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Australian Derby 2022 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2022
Alex Marsh 31 Mar 2022
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  • The Australian Derby is the second 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 2022 edition will be contested on Saturday, April 2
  • Preview and tips can be found below
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Australian Derby Tips
Will Hitotsu handle the heavy ground at Randwick? (Getty)
 

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.
  • 2022 Australian Derby Field & Odds
  • 2022 Australian Derby Tips
  • Australian Derby 2022 FAQs

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.

While drifting, VRC Derby and Australian Guineas winner Hitotsu still heads the 2022 Australian Derby markets, with $3.70 available at bookmaker.com.au

2022 Australian Derby Field & Odds


No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1HitotsuCiaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen456.5kg$3.70
2AlegronJames CummingsHugh Bowman356.5kg$15
3Forgot You (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungMark Zahra1356.5kg$7
4Castlereagh KidGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller1256.5kg$18
5Regal Lion (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanJames McDonald1056.5kg$6
6White Noise (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Robbie Dolan2156.5kg$26
7War Eternal (NZ)Bjorn BakerDamian Lane956.5kg$21
8CharacterJames Cummings Tommy Berry1156.5kg$9
9Can't Go Wrong (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah656.5kg$21
10Maurice's MedadBjorn Baker Joshua Parr1656.5kg$34
11Raging BullDavid Payne Craig Williams1556.5kg$34
12ElzameeCiaron Maher & David Eustace Chad Schofield156.5kg$26
13ZoumonGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark556.5kg$61
14ClydeGary PortelliShaun Guymer856.5kg$81
15BenaudJohn O'SheaBrenton Avdulla1956.5kg$15
16Footlights (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike256.5kg$61
17Sea Treasures (NZ)Bjorn Baker Rachel King1756.5kg$61
18Akahata (NZ)Bjorn Baker Brock Ryan2056.5kg$91
19eAsternishingMick BellDean Holland1856.5kg$301
20eMediaroMatthew SmithJay Ford1456.5kg$61
21eLukey LukeGwenda MarkwellKeagan Latham756.5kg$91
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 1.40am on 31/03/2022.

2022 Australian Derby Tips

2022 Australian Derby Best Bet - Hitotsu

CLAIM: Get $5 for Hitotsu to win by 1+ lengths

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have an incredible athlete in Hitotsu, who went 1600m to 2500m in the VRC Derby, so this Australian Derby pattern is of no concern.

Whether that proves correct on testing ground is yet to be seen, which is the big query around this colt ahead of Saturday's three-year-old staying feature.

With spring classics on the radar and an Australian Guineas already on the resume, there's no point in risking if there's doubt, so have to back in a very astute yard.

His breeding is inconclusive overall on wet tracks, albeit his only sibling to race was 2/2 on heavy ground and conditions aside, Hitotsu has to be the starting point.

Hitotsu - $3.70Australian Derby Best Betbet now
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2022 Australian Derby Next Best Bet - Character

Following the flashing light second of Regal Lion in Monday's Tulloch Stakes, plenty of money came for the kiwi, but are we ignoring the obvious from that event?

Character admittedly got a beautiful run in transit, although was still the clear best survivor of the on-speed brigade and Tommy Berry looked after the winner late.

While certainly wary of the Baker & Forsman grey, especially given their imposing Australian Derby record, this improving colt will again have a tactical advantage.

Barrier 11 allows Berry to camp behind Castlereagh Kid, who will cross and settle outside Zoumon early, so  he will again be prominent when the whips are cracking.

Character - $9.00Australian Derby Next Best Betbet now
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2022 Australian Derby Value Bet - Raging Bull

David Payne produces many of his middle distance/staying types up in trip off lighter preps, so although straight from a Randwick Guineas on March 5, it's by design.

Whether he has the class to figure heavily is another question, but Raging Bull should stay the 2400m journey, so is at least one for the wider exotics.

We saw the son of Bull Point get to the 2500m of the VRC Derby and quite easily out-stayed Forgot You, who sits comfortably on the third line of betting here.

He appeared well beaten on first glance in the Randwick Guineas when simply lacking any brilliance over a mile, but watch the last 50m when he finds a second wind.

Raging Bull - $34.00Australian Derby Value Betbet now
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Australian Derby 2022 FAQs

When is the Australian Derby in 2022?

The 2022 Australian Derby is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 2.

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 2021 Australian Derby?

Explosive Jack the 2021 Australian Derby.

                                                                  

Verdict

The wet ground has made this much more open, albeit still leaning the way of Hitotsu.

Tulloch winner Character warrants respect and include Raging Bull in longer exotics.

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Next Best Bet: Character To Win @8/1 at Puntnow - 1 Unit
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