Thirteen three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.
Tarzino savaged the line for success in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) a fortnight ago and has been confirmed in the 2016 Australian Derby final field.
A standout performer for Mick Price through his short but impressive racing career so far, Tarzino has posted four wins and three minors through only nine competitive starts.
Making a commendable transition to black type company when finishing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October last year, Tarzino savaged the line for third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) before ending his campaign with a dominant win in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
Resuming this time for fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), the Tavistock colt was unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in his only other start prior to the Rosehill Guineas.
Jameka ran on well for third in the Rosehill Guineas last start and has been confirmed as the only filly in the 2016 Australian Derby field.
Running third in the talent-rich Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) early in spring, Jameka progressed to second in each of the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) before winning the Moonee Valley Vase.
Producing a dominant performance to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 5th, Jameka returned for fourth in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1400m) and fifth in the Australian Guineas leading into the Rosehill Guineas.
Godolphin will launch a strong two-pronged attack in the 2016 Australian Derby after trainer John O’Shea confirmed both Tally and Etymology in the final field.
Tally is yet to taste anything but success through four starts this time and is arguably Godolphin’s best chance of success in the Australian Derby after leading hoop James McDonald was confirmed to take the ride on the colt.
Taking out a pair of minor races over 1450m and a mile respectively upon resuming in late January, the Street Cry colt comfortably won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) before repeating the dose in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) most recently.
Etymology experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence over the late stages of the Spring Carnival; running third in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and second in the Victoria Derby.
Having clearly needed a couple of runs to find condition when ninth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and tenth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), the New Approach colt ran sixth in the Rosehill Guineas a fortnight ago.
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2016 Australian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||311731×421||TARZINO (NZ)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||6||56.5kg||110|
|2||462111×064||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||56.5kg||100|
|3||313632×906||ETYMOLOGY||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||5||56.5kg||88|
|4||52215×1111||TALLY||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||56.5kg||94|
|5||17148×6594||SOVEREIGN NATION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Brenton Avdulla||11||56.5kg||84|
|6||16211×8872||TORGERSEN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||7||56.5kg||83|
|7||69358×8230||GOLD AMBITION (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Zac Purton||13||56.5kg||80|
|8||1567412||WHAT’S THE STORY (NZ)||Stephen Mckee||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||90|
|9||211306||TAVAGO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Tommy Berry||1||56.5kg||84|
|10||2251×9129||CROSLEY HOTSHOT||Bjorn Baker||Damian Lane||10||56.5kg||72|
|11||x323262208||OH SO SPLENDIDO (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||Christian Reith||3||56.5kg||–|
|12||4372×51220||ALFDEN||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||Tim Clark||2||56.5kg||56|
|13||x33211x453||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Damien Oliver||12||54.5kg||105|