2016 Australian Derby Field and Barrier Draw

March 29th, 2016

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 has been confirmed in the 2016 Australian Derby field. Photo: Steve Hart

Tarzino has been confirmed in the 2016 Australian Derby field. Photo: Steve Hart

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