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ATC Australian Derby

The ATC Australian Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds that takes place each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The classic race is run over a distance of 2400 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $2,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 ATC Australian Derby was won by Quick Thinker from Zebrowski with Eric The Eel third.

The revamped Sydney autumn racing carnival sees the ATC Australian Derby moved to the first day of The Championships alongside the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap, Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes and ATC Sires Produce Stakes to make for a fantastic day of feature racing.

ATC Australian Derby info

Date: Saturday 3rd April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000
2020 Winner: Quick Thinker

The ATC Australian Derby is the premier distance race of the Sydney autumn for three-year-olds and is run over the classic derby distance of 2400m at set weights, which favours the classier types. The ATC Derby has become a prestigous event for three-year-olds on the Australian racing calendar and has a proud history of providing high quality winners who go on to become stars of the Australian turf.

The ATC Derby is a blue ribbon event and can enhance the winners value immensely, should they go on to become a stallion or a broodmare at the end of their career.

Gallopers of the ilk of Sky Heights (1999), Octagonal (1996), Mahogany (1994), Naturalism (1992), and Durbridge (1991) all won the ATC Derby before going on to win many of Australia's premier races year after year.

Any three-year-olds contesting the Derby will typically come via major 3yo races like the Group 1 Randwick Guineas at Randwick in April, or the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 2 Tulloch Stakes, held during the Rosehill carnival the previous couple of weeks. In recent times Criterion (2014) & It's A Dundeel (2013) have taken out the Rosehill Guineas & ATC Australian Derby double. Angel Of Truth (2019), Levendi (2018) and Jon Snow (2017) have all claimed the Tulloch Stakes and Australian Derby double in recent times.

The ATC Derby has proven a handy guide to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield during the Melbourne spring, with Descarado (2nd in 2010) going on to win the race the following spring and Monaco Consul (3rd in 2010) running third in both races. Nom Du Jeu (2008) and Roman Emperor (2009) both finished runner-up in the Caulfield Cup after winning the ATC Derby beforehand.

Angel Of Truth (2019) captured the Group 1 Tulloch Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill before leading all the way to win this event in impressive fashion for Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Maxwell.

Recent ATC Australian Derby winners include Levendi (2018) and Jon Snow (2017).

2020 ATC Australian Derby result

1. $8.00 Quick Thinker 56.5 Opie Bosson
2. $13.00 Zebrowski 56.5 Hugh Bowman
3. $19.00 Eric The Eel 56.5 Nash Rawiller

then followed
4. $5.50 Shadow Hero 56.5 Joshua Parr
5. $41.00 Sacramento 56.5 Adam Hyeronimus
6. $5.00 Warning 56.5 Tommy Berry
7. $101.00 Chains Of Honour 56.5 Robbie Dolan
8. $19.00 Sherwood Forest 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $2.60 Castelvecchio 56.5 James McDonald
10. $41.00 Skiddaw 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
11. $61.00 Diasonic 56.5 Tim Clark

Margins: 0.2 len, 1.3 len
Time: 2:34.24

Other group races on ATC Australian Derby Day include the Group 2 Chairmans Handicap, Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes, Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes, Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes and Group 3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes.

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ATC Australian Derby winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Quick Thinker Zebrowski Eric The Eel 2:34.2
2019 Angel Of Truth Madison County Surely Sacred 2:35.6
2018 Levendi Ace High Tangled 2:28.7
2017 Jon Snow Harper's Choice Hardham 2:38.1
2016 Tavago Jameka Tally 2:33.6
2015 Mongolian Khan Hauraki Volkstok'n'barrell 2:37.1
2014 Criterion Tupac Amaru Hooked 2:38.4
2013 It's A Dundeel Philippi Kingdoms 2:33.4
2012 Ethiopia Polish Knight Laser Hawk 2:28.7
2011 Shamrocker Retrieve Anacheeva 2:29.4
2010 Shoot Out Descarado Monaco Consul 2:32.6
2009 Roman Emperor Harris Tweed Predatory Pricer 2:31.0
2008 Nom De Jeu Red Ruler Littorio 2:36.2
2007 Flumicino Ambitious General Tuesday Joy 2:36.4
2006 Headturner De Beers Testafiable 2:29.9
2005 Eremein Stella Grande Railings 2:35.8
2004 Starcraft Braeloch Delzao 2:34.8
2003 Clangalang Strasbourg Mummify 2:32.3
2002 Don Eduardo Carnegie Express Pentastic 2:32.7
2001 Universal Prince Sir Clive Danamite 2:30.8
2000 Fairway Shogun Lodge Now Voyager 2:34.0
1999 Sky Heights Arena Grand Archway 2:32.6
1998 Gold Guru Tie The Knot Northern Drake 2:38.4
1997 Ebony Grosve Danendri Intergaze 2:28.8
1996 Octagonal Saintly Filante 2:28.4
1995 Ivoy's Irish Danewin Blevic 2:33.8
1994 Mahogany Waikikamukau Fraternity 2:36.5
1993 Innocent King Kaaptive Edition Air Seattle 2:33.6
1992 Naturalism Veandercross Cavallieri 2:31.2
1991 Durbridge Cool Reception Mountain Rule 2:31.9
1990 Dr Grace Stylish Century Solar Circle 2:31.7
1989 Research Royal Pardon Power Of Destiny 2:34.0
1988 Beau Zam Brixton Town Hunter 2:34.6