Australian Derby Day News
The 2015 Australian Derby nominations have been released and 109 horses are a chance of contesting the $2 million event at Royal Randwick on April 4. Chris Waller-trained Preferment produced a tough staying performance to take out the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2400m) and he has been included in the…
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Australian Derby Day
The Group 1 2015 Australian Derby exists as one of the most prestigious events in Australian racing, although not quite as popular as Melbourne’s annual Melbourne Cup.
Exclusively for three-year-olds, it is a top ranked event in Australia and New Zealand for horses of that age and offers a huge prize pool of $2 million.
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The 2015 Australian Derby will be held on April 4th, 2015.
At 2400 metres, the Australian Derby provides a genuine staying test and sees some of the most promising three-year-olds in the country line up to chase Group 1 glory.
Hend annually in March or April, Australian Derby Day takes place as one of the biggest feature meetings at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Punters flock to Royal Randwick Racecourse to get a glimpse of the best up-and-coming stayers in the country, with many Australian Derby champions going on to win events such as the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup.
While the three-year-old feature is undoubtedly the highlight on Australian Derby Day, there is plenty of other exciting racing action.
Other races to take place on Australian Derby Day include the Group 1 TJ Smith for sprinters, the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes for two-year-olds and the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes.
The Championships Day 1
Inaugurated in 2014, The Championships at Royal Randwick is a two day event of top quality racing, featuring some of the greatest thoroughbreds in Australia competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious races. With nearly $20 million prize money available over the two days, The Championships truly is a racing extravaganza. Besides the Australian Derby, the races featuring on The Championships Day 1 are:
- Gr 1 $3m Doncaster Mile (1600m)
- Gr 1 $2.5m TJ Smith Stakes (1200m)
- Gr 1 $1m Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
- Gr 2 $300k Chairman’s Handicap (2600m)
- Gr 3 $200k Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m)
- Gr 3 $200k Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- Gr 3 $200k PJ Bell Stakes (1200m)
- Gr 3 $200k Kindergarten Stakes (1100m)
- $291k Country Championships Final (1400m)
First running in 1861, the Australian Derby was originally named the AJC Randwick Derby Stakes before changing to the AJC Australia Derby Stakes from 1856 until 1873.
In 1873 it underwent another name change when called the AJC Derby which it remained until it got changing to its current name in 1993.
The Australian Derby was originally run over 1.5 miles (2414m) but changed to the metric system distance of 2400 metres in 1972.
Under Australian racing regulations, geldings were banned from the event from 1932 to 1956.
Some of the most famous horses in Australian history have won the Australian Derby including the great Phar Lap, Tulloch and Kingston Town.
It is not unusual for Australian Derby winners to progress on to bigger and better things at open level, with many Derby winners going on to win some of the nation’s most prestigious races.
Champion 10-time Group 1 winning horse Octagonal holds the record for the fastest time of 2.28.41.
List of Winners since 1979
|2013||It’s A Dundeel|
|2008||Nom Du Jeu|
|1982||Rose of Kingston|
|1981||Our Paddy Boy|