Randwick Guineas winner Hallowed Crown is still among the forty-four first acceptances for the Group 1 $2m ATC Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 4.
The Australian Derby is one of four Group 1 races on the first day of ‘The Championships’ and is one of the highlights of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Hallowed Crown is one of five Bart and James Cummings trained three year olds still left in the Australian Derby but the message coming out of Leilani Lodge is that the Street Sense colt will be heading towards the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on the same day following his win in the Group 1 $600,000 Girvan Waugh Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.
“He’s going to go to the George Ryder I’d say off the back of that, and why wouldn’t we take on the older horses on route to the Doncaster,” James Cummings said.
Cummings’ other Australian Derby first acceptances are Colour Of Money, High Midnight, Nazir and Ruling Destiny.
Victoria Derby winner Preferment heads the four strong Australian Derby first acceptances for premiership winning trainer Chris Waller.
Preferment has had two runs back from a spell over unsuitable distances and was working to the line well last start when sixth to Hallowed Crown in the Randwick Guineas.
The Zabeel colt will now head to the Group 1 $500,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on March 21 before lining up in the Australian Derby.
Waller’s other top rated colt Kermadec also powered to the line when an unlucky fourth to Wandjina in the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday and is still a chance to being tested over the 2400m of the Derby.
2014 Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus and High Chaparral gelding Quick Strike are also flying the Waller flag.
Gai Waterhouse will only have a light representation with Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court and restricted class three year old Caped Crusader.
Trainer John O’Shea also only has three first acceptors with Gouldian, Hauraki and Sweynesse.
Sweynesse is the pick of the trio and will start as one of the top fancies following his two strong performances so far in the Autumn.
The Lonhro colt has found Hallowed Crown too nippy for him over the shorter distance with two seconds to the Cumming’s three year old in the Group 2 $200,000 Blackwoods CRC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 21 and then in the Randwick Guineas.
The final acceptances for the Australian Derby will be taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
|1||BERSERK||Lee & Anthony Freedman||56.5kg|
|3||BLADEMEISTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|4||BROGUE (NZ)||Steve Englebrecht||56.5kg|
|5||CAPED CRUSADER (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|6||COLOUR OF MONEY||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|7||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||56.5kg|
|8||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||56.5kg|
|9||GENERAL JAMES (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||56.5kg|
|10||GENERAL ZABEEL (NZ)||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|12||HAKUNA MATATA||Pat Carey||56.5kg|
|13||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|14||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|16||HENRY’S ON COURSE||Stephen Hill||56.5kg|
|18||HIGH MIDNIGHT||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|19||HIGH SEAS||Bjorn Baker||56.5kg|
|20||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||56.5kg|
|21||LIE DIRECT||Steve Englebrecht||56.5kg|
|23||MASTER AGAR||Ron Quinton||56.5kg|
|24||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||56.5kg|
|25||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||56.5kg|
|26||NAZIR (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|27||NORMAN RULES||Colin & Cindy Alderson||56.5kg|
|31||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||56.5kg|
|32||QUICK STRIKE||Chris Waller||56.5kg|
|33||RAMSDEN STREET||Colin & Cindy Alderson||56.5kg|
|34||RHODIN DRIVE||Gwenda Markwell||56.5kg|
|35||RULING DYNASTY||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|36||SADDLER’S FLAME||Kevin Moses||56.5kg|
|38||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|39||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||56.5kg|
|40||ZABEELIONS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||56.5kg|
|42||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||54.5kg|
|43||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||54.5kg|
|44||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||54.5kg|