The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby, which will run at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 13, 2013.
Fiveandahalfstar is absent from the 2013 ATC Australian Derby field, due to an injury he sustained during his Group 1 The BMW win last Saturday.
The star three-year-old has sprained his fetlock, which trainer Anthony Cummings has revealed is a rare occurrence.
“This is an entirely unusual injury,” Cummings said.
“He has a sprained off fore fetlock – sort of like a sprained ankle – and we were hoping he would be OK for the Derby but the injury has not settled down quickly enough.
“We could have pushed on but it would have been a risk and the owners do not want to take any risks with this horse so he out of the Derby and will go for a good spell.”
While Fiveandahalfstar is out of the remainder of the autumn carnival, he is expected to be back with a vengeance during the spring.
“It is a reasonable expectation to say he will be aimed at races like the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup,” Cummings said.
10 three-year-olds have accepted for the 2013 ATC Australian Derby final field and barrier draw, including It’s A Dundeel.
It’s A Dundeel has won seven of his 10 race starts and has earned more than $1.1 million in prize money during his horse racing career.
The three-year-old won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas by an incredible seven lengths last start.
Prior to that run, It’s A Dundeel also claimed victory in the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas.
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2013 ATC Australian Derby – Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||111127×411||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||8||56.5kg||113|
|2||11214×8417||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||7||56.5kg||95|
|3||111×4621||PHILIPPI||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||1||56.5kg||98|
|4||x6121x7960||SOLEMN||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||56.5kg||74|
|5||21452112||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||5||56.5kg||84|
|6||38×115554||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||Tommy Berry||2||56.5kg||71|
|7||31320×9145||GERONTIUS||David Hayes||Corey Brown||9||56.5kg||70|
|8||8×1264||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||Michael Rodd||10||56.5kg||67|
|9||1×6868||HIGH SHOT (NZ)||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||6||56.5kg||64|
|10||620×175||BLOODBUZZ OHIO||Troy Portelli||Jim Cassidy||3||56.5kg||61|