The ATC Australian Derby (ATC Derby) continues the great Autumn Racing in April at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse. The Australian Derby is run for three-year-old thoroughbreds at set weights and is contested over 2,400 metres.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YOs
- Distance: 2,400 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 3 April 2021
The Derby has changed its name many times over the years including AJC Randwick Derby Stakes, 1861 to 1864; AJC Australia Derby Stakes, 1865 to 1872; AJC Derby, 1873 to 1993; AJC Australian Derby from 1994 to 2011 and currently the Bentley Australian Derby.
Australian Derby Final Field & Odds 2020
See below for early markets for this years Australian Derby.
Australian Derby Preview & Tips 2020
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There are 12 runners for the $1,000,000 Bentley Australian Derby. Normally this race carries prizemoney of $2,000,000 but it has been halved for 2020 as racing deals with the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Six of them had their last start in the Rosehill Guineas on 21 March and three had their last start in the Tulloch Stakes on 28 March. The clear favourite is Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio who won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at this track as a two-year-old. Second favourite is Shadow Hero who was 4th in the Rosehill Guineas after a good win in the Randwick Guineas. Third favourite is Warning who will have no problem with the distance as he won the 2019 Victoria Derby by over 3 lengths. He finished 5th in both the Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas.
Quick Thinker won the Tulloch Stakes last week on a slow track. Sherwood Forest was 7th in the Rosehill Guineas but was a good winner of the Group 1 NZ Derby at the start before. Zebrowski won races at Newcastle and Kensington before finishing 2nd in the Tulloch Stakes. Eric The Eel won a 2200m open race at Doomben last start and has two wins and a place from his last three starts. All other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Shadow Hero
|5 Eric The Eel
Past winners of the Australian Derby:
Some of the greats of the Australian turf who have won the Derby Day trophy include Phar Lap, 1929; Tulloch, 1957; and Kingston Town, 1980. Jockey Tom Hales has the most victories. He rode six winners between 1875 and 1887. The fastest Derby over 2400 metres was run by Octagonal in 2.28.4 in 1996. The slowest was by Bonecrusher in 1986 in 2.35.6.
Other recent winners include: Eremein, 2005; Starcraft, 2004; Clangalang, 2003; Don Eduardo, 2002; Universal Prince, 2001; Fairway, 2000; Sky Heights, 1999; Gold Guru, 1998 and Ebony Grosve, 1997.
||Eric The Eel
||Angel Of Truth
||Surely Sacred (NZ)
||Jon Snow (NZ)
||It’s A Dundeel (NZ)
||Nom De Jeu