The Championships Day 1 – Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, April 10, 2021|
|Location:||Royal Randwick, Sydney|
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.
2021 Australian Derby odds
Armed with a devasting turn of foot, Mo’unga is the current All In favourite for the 2021 Australian Derby. Odds of $6.00 are available for the Annabel Neasham runner.
The winner of the New Zealand Derby, Rocket Spade will be looking to add an Australian Derby to his career record and odds of $8 are available making him the only other runner in single figures.
Amarelinha and Cherry Tortoni have both been specked at an each-way price.
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 Australian Derby 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. A favourite has not won the Australian Derby since Criterion took out the race in 2014.
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 fillies or 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.
Only five horses have ever done the Autumn Triple Crown when taking out the Randwick & Rosehill Guineas before going on to take out the Australian Derby. They were Moorland (1943), Martello Towers (1959), Imagele (1973), Octagonal (1996) and Dundeel (2013).
2021 Australian Derby result
Recent runnings of the Australian Derby
- Quick Thinker may not have started favourite in the 2020 Australian Derby, but it surprised no one to see the Murray Baker trained runner claim the Australian Derby. In an Australian Derby like no other (raced behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic), Quick Thinker and Zebrowski paired off over the last 300m and went stride for stride before Quick Thinker got his head down in time to hold out Zebrowski. Quick Thinker’s win in the Australian Derby handed co-trainer Murray Baker his fifth ATC Derby
- In a surprise result in the Derby Angel Of Truth delivered a front running display to take out the Group 1 event. Spearing out to an early lead the horse got some cheap sectionals and was able to kick away in the straight with Kiwi pair Madison County and Surely Sacred rounding out the placings behind the double figure winner.
- 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.
Previous winners of the Australian Derby
|Australian Derby Past Winners|
|2020||Quick Thinker||Opie Bosson||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|2019||Angel Of Truth||Corey Brown||Gwenda Markwell|
|2018||Levendi||Mark Zahra||Peter Gelagotis|
|2017||Jon Snow||Damian Lane||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|2016||Tavago||Tommy Berry||Trent Busuttin|
|2015||Mongolian Khan||Opie Bosson||Murray Baker|
|2014||Criterion||Hugh Bowman||David Payne|
|2013||It’s A Dundeel||James McDonald||Murray Baker|
|2012||Ethiopia||Rhys McLeod||Pat Carey|
|2011||Shamrocker||Glen Boss||Danny O’Brien|
|2010||Shoot Out||Stathi Katsidis||John Wallace|
|2009||Roman Emperor||Jim Cassidy||Bart Cummings|
|2008||Nom Du Jeu||Jeff Lloyd||Murray Baker|
|2007||Fiumicino||Darren Beadman||John Hawkes|
|2006||Headturner||Darren Beadman||John Hawkes|
|2005||Eremein||Corey Brown||Allan Denham|
|2004||Starcraft||Glen Boss||Garry Newham|
|2003||Clangalang||Scott Seamer||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou|
|2002||Don Eduardo||Damien Oliver||Lee Freedman|
|2001||Universal Prince||Justin Sheehan||Bede Murray|
|2000||Fairway||Brian York||Jack Denham|
Australian Derby Past Winners Pre 2000
|Australian Derby Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1982||Rose Of Kingston|
|1981||Our Paddy Boy|
|1978||RACE NOT HELD|
|1969||Divide And Rule|