Kiwi colt Jon Snow winner of 2017 Australian Derby

April 1st, 2017

Kiwi colt Jon Snow became the fourth New Zealand trained three year old in the last five year’s to win the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ today.

Jon Snow, above, wins the 2017 Australian Derby at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Jon Snow, above, wins the 2017 Australian Derby at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Co-trainer Murray Baker was able to win the 2013 Australian Derby with It’s A Dundeel and two years later with Mongolian Khan and now he has teamed up with Andrew Forsman to claim the trophy again with Jon Snow.

Baker also won the 2008 Australian Derby with Nom Du Jeu while fellow Kiwis Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young prepared Tavago to win last year.

“Murray’s record in this race is second to none, he knows how to get them fit and ready and I am glad we pulled it off,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

“He won so well (in the Tulloch Stakes) and just bounced through the run, his work on Thursday morning was brilliant and he pulled up well.”

“Everything has gone so well since we have come over her.”

Jon Snow was backing up week to week after winning the Group 2 $200,000 Power Distribution Australia Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill seven days ago and Melbourne jockey Damian Lane was able to retain the ride to collect his first Australian Derby win.

“Great thrill to win a Derby,” Lane said.

“Very lucky to get on him last week and happy to stay with him today.”

“He switched off outside the leader beautifully.”

Lane had Jon Snow ($7.50) up on the pace outside the leader Harper’s Choice ($26) who fought on hard in the straight to claim second spot just in front of Hardham ($31) who looked a winning chance at the 250m mark.

New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts was sent out as the $2.60 favourite but couldn’t repeat his Rosehill Guineas winning performance and faded in the straight to miss a place.

Opie Bosson settled Gingernuts near the tail of the field and made a move forward at the 600m but after covering plenty of ground on the home turn failed to make any impression on the placegetters in the run to the line to wind up in fifth position.