2015 Australian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw

March 31st, 2015

Just ten three-year-olds have been confirmed in the 2015 Australian Derby (2400m) final field, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing; to be contest on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok'N'Barrell will leave from barrier 5 in the 2015 Australian Derby. Photo: Steve Hart

Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok’N’Barrell will leave from barrier 5 in the 2015 Australian Derby. Photo: Steve Hart

The Chris Waller-trained Preferment is seeking a Derby double this weekend but will have to overcome the outside barrier 10 if to complete the rare feat.

Posting one win and five minor place finishes through his ten start career so far, Preferment steadily built to the task through the Spring Racing Carnival and incredibly posted a maiden race win in the featured Group 1 Victorian Derby (2500m).

Unable to make an impact in either of the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) or Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) upon resuming this year, the Zabeel colt locked in a fierce sprint battle with kiwi raider Volkstok’N’Barrell in the final straight of the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) two weeks ago and was unlucky to finish second.

Volkstok’N’Barrell is yet to finish outside the first three in nine competitive starts and is offered a great chance of further success in the 2015 Australian Derby after drawing the ideal barrier 5.

Breaking through for a maiden black type win in the Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) in spring, Volkstok’N’Barrell posting three consecutive victories upon resuming this time, highlighted by each of the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka Mile (1600m).

Progressing to third in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and second to fellow Australian Derby contestant Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), the Lord Tavistock gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by Rosehill Guineas jockey Craig Williams.

Murray Baker experienced success in the 2013 edition of the Australian Derby with It’s A Dundeel, and is offered a great chance of saddling the 2015 winner in Mongolian Khan (barrier 1).

Posting six wins from his eight career starts, the Holy Roman Emperor colt was unable to match the late pace when fifth in the Rosehill Guineas but stamped his claims as a serious Australian Derby prospect in winning each of the Listed Guineas Prelude (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m), Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and New Zealand Derby.

Hampton Court will line up for his four competitive start in as many weeks in the 2015 Australian Derby but is likely to find a good position early from gate 6.

A Group 1 winner having stormed home to win the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11th, the son of Redoute’s Choice is yet to find peak condition over a total of four starts this year and enters the Australian Derby off the back of a disappointing ninth in The BMW (2400m) last weekend.

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2015 Australian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 322421×062 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 10 56.5kg 105
2 311×111321 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Donna Logan Craig Williams 5 56.5kg 108
3 10111115 MONGOLIAN KHAN Murray Baker Opie Bosson 1 56.5kg 105
4 34118×9669 HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 100
5 11×6021 HAURAKI John O’Shea James McDonald 9 56.5kg 88
6 x3311x3534 QUICK STRIKE Chris Waller Tye Angland 3 56.5kg 72
7 412 OMEROS John Sargent Joao Moreira 2 56.5kg 78
8 461215 RULING DYNASTY Bart & James Cummings Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg 71
9 8817 BIKILA Pat Carey Chad Schofield 8 56.5kg 64
10 3×4310 BROGUE (NZ) Steve Englebrecht Christian Reith 7 56.5kg 64