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FEATURE PREVIEWS: AUSTRALIAN DERBY

AUSTRALIAN DERBY

Track: Randwick | Distance: 2400m | Condition: SW | Rail Position: True | Condition: Soft 5 | Prizemoney: $2,000,000

Is drying, but a strong Southerly and rain forecast for Saturday.

Won in recent years by Hitotsu, Quick Thinker, Jon Snow, Tavago, Mongolian Khan, Criterion, It’s A Dundeel and Ethopia.

HISTORICAL PROFILING

• 2nd up (1), 4th up (3), 5th up (5), 7th up (1), 8th up (1)
• 7-day break (4) 14-day break (4), 28-day break (3)
• Settled 1st-3rd (4), Settled 5th-9th (5), Settled 15th (1)
• Colts (8/66), Geldings (3/87)
• Barrier 1-9 (10), Barrier 10-18 (1)
• Betfair Exchange SP Rank 1-4 (7), 5-8 (4)
• Jockey same as last start Yes (8/76), No (3/80)

SPEED MAP 

Suzuro, Pericles & Major Beel set a strong tempo in front.

Elliptical, Williamsburg, Sharp N Smart and Domingo just off the speed.

Cheval Savant, High Approach, Tapildoodledo, Stroke Of Luck, Full Of Sincerity & Virtuous Circle worse than midfield.

Manzoice, Andalus, Mark Twain & Twigman out the back.

AUSTRALIAN DERBY | KEY RUNNERS

1. Sharp N Smart – Won the G1 Spring Champion for us last prep in a huge win and won the G1 NZ Derby last start. Is a winner and is the one to beat here.

4. Pericles – 2nd beaten a nose in the Rosehill Guineas. A strong 2400m is a genuine query.

5. Williamsburg – Solid 3rd last start in the Rosehill Guineas. Another where 2400m is a query.

6. Andalus – Finished strongly for 2nd beaten a long neck in the G1 NZ Derby. Zac Purton aboard.

7. Full Of Sincerity – Trainer learned from Murray Baker who won 4 ATC Derbies. Was a good 3rd in the NZ Derby then 4th in the Tulloch.

8. Japanese Emperor – 3rd in the G1 Australian Guineas then 3rd in the G2 Alistair Clark. Has talent

9. Mark Twain – Settled well back but finished home strongly for 4th in the G1 NZ Derby.

12. Virtuous Circle – Showed talent last prep finishing 2nd in the G2 MV Vase. No luck past two starts at G1 level. Going better than form reads and will appreciate the cut out of the ground. Bolter

13. Major Beel –Sat on speed in a fast run Tulloch Stakes last week. That will season him well for this.

15. Stroke Of Luck – Had no luck last start in the Tulloch. Has claims here.

SUMMARY

The first 4 home in the G1 NZ Derby rate best here.

Of the Aussie runners, Major Beel & Virtuous Circle provide the best value and are most suited up to this trip with the sting out of the ground.

DEAN EVANS’ TOP 5 SELECTIONS

1 – Sharp N Smart
6 – Andalus
7 – Full Of Sincerity
9 – Mark Twain
13 – Major Beel
12. Virtuous Circle

AUSTRALIAN DERBY

BACK: #1 Sharp N Smart for 1 unit (WIN)

BACK: #6 Andalus for 0.5 units (WIN)

BACK: #7 Full Of Sincerity for 0.5 units (WIN)

BACK: #9 Mark Twain for 0.5 units (WIN)

BACK: #13 Major Beel for 0.3 units (WIN)

BACK: #12 Virtuous Circle for 0.2 units (WIN)

RESULTS

Units Outlayed: 391.9

Units Returned: 410.1

Profit On Turnover: 4.7%

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