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Australian Derby 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Australian Derby is one of four Group One races run on the opening day of 'The Championships'
  • Worth $2 million, this major is run over 2400m at Randwick
  • The 2021 edition will be run on Saturday, April 10
  • Preview and tips can be found below
Australian Derby Tips
Montefilia heads the market for the 2021 Australian Derby. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 07 Apr 2021
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Regarded as the highest ranked three-year-old event for both Australia and New Zealand is the Australian Derby which is run over 2400 metres at Royal Randwick.

Dating back to 1861, this staying feature is one of our oldest and most famous races with Phar Lap, Tulloch, Dulcify, Kingston Town and Bonecrusher some of the notable winners throughout history.

Montefilia is the only filly in the 2021 Australian Derby field and at $3.50 with bookmaker.com.au, holds favouritsim for Saturday's 12 furlong feature.

Australian Derby 2021 Field & Odds

1Lion's Roar (NZ)John O'SheaBrenton Avdulla1356.5kg$8.50
2Rocket SpadeLance O'Sullivan & Andrew ScottKerrin McEvoy256.5kg$8.50
3Sky LabPaul PerryJames McDonald656.5kg$5
4Milford (NZ)Stephen MarshDamien Oliver756.5kg$61
5The Frontman (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew ?ForsmanHugh Bowman856.5kg$31
6YaletownGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark1056.5kg$17
7Young Werther (NZ)Danny O'BrienTom Marquand1456.5kg$13
8KhoekhoeMatt CumaniCraig Williams356.5kg$9.50
9Prompt Prodigy (NZ)Edward CummingsRachel King956.5kg$41
10Explosive Jack (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen1556.5kg$19
11ToscaniniCiaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah556.5kg$41
12Favreau (NZ)John SargentTommy Berry1656.5kg$15
13RondinoGregory HickmanKeagan Latham1156.5kg$126
14ZakspeedWendy RocheAndrew Adkins1256.5kg$126
15Olympic GazePaul PerryDamian Lane156.5kg$126
16MontefiliaDavid PayneJason Collett454.5kg$3.50
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 7pm on 07/04/2021.

2021 Australian Derby Tips

2021 Australian Derby Best Bet - Sky Lab

He found himself back against his age group for the first time this preparation in the Rosehill Guineas, a Group One he all but won, providing a perfect tow in for the eventual winner Mo'unga but the effort was a definite pass mark with the Australian Derby in mind.

Sustaining a long run but still bolting into to score first-up at the Provincials on a Heavy 9, his second-up victory that followed on February 6 was in the worst part of the track albeit was a little fortunate to get that eventual inside run and it is worth noting he was a month between runs in that latest attempt, so there should be some improvement there.

Proven in all conditions and with now two ten-furlong efforts under the belt, James McDonald has more options this time around from barrier six where he can sit midfield if not a little closer on Sky Lab who goes on top in a competitive Derby field.

2021 Australian Derby Next Best Bet - Montefilia

While this filly was the proven class runner going into the Surround Stakes as a dual Group One winner last spring, the market support off a pair of trials which indicated that she would need further than the 1400m, was surprising.

Although the last 600m times did't quite back it up, that return performance was visually much better to that of Hungry Heart's, a frustrating galloper who managed to peak off that outing when winning the Phar Lap Stakes before going back-to-back in last Saturday's Vinery Stud Stakes, defying an on-pace bias at Rosehill in the process.

The 1400m to 2000m second-up wasn't conventional in the Rosehill Guineas, but Montefilia was hard to miss when getting off heels at the 200m and finishing off strongly for third, recording the fastest last 600m for that event in the process.

2021 Australian Derby Value Bet - Young Werther

Is yet to deliver on the early hype which saw him start favourite in the VRC Derby at just start three but it has been a slower build-up into the autumn, with an improved showing second-up indicating he was crying out for ten furlongs which he got in the Alister Clark, but it wasn't run to suit. 

The last four Australian Derby winners have won the Tulloch Stakes en-route to this three-year-old staying feature seven days later and from that race last Saturday, Young Werther produced arguably the run of that 2000m lead-up, but just couldn't make the required in-roads on that leaders track.

That was his first-time racing in the clockwise direction, so the Danny O'Brien-trained colt can bounce off that performance and suited now by the rise to 2400m, they have elected to put the blinkers on the son of Tavistock for his Grand Final.

Australian Derby 2021 FAQs

When is the Australian Derby in 2021?

The 2021 Australian Derby is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 10 at 3.15pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 7 on the Randwick meeting.

What distance is the Australian Derby?

The Australian Derby is run over a distance of 2400 metres.

How can I live stream the Australian Derby?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Australian Derby and all other Australian horse races.

Where is the Australian Derby held?

The Australian Derby is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

What is the Australian Derby worth?

The Australian Derby is worth a total of $2,000,000.

$1,160,000 of that goes to the winner.

Who won the 2020 Australian Derby?

Quick Thinker won the 2020 Australian Derby.



Sky Lab was terrific in the Rosehill Guineas and with a soft run in transit, he's a leading chance in the 2021 Australian Derby.

Saving on Dual Group One winner Montefilia who is the proven galloper in the field and Young Werther at a double figure quote.

Best Bet: Sky Lab To Win @400.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Next Best Bet: Montefilia To Win @250.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units
Value Bet: Young Werther To Win @1200.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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