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New Zealand Derby 2021 Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds

  • The NZ Derby will be run on Sunday
  • Rocket Spade is the favourite
  • Justin Darcy provides his best bets
New Zealand Derby Betting Tips
The New Zealand Derby is set to be run on Sunday (Getty)
Justin Darcy 04 Mar 2021
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The New Zealand Derby is set to be run at Ellerslie over 2400m at Group One level for the three-year-olds on Sunday.

The favourite Rocket Spade was the winner of the Avondale Guineas at his latest start while three-year-old Filly Tokorangi was the winner of the Waikato Guineas, the same formline as second favourite Montre Moi, that horse rocketing home for fourth position.

This is a very even crop of three-year-olds without Aegon who is the dominant Colt in the race.

Get the latest betting tips for the New Zealand Derby.

2021 New Zealand Derby Odds

1Rocket SpadeL. O'Sullivan & A. ScottC. Grylls10$3.70
2Montre MoiJ. Benner & H. WynardL. Allpress7$4.20
3Jason BelltreeB. Wallace & G. CooksleyV. Coglan13$10
4Perfect ScenarioJ. RichardsO. Bosson6$21
5MilfordS. MarshL. Innes1$11
6Lord ArdmoreS. MckeeM. Mcnab9$15
7Edge Of WonderTeam RogersonW. Pinn11$51
8FrontmanM. Baker & A. ForsmanD. Johnson2$20
9Iffie ShowsS. ColeS. Weatherley12$61
10TannahillA. CampbellJ. Riddell14$26
11GripM. MoroneyS. Collett5$41
12Tribute KingS. Ritchie & C. MurrayR. Elliot8$34
13TokorangiM. Moroney & P. GerardA. Calder3$5
14Il AffareP & D. WilliamsJ. Parkes4$18
Odds provided by Ladbrokes. Correct on 5/3/21

2021 New Zealand Derby Tips

New Zealand Derby Best Bet - Montre Moi

Two starts back he placed third in the Karaka Million 3YO behind two of the best horses New Zealand have possibly produced, Aegon and Amarelinha.

That was over the mile, then stepping up to 10 furlongs in the Waikato Guineas where he simply got too far back at an even money quote.

2400m has always looked his trip and this Group One has always looked his race, so if he can win this, Australia look beckoning for this exciting youngster.

New Zealand Derby Next Best Bet - Tokorangi

This Filly has to be given a chance based on the Waikato Guineas win where she sat midfield with a beautiful spot in running.

What she showed is a superior turn of foot with 200m to run, exploding especially in the last 100m with only Montre Moi making up any ground on her.

Being a Filly, she gets the weight allowance in her favour, so the only question left to answer is if she really does run 2400m or is she too dynamic for that type of trip?

New Zealand Derby Value Bet - Milford

The horse that is bred for the trip and very good last start is Milford who was weaving in and out of traffic when fifth in the Avondale Guineas behind Rocket Spade.

He is by Savabeel, so 2400m will not be a worry, with the main concern being the barrier, looking a little uncomfortable surrounded by horses and tentative to take gaps.

If he gan be ridden off the fence and somehow find himself coming down the middle of the track, or the field heads off the fence and he gets a run on the inside, he is the one at odds that can cause an upset.

New Zealand Derby FAQs

When is the New Zealand Derby?

The New Zealand Derby is set to be run on Sunday, March 7 at Ellerslie.

How far is the New Zealand Derby?

The New Zealand Derby is run over 2400m.

Who is the favourite for the New Zealand Derby?

Rocket Spade is the $3.70 favourite for the New Zealand Derby.

How can I live stream the New Zealand Derby?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can live stream the New Zealand Derby.



We are going to be backing Montre Moi to profit, Tokorangi to save and Milford for a small collect.
Best Bet: Montre Moi To Win @320.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
Next Best Bet: Tokorangi To Win @400.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 3 Units
Value Bet: Milford Each-Way @1000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units

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