Ten runners have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to slick form in his most recent appearance on course, Preferment ($3.40) has maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Australian Derby betting markets ahead of Hauraki ($3.60), Volkstok’N’Barrell ($4.60) and Mongolian Khan ($8.50) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Preferment justify favouritism and win the 2015 Australian Derby, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Mongolian Khan ($8.50)
Allocated the rails draw, Kiwi raider Mongolian Khan was unable to match the late pace when fifth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) first-up but returns to his pet distance of a mile and a half this weekend and will be very difficult to beat. Posting an impressive six race wins from only eight competitive starts so far; the Holy Roman Emperor colt won each of the Listed Guineas Prelude (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) on his way to an impressive win in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in late February. Regular rider Oppie Bosson will fly to Sydney for the Australian Derby and knows Mongolian Khan inside and out.
Talented colt Preferment posted an impressive campaign through the 2014 Spring Carnival, is a Group 1 winner over the distance and is in the right form to finish in the first three in the 2015 Australian Derby. Running fourth in a minor over 1600m and second in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) before taking out the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), the son of Zabeel was unable to figure amongst talented fields in his first two starts this time in, but responded well to a step-up to 2000m in the Rosehill Guineas last start. Confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver, Preferment will be difficult to beat this weekend.
Yet to finish outside the places over nine starts, Volkstok’N’Barrell won the Rosehill Guineas in his first Australian start and appears likely to produce another competitive performance this weekend. Winning both the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka Mile (1600m) before finishing second in the New Zealand Derby most notably, the Lord Tavistock gelding will leave from the central barrier 5 this weekend with Craig Williams confirmed to retain the ride.
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