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New Zealand Derby

New Zealand | FEATURE RACE GUIDE

History

CROWN PROSECUTOR winning the NZ Derby.
CROWN PROSECUTOR winning the NZ Derby. Picture: Trish Dunell

The New Zealand Derby is a Group 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year olds at Ellerslie race course conducted by the Auckland Racing Club.
The New Zealand Derby is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1860 and was won by Ada.
The New Zealand Derby became one race in 1973 following the amalgamation of the original New Zealand Derby and the Great Northern Derby. When Riccarton lost the NZ Derby, they received the two Guineas races.
After being run on Boxing Day for many years, it was moved to March as part of the Auckland Cup carnival in 2006.
Some of the more famous older winners are Nightmarch who won a Cox Plate and a Melbourne Cup, the champion Gloaming who won multiple Derbies and numerous races on both sides of the Tasman and Dalray who won the 1952 Melbourne Cup. Balmerino won before great Australian and Northern Hemisphere deeds.
Then there was the Cox Plate era with Bonecrusher, Surfers Paradise, The Phantom Chance and placings with Silent Achiever and Jimmy Choux.
Mongolian Khan was another to be a dual Derby winner and then came back to also win a Caulfield Cup showing a love of the mile and a half.
Only four fillies have won in the last 35 years (Tidal Light, Popsy, Silent Achiever and Habibi).
In recent times, two Australian 3yos went to Ellerslie and won the Derby – Redoute's Dancer in 2007 and Coniston Bluebird in 2009.
Crown Prosecutor won the 2019 NZ Derby at around 100-1.
Of late Roger James has most successes as trainer with four while Vinnie Colgan has ridden the most Derby winners with six.
The New Zealand Derby was worth NZ$1,000,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the New Zealand Derby include Gingernuts (2017), Mongolian Khan (2015), Silent Achiever (2012), Jimmy Choux (2011), C'Est La Guerre (2008), Xcellent (2004), Hail (2000), Zonda (1997), Roysyn (1995), Popsy (1993), The Phantom Chance (1992), Surfers Paradise (1990), Castletown (1989), Tidal Light (1986), Bonecrusher (1985), Balmerino (1975), Furys Order (1973), Roman Consul (1965), Up And Coming (1958), Nightmarch (1928), Gloaming (1918) and Desert Gold (1915).
The 2019 New Zealand Derby was won by Crown Prosecutor from In A Twinkling and Platinum Invador.


Racing and Sports

Previous New Zealand Derby Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
CROWN PROSECUTOR (AUS) 3C
MEDAGLIA D'ORO (USA) - RIPTIDE (AUS) EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS)
C J GRYLLS56.5STEPHEN MARSH6
VIN DE DANCE (NZ) 3G
ROC DE CAMBES (NZ) - EXPLOSIVE DANCER (NZ) SAN LUIS (AUS)
J L WADDELL56.5MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN13
GINGERNUTS (NZ) 3G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - DOUBLE ELLE (NZ) GENEROUS (IRE)
O P BOSSON56.5STEPHEN AUTRIDGE13
RANGIPO (AUS) 3G
STRYKER (AUS) - HOLLOWAY CASTLE (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
V A COLGAN56.5TONY PIKE13
MONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS) 3C
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - CENTAFIT (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
O P BOSSON56.5MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN12
PUCCINI (NZ) 3C
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
M J WALKER56.5PETER MCKAY3
HABIBI (NZ) 3F
EKRAAR (USA) - DANNY HOLIDAY (NZ) DANASINGA (AUS)
V A COLGAN54.5DONNA & DEAN LOGAN1
SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) 3F
O'REILLY (NZ) - WINNING SPREE (NZ) ZAFONIC (USA)
J B MCDONALD54.5R JAMES7
JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) 3C
THORN PARK (AUS) - CIERZO (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
J K RIDDELL56.0JOHN BARY6
MILITARY MOVE (NZ) 3G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - ALL NIGHT PARTY (NZ) JUST A DANCER (NZ)
M J WALKER56.0SHAUNE RITCHIE4
CONISTON BLUEBIRD (AUS) 3G
SCENIC (IRE) - TURBO LADY (AUS) BELLOTTO (USA)
S SEAMER56.0BEDE MURRAY16
C'EST LA GUERRE (NZ) 3G
SHINKO KING (IRE) - LA MAGNIFIQUE (NZ) KAMPALA (GB)
DAVID WALKER56.0KEVIN MYERS18
REDOUTE'S DANCER (AUS) 3C
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - CONDESCENDANCE (USA) EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
V A COLGAN56.0T R MARTIN11
WAHID (NZ) 3G
ALMUTAWAKEL (GB) - RORY'S HELEN (NZ) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
L G INNES56.0A SHARROCK13
XCELLENT (NZ) 3G
PENTIRE (GB) - EXCELO (NZ) CENTRO (NZ)
M T COLEMAN55.5M MORONEY & A SCOTT9
CUT THE CAKE (NZ) 3G
YAMANIN VITAL (NZ) - ICING ON THE CAKE (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
M T COLEMAN55.5M MORONEY & A SCOTT2
ST REIMS (NZ) 3C
ZABEEL (NZ) - L'QUIZ (USA) L'ENJOLEUR (CAN)
G CHILDS55.5C MCNAB8
LEICA GUV (NZ) 3G
DEPUTY GOVERNOR (USA) - LEICA OR NOT (AUS) KENDOR (FR)
S SEAMER55.5JEFF MCVEAN16
HAIL (NZ) 3G
STARK SOUTH (USA) - VALLEY COURT (NZ) POMPEII COURT (USA)
N G HARRIS55.5MICHAEL MORONEY & ANDREW CLARKEN9

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