Australian Derby 2023 Race Details

Race 9 at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 1st of April 2023.

The Australian Derby is a Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse and is run over 2400 metres. It is run under set weights conditions and is for horses aged three-years-old. The total prize money is $2,000,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Australian Derby page.

Australian Derby 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Quality field for the stayers. Sharp ‘N’ Smart looks nicely placed in this and will take a stack of beating despite the wide draw. Pericles seemed to have its chance last start and could only settle for 2nd but J-Mac sticking is a solid push. Mark Twain is a promising import while Manzoice should be ready to peak and Japanese Emperor has claims as well.

Australian Derby 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Sharp ‘N’ Smart (17)

Will have to be very good to overcome the barrier but is in the right race and should prove hard to hold out with a very in form Hugh Bowman in the saddle. With even luck from the draw it should be too good for this lot.

2. Manzoice (14)

Should relish getting out to this trip and ready to peak. Hard to beat over the 2400 and right in the mix for the Chris Waller camp.

3. Elliptical (3)

Has been hit and miss this prep, sometimes with excuses. Does have form around the favourite and maps for a kind run in transit. Goes in the mix against these.

4. Pericles (6)

Had its chance last start and lost in a photo finish. J-Mac sticking is a positive sign and this race is within reach.

5. Williamsburg (12)

Been around the mark but needs luck from the draw. Place chance.

6. Andalus (8)

Not the worst and has form around the favourite. Respect any market moves.

7. Full Of Sincerity (16)

Building up to a win and gets the right race here. Tricky draw but Lane helps.

8. Japanese Emperor (1)

Like the form around it. Should bounce forward from the draw and can get a nice run in transit with most chances in this drawn wide. Well in the mix here.

9. Mark Twain (5)

Import from NZ shown good promise. Gets the good draw, keep an eye on the market.

10. Suizoro (4)

Can’t have.

11. Tapildoodledo (11)

Prefer others.

12. Virtous Circle (18)

Luckless last run but 18 is no favours here. Can win but luck in running will be crucial.

13. Major Beel (15)

Major Beel can run an okay race here with luck from the draw.

14. High Approach (10)

Can’t have.

15. Stroke Of Luck (9)

Very unlucky last start and should have won. Harder here but must be respected off that. In the mix, just needs luck from the draw.

16. Cheval Savant (2)

Can’t have.

17. Domingo (13)

Prefer others.

18. Twigman (7)

Looks too tough.

Australian Derby 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
1 Sharp ‘N’ Smart 4 Pericles
4 Pericles 1 Sharp ‘N’ Smart
2 Manzoice 3 Elliptical
8 Japanese Emperor 2 Manzoice

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Doncaster Mile 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 1 T J Smith Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 1 Inglis Sires’ 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap 2023 (Randwick 2600m)

Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1100m)

Group 3 P J Bell Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 3 Roma Cup 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Group 3 WATC Gimcrack Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Listed Perth Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Listed Bendigo Guineas 2023 (Bendigo 1400m)

Listed Golden Mile 2023 (Bendigo 1600m)

Listed Clare Lindop Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)

Listed Manihi Classic 2023 (Morphettville 1100m)

Listed Pinjarra Cup 2023 (Pinjarra 2300m)

Australian Derby 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 13 Major Beel
2nd 12 Virtuous Circle 0.81 length
3rd 10 Suizuro 1.66 lengths
4th 1 Sharp ‘N’ Smart 2.54 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 9.

There were no scratchings