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2017 Australian Derby First Acceptances Released

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Fifty-two three-year-olds remain in the hunt for one of the Autumn Carnival’s most sought-after prizes following the release of 2017 Australian Derby first acceptances.

Prized Icon has been confirmed in 2017 Australian Derby first acceptances. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Prized Icon has been confirmed in 2017 Australian Derby first acceptances. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Prized Icon, Sacred Elixir and Inference led home a smart field in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in spring and all three horses have been included in 2017 Australian Derby first acceptances.

Prized Icon has been the stable star for James Cummings through recent seasons and has returned to typically excellent form this time in.

Breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at the conclusion of last spring, the More Than Ready colt took a few runs to find form in spring, but hit the line well for third behind Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Luckless in transit when fifth in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), Prized Icon was considered an outsider in the Victoria Derby, but never appeared in doubt; finding the line close to three lengths ahead of Sacred Elixir.

Prized Icon ran on to finish sixth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first-up and was last seen finishing second behind Hey Doc in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Sacred Elixir has returned to the races fairly this year, but is sure to relish a return to Australia and the conditions of the Australian Derby.

Easily winning the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm in June, Sacred Elixir stamped himself as one to watch in spring when he stormed home to win the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) first-up on September 24th.

Finishing midfield in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the Pour Moi gelding returned to winning form in the Moonee Valley Vase, in what was his only other start prior to the Victoria Derby.

Resuming in his native New Zealand for fourth in the Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m), Sacred Elixir failed to fire when seventh in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m), but performed well for fifth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie over the weekend.

Inference has already found winning form at the highest level this season and will only relish a step up to a mile and a half for the 2017 Australian Derby.

Placing third in each of the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) and Victoria Derby most notably in spring, the So You Think colt resumed for a credible fifth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 18th, before savaging the line to win the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) over the weekend.

A number of standout New Zealand runners have also been confirmed in Australian Derby first acceptances, including Jon Snow.

Jon Snow has been one of New Zealand’s most consistent three-year-olds this season and has finished third in each of the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m), Karaka 3YO Mile and the New Zealand Derby most notably.

Inference currently occupies the top line of 2017 Australian Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, at a $5.50 quote.

2017 Australian Derby First Acceptances

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 06×310 A TOUCH OF LUCK G 3 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 56
2 13x1135x78 ACATOUR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 76
3 43451×4 ADATTO (NZ) G 3 Michael Freedman 66
4 323211×35 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 75
5 80×5322 BAYKOOL G 3 Pat Carey
6 63×551 BIG JOHN CANNON C 3 Jim Conlan
7 x837x52223 CAPTAIN RHETT G 3 Pat Carey
8 2131×7 CEYLON (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
9 2212x CHARLES ROAD G 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
10 121×533 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 90
11 2217645 ELECTRIC CHARLIE G 3 John & Chris Ledger
12 3x23516x EXCALIBUR (NZ) C 3 Shaune Ritchie
13 4×14111 FARSON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 85
14 59×3 FENCOURT (NZ) C 3 James Cummings
15 221×1 FOX HALL C 3 Tony McEvoy
16 1x3670x67 HARDHAM C 3 David Brideoake 66
17 x611562x34 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
18 226×312126 HARPER’S CHOICE C 3 Gerald Ryan 70
19 53153×71 HESSDALEN (NZ) C 3 Michael Freedman 68
20 x5353226x5 HOLLYWOOD MO C 3 Paul Perry 67
21 1734 IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 63
22 1x11433x51 INFERENCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
23 3 INTROIT G 3 Michael Freedman
24 61x289333x JON SNOW (NZ) C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
25 14x3111x1 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) F 3 Mandy & Matt Brown 92
26 51429×338 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 72
27 6538241×02 LASQUETI SPIRIT F 3 Lee Curtis 104
28 123×115 MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 86
29 062 MANDLAKAZI G 3 Pat Carey
30 5431 MY KIND G 3 John P Thompson 66
31 9623 NOBLE TRUTH C 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 55
32 2100x POSITIVE CARRY (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
33 9x221x4 POTENT FORCE G 3 James Cummings 66
34 x463351x62 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 107
35 312×7 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) G 3 Mark Newnham 68
36 84212221 RISING RED (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
37 10×3 ROCK AND SWING C 3 James Cummings 67
38 112×52 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 74
39 x161x1812x SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike
40 x454282x06 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
41 095416×506 SHINE TAK STAR G 3 John Sargent 59
42 3621 SHOCK ALERT (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 64
43 91×311 SIZZLING BULLET C 3 Chris Waller 75
44 6×114173 SNITZSON C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 74
45 x165344x40 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 78
46 21 TAMARACK (NZ) G 3 Joseph Pride 64
47 804×7570 TARAKONA G 3 Kerry Parker
48 3×1454 TEMPERS FLARE G 3 Gabrielle Englebrecht 57
49 5465640×94 TUMULTUOUS G 3 Chris Waller 65
50 6×7 TURKONIC (NZ) G 3 Robert & Luke Price 46
51 4x11144x48 VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller 84
52 x375150x35 WINE BUSH G 3 Chris Waller 70

About The Author

Jared Timms

Jared graduated with a journalism degree in 2011. He is a keen sports fan and has enjoyed many accolades for his lively writing style and comprehensive coverage of major sporting events and horse racing. Today, you can find Jared cheering on his beloved Manchester City with a beer in hand.

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