44 talented three-year-olds have been confirmed in first acceptances for the 2015 Australian Derby (2400m); to be contested at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships, April 4th.
Hallowed Crown is a two-time Group 1 winner over short running distances, but has surprisingly been confirmed in 2015 Australian Derby first acceptances.
Posting six exceptional race wins from only seven competitive starts so far, Hallowed Crown debuted to racing for a comfortable win in a minor sprint before making a successful transition to black type racing in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) during the 2014 edition of The Championships.
Returning in spring for further success in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m), the Street Sense colt broke through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th, despite having been allocated the wide and awkward barrier 14.
Returning this season for back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), an appearance in the Doncaster Mile on the same Randwick card appears more likely for Hallowed Crown.
Leading trainer Chris Waller appears likely to dominate the final field for the 2015 Australian Derby having included four runners in first acceptances, highlighted by Group 1 winners Preferment and Amicus.
Steadily building to the task over his maiden racing preparation, Preferment placed second in a pair of metropolitan Sydney minors before placing fourth when blocked for a run in the Shop With The TAB App Plate (1600m) on October 8th.
Again placing an agonizingly-close second in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m), the Zabeel colt broke through for a maiden race win in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1st.
Steadily building to the task over two starts this time in, Preferment is a leading chance of success over 2400m.
One of only a handful of fillies confirmed in Australian Derby first acceptances, Amicus register exceptional form over the 2014 Spring Carnival, resulting in a standout win in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas over a mile on October 11th.
Placing ninth in the talent-rich Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before running a credible fourth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) last time out, Waller will allow field to dictate whether or not Amicus will run in the Australian Derby or Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) for fillies one week later.
New Zealand trainer Murray Baker experienced success in the Australian Derby most recently via It’s A Dundeel in 2013, and is set to be offered a great chance of success in 2015 via Mongolian Khan.
Winning a maiden over 1400m on debut, the Holy Roman Emperor colt failed to make an impression when 12th in the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 4th, but has since claimed four-consecutive race wins, including each of the Listed Jester Pies (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) most recently.
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2015 Australian Derby First Acceptances
|1||BERSERK||Lee & Anthony Freedman||56.5kg||–|
|3||BLADEMEISTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg||68|
|4||BROGUE (NZ)||Steve Englebrecht||56.5kg||–|
|5||CAPED CRUSADER (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg||67|
|6||COLOUR OF MONEY||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg||66|
|7||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg||–|
|8||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||56.5kg||–|
|9||GENERAL JAMES (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||56.5kg||–|
|10||GENERAL ZABEEL (NZ)||John P Thompson||56.5kg||–|
|12||HAKUNA MATATA||Pat Carey||56.5kg||–|
|13||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg||–|
|14||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg||–|
|16||HENRY’S ON COURSE||Stephen Hill||56.5kg||–|
|18||HIGH MIDNIGHT||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg||–|
|19||HIGH SEAS||Bjorn Baker||56.5kg||–|
|20||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||56.5kg||–|
|21||LIE DIRECT||Steve Englebrecht||56.5kg||61|
|23||MASTER AGAR||Ron Quinton||56.5kg||66|
|24||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||56.5kg||–|
|25||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||56.5kg||–|
|26||NAZIR (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg||–|
|27||NORMAN RULES||Colin & Cindy Alderson||56.5kg||–|
|31||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||56.5kg||–|
|32||QUICK STRIKE||Chris Waller||56.5kg||70|
|33||RAMSDEN STREET||Colin & Cindy Alderson||56.5kg||–|
|34||RHODIN DRIVE||Gwenda Markwell||56.5kg||63|
|35||RULING DYNASTY||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg||65|
|36||SADDLER’S FLAME||Kevin Moses||56.5kg||62|
|38||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||56.5kg||–|
|39||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||56.5kg||–|
|40||ZABEELIONS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||56.5kg||–|
|42||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||54.5kg||77|
|43||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||54.5kg||–|
|44||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||54.5kg||–|