmond Main|