Thirteen runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Tarzino has returned to racing in typically slick form this time and remains clear $1.90 favourite in 2016 Australian Derby betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Jameka and Tally; currently sharing the second line at $6.50 odds.
Will Tarzino justify favouritism and win the 2016 Australian Derby or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Tarzino is undoubtedly the class horse of the 2016 Australian Derby field and will be very hard to beat in the staying feature from barrier 6 and at level weights. Running on for a credible seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in early October, Tarzino savaged the line for third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) before taking out the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m). Resuming this time for fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), the Tavistock colt ran an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before returning to winning form in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last time.
Sole Australian Derby filly Jameka has built to the task through three starts this time and is primed for a big performance on Day 1 of The Championships this weekend. The standout performer for Ciaron Maher in spring, Jameka ran third in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) before placing second in each of the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m). Returning to winning form in the Moonee Valley Vase, the Myboycharlie filly capped her impressive preparation with success in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m). Having placed fourth in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1400m) and fifth in the Australian Guineas, Jameka ran on well for third in the Rosehill Guineas last start.
A proven performer at the class and distance, Etymology has steadily built to the task this time and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current Australian Derby odds of $17 for success or $4 to finish in the first three. Running sixth in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) in early October, the New Approach colt progressed to third in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) before placing second to Tarzino in the Victoria Derby. Having clearly improved when sixth in the Rosehill Guineas a fortnight ago, Etymology will relish a return to a mile and a half on Saturday.
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