News About: 2013 Queensland Derby

Moroney’s Vital Queensland Derby Long Shot

Moroney’s Vital Queensland Derby Long Shot

7 Jun, 2013

At $34 in the Queensland Derby market, Ali Vital is undoubtedly a long shot at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

But trainer Michael Moroney isn’t ready to rule out the raw stayer despite also saddling up one of the top betting fancies.

Grand Prix Stakes runner-up Rhythm To Spare ($6) stands as Moroney’s best Derby hope …

Diademe in Tattersall’s Tiara Lead-Up

Diademe in Tattersall’s Tiara Lead-Up

5 Jun, 2013

After being balloted out of the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) this weekend, Murray Baker’s smart mare Diademe will instead run in one of the Eagle Farm support races on Saturday leading up to her grand final in the Tattersall’s Tiara.

Murray Baker (pictured here with jockey James McDonald) has Group 1 …

Moroney Rests Hopes On Queensland Derby Duo

Moroney Rests Hopes On Queensland Derby Duo

4 Jun, 2013

Trainer Michael Moroney will be looking to execute sweet revenge when he lines up two of his young stable stars in the Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm this Saturday.

Michael Moroney has two horses lining up in the Group 1 Queensland Derby. Photo by Taron Clarke

Moroney will accept with both Rhythm To …

Ali Vital Presses Queensland Derby Claims

Ali Vital Presses Queensland Derby Claims

29 May, 2013

Victorian stayer Ali Vital is on track for a Group 1 assignment in the Queensland Derby (2400m) on Saturday week after a commanding victory at Doomben today.

The three-year-old comfortably disposed of his rivals by three lengths in the Ascend Sales Handicap (2200m) which was his second straight win.

More important than the victory was …

Doomben Derby Trial for Ali Vital

Doomben Derby Trial for Ali Vital

29 May, 2013

Melbourne gelding Ali Vital can book a spot in Michael Moroney’s Queensland Derby team with a strong performance at Doomben today.

The lightly-raced galloper will contest the Ascend Sales three-years-old handicap (2200m) and is likely to need victory to secure a spot in Saturday week’s three-year-old feature.

With just $17,575 in prizemoney from five career …

Electric Fusion Confirmed For 2013 Queensland Derby

Electric Fusion Confirmed For 2013 Queensland Derby

28 May, 2013

Electric Fusion has earned himself a start in the Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm in two weeks’ time.

Electric Fusion (outside) has been confirmed for the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 8. Picture by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The three-year-old proved to trainer Robert Smerdon and jockey Dwayne Dunn that he …

Hawkspur Cements Derby Claims in Grand Prix

Hawkspur Cements Derby Claims in Grand Prix

25 May, 2013

Staying three-year-old Hawkspur appears set to start as favourite in the Queensland Derby (2400m) after claiming another big lead-up win in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben today.

Hawkspur was an impressive Grand Prix Stakes winner. Photo by: Daniel Costello.

After dominating his rivals on a heavy Eagle Farm in the Rough …

Queensland Then Hong Kong for Ambitious Champion

Queensland Then Hong Kong for Ambitious Champion

24 May, 2013

Win, lose or draw, promising New Zealand stayer Ambitious Champion is off to Hong Kong following the winter.

But whether he goes there with some Queensland feature wins under his belt could be determined this weekend.

The Murray Baker-trained gelding will make his Australian debut in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben …

Weekend Lead-ups Could be Key to Queensland Derby

Weekend Lead-ups Could be Key to Queensland Derby

23 May, 2013

The Queensland Derby picture is likely to be a lot clearer after Saturday, with some key lead-up races taking place this weekend.

Hawkspur is one of many horses having a Queensland Derby lead-up on Saturday. Photo by: Daniel Costello.

At Doomben, many will press their claims in traditional lead-up the Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) while …

Baker’s Ambitious Queensland Derby Prospect

Baker’s Ambitious Queensland Derby Prospect

21 May, 2013

Top Kiwi trainer Murray Baker is set to unveil the second weapon in his Queensland Derby double attack in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Murray Baker (right) has two horses entered for the Grand Prix Stakes. Photo by: Steve Hart.

Baker has entered Ambitious Champion to make his Australian …