Tarzino justified his position as a short-priced favourite with a dominant victory in the 2015 Victoria Derby at Flemington this afternoon.
Tarzino looked as though he was overracing in the early stages of the Victoria Derby, but he responded well when he was asked for an extra effort by jockey Craig Newitt.
The Tavistock colt hit the front at the 300 metre mark and he ran away from his rivals to record an impressive win from Etymology and Kia Ora Koutou.
The 2015 Victoria Derby Results will be known in four hours, but there is still plenty of time to find the winner of the Group 1 event that will be held at Flemington this afternoon.
Tarzino has been a dominant Victoria Derby favourite throughout the week and opened as short as $2.40, but he has been on the drift in the last 24 hours and he is now out to $3.50.
The Tavistock colt stamped himself as a Victoria Derby contender with his fast-finishing victory in The Cove Hotel Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on September 19 and he did not have a great deal of luck in running in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10 before he savaged the line when third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend.
Kia Ora Koutou has been respected by punters throughout the week in the lead-up to the Victoria Derby and he remains on the second line of betting at a quote of $7.
The Western Australian galloper recorded three straight wins against horses his own age at Pinjarra on August 27, Belmont on September 5 and September 19 before he outstayed the older horses to take out the Crown Perth Handicap (2200m) at Belmont Park on October 3.
While Tarzino remains on top of 2015 Victoria Derby Day betting markets, the best-backed runner has been Lizard Island, who is now into $8 to record a maiden win at Group 1 level.
Lizard Island started his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a shock loss at Sale on August 13 and he was beaten again at Sandown on August 26 before he showed his potential with a second place finish behind Bon Aurum in the Listed Pin And Win Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12.
The Sebring entire finally recorded his first race win at Pakenham on September 23 and he went on to finish second in both the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10 and the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m) at the same venue on October 17.
Another horse that has been well supported in the 2015 Victoria Derby Day betting market with Ladbrokes is Shards, who has been backed from $19 into $12 since the start of the week.
Shards started his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on August 22 before he failed to fire in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 26.
He was never able to get into the race in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), but he stamped himself as a genuine Victoria Derby Day contender with a second place finish behind Jameka in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on October 24.
There has been money in the 2015 Victoria Derby betting market for Etymology ($17 into $13), while Ayers Rock ($26 out to $51), Jadeer ($26 out to $31), Scadden’s Run ($41 out to $101), Pay Up Bro ($11 out to $17), Colonel Custer ($26 out to $31), Red Alto ($101 out to $126) and Iron Boss ($34 out to $61) have all been on the drift.
The 2015 Victoria Derby will be run at Caulfield at 5.40 (AEDT) this afternoon and you will be able to find all the Cox Plate results at horseracing.com.au.