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Australian Derby

Winners and Past Results for the Australian Derby

Australian Derby

Among the most prestigious races held during Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is the ATC Australian Derby.

The Group 1 race, also known as the AJC Derby, is for three year olds and is run over 2400 meters under set weight conditions at Randwick Racecourse.

Australian Derby day, held in mid April, features a packed racing card and includes other high profile events including the TJ Smith Stakes.

The AJC Derby has some of the top horses from around the country contesting for the $2,000,000 prize money.

The 2400 meter race is a blue ribbon event from where horses move on to greater glory on the Australian race tracks, winning premier races across the country. Once through with their racing career, many AJC Derby winners move on to become champion stallions or broodmares.

The Australian Derby has gone through many changes over the years.

The AJC Derby has a rich history dating back to 1861 with Kyogle winning the first event. The Derby was a principal race until 1979. In 1980, the AJC Derby was classified as a Group 1 race which was won by the outstanding thoroughbred champion Kingston Town, the inaugural inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Other notable winners include the mighty The Barb in 1866, Phar Lap in 1929, Peter Pan in 1932, Tulloch in 1957, Dulcify in 1979, Durbridge in 1991, Naturalism in 1992, Mahogany in 1994, Octagonal in 1996, and Sky Heights in 1999.

Shootout, ridden by Stathi Katsidis, recorded the fast timing of 2:27:58, breaking the record previously held by Dulcify.

In 1961, jockey Mel Schumacher faced a six-year suspension after he was caught by the head-on camera for pulling at the leg of jockey Tommy Hill, who rode Summer Fair to victory, a decision upheld by the stewards in spite of Schumacher steering Blue Era past the winning post first.

In form horses from major races such as the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes, and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Randwick Guineas usually find a berth in the AJC Derby. Shamrocker, the 2011 AJC Derby champion was only the ninth filly to win the Derby after a long gap since Research last won it in 1989.

Incidentally, Shamrocker was the only filly in the field. She made her way to the AJC after running third in the Rosehill Guineas.

The AJC Derby also serves as a good form guide for punters while trainers prepare their best performers to increase their season’s prospects especially in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup that follows during the spring carnival in Melbourne. Second placed in the 2010 AJC Derby, Descardo went on to win the Caulfield Cup while Monaco Consul obliged punters with a third place in both events.

2014 Australian Derby

As they left the front straight, Puccini and Surge Ahead showed good speed to take the lead. Criterion, Tupac Amaru and Hooked were all handy as they streamed down the back, with Puccini and Surge Ahead still leading the way. As they came to the turn, Tupac Amaru flew round the outside, joining Puccini before going to the lead. Criterion and Hooked came home strongly further in as Tupac Amaru wobbled a bit, with Criterion taking the lead. Tupac Amaru got back into stride and kicked again, going past Hooked but unable to catch Criterion who held on for a good win.

2014 Australian Derby result

1. Criterion
2. Tupac Amaru
3. Hooked

Then came:

4. Savvy Nature
5. Puccini
6. Gallatin
7. Singing Flame
8. Best Case
9. Cadillac Mountain
10. Surging Wave
11. Crime Fighter
12. Heresdecasino
13. Thunder Fantasy
14. Teronado
15. Mountain View
16. Koroibete
17. Surge Ahead
18. Solo Saga

Year Australian Derby Winners
2014 Criterion
2013 It's A Dundeel
2012 Ethiopia
2011 Shamrocker
2010 Shoot Out
2009 Roman Emperor
2008 Nom De Jeu
2007 Fiumicino
2006 Headturner
2005 Eremein
2004 Starcraft
2003 Clangalang
2002 Don Eduardo
2001 Universal Princ
2000 Fairway
1999 Sky Heights
1998 Gold Guru
1997 Ebony Grosve
1996 Octagonal
1995 Ivory's Irish
1994 Mahogany
1993 Innocent King
1992 Naturalism
1991 Durbridge
1990 Dr. Grace
1989 Research
1988 Beau Zam
1987 Myocard
1986 Bonecrusher
1985 Tristarc
1984 Prolific
1983 Strawberry Road
1982 Rose Of Kingston
1981 Our Paddy Boy
1980 Kingston Town
1979 Dulcify
1978 not held
1977 Belmura Lad
1976 Great Lover
1975 Battle Sign
1974 Taras Bulba
1973 Imagele
1972 Gold Brick
1971 Classic Mission
1970 Silver Sharpe
1969 Divide And Rule
1968 Wilton Park
1967 Swift Peter
1966 El Gordo
1965 Prince Grant
1964 Royal Sovereign
1963 Summer Fiesta
1962 Summer Prince
1961 Summer Fair
1960 Persian Lyric
1959 Martello Towers
1958 Skyline
1957 Tulloch
1956 Monte Carlo
1955 Caranna
1954 Prince Delville
1953 Prince Morvi
1952 Deep River
1951 Channel Rise
1950 Alister
1949 Playboy
1948 Carbon Copy
1947 Valiant Crown
1946 Concerto
1945 Magnificent
1944 Tea Rose
1943 Moorland
1942 Main Topic
1941 Laureate
1940 Pandect
1939 Reading
1938 Nuffield
1937 Avenger
1936 Talking
1935 Homer
Allunga
1934 Theo
1933 Hall Mark
1932 Peter Pan
1931 Ammon Ra
1930 Tregilla
1929 Phar Lap
1928 Prince Humphrey
1927 Trivalve
1926 Rampion
1925 Manfred
1924 Heroic
1923 Ballymena
1922 Rivoli
1921 Cupidon
1920 Salitros
1919 Richmond Main
Artilleryman
1918 Gloaming
1917 Biplane
1916 Kilboy
1915 Cetigne
1914 Mountain Knight
1913 Beragoon
1912 Cider
1911 Cisco
1910 Tanami
1909 Prince Foote
1908 Parsee
1907 Mountain King
1906 Poseidon
1905 Noctuiform
1904 Sylvanite
1903 Belah
1902 Abundance
1901 Hautvilliers
1900 Maltster
1899 Cranberry
1898 Picture
1897 Amberite
1896 Charge
1895 Bob Ray
1894 Bonnie Scotland
1893 Trenchant
1892 Camoola
1891 Stromboli
1890 Gibraltar
1889 Singapore
1888 Melos
1887 Abercorn
1886 Trident
1885 Nordenfeldt
1884 Bargo
1883 Legrand
1882 Navigator
1881 Wheatear
1880 Grand Flaneur
1879 Nellie
1878 His Lordship
1877 Woodlands
1876 Robinson Crusoe
1875 Richmond
1874 Kingsborough
1873 Benvolio
1872 Loup Garou
1871 Javelin
1870 Florence
1869 Charon
1868 The Duke
1867 Fireworks
1866 The Barb
1865 Clove
1864 Yattendon
1863 Ramornie
1862 Regno
1861 Kyogle
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