- Date: Saturday April 14, 2012
- Racecourse: Randwick
- Race Distance: 2,400m
- Conditions: 3YO Set Weight
- Prize Money: $1.5 million
The 2012 AJC Australian Derby is a Group 1 race that is held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney during April each year. Run over a distance of 2,400 metres, the AJC Australian Derby is worth $1.5 million in prize money. The AJC Australian Derby is run under set weight conditions and is open to three-year-olds only. The AJC Australian Derby is held on the same day as the Group1 TJ Smith Stakes and the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes.
The first AJC Australian Derby was run in 1861 when it was won by Kyogle. Geldings were prohibited from running in the race from 1932-1956. The AJC Australian Derby was originally part of the Sydney Spring Racing carnival, but was switched to an autumn feature in 1979. It is the premier race for three-year-olds held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The set-weight conditions of the race mean that the quality gallopers are given every chance to succeed, favouring the classier horses. Horses that perform well in the AJC Australian Derby often go on to run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, while the runners have usually come via races such as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 2 Tulloch Stakes.
Notable winners of the AJC Australian Derby include Trident (1886), Heroic (1924), Phar Lap (1929), Peter Pan (1932), Tulloch (1957), Skyline (1958), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Tristarc (1985), Research (1989), Naturalism (1992), Octagonal (1996), Starcraft (2004), Eremein (2005), Shoot Out (2010) and Shamrocker (2011).
Past Winners & Results
Here you will find a list of winners and past results for the AJC Australian Derby since the year 2000.
|2011||1 Shamrocker||2 Retrieve||3 Anacheeva||2:29.4|
|2010||1 Shoot Out||2 Descarado||3 Monaco Consul||2:32.6|
|2009||1 Roman Emperor||2 Harris Tweed||3 Predatory Pricer||2:31.0|
|2008||1 Nom De Jeu||2 Red Ruler||3 Littorio||2:36.2|
|2007||1 Flumicino||2 Ambitious General||3 Tuesday Joy||2:36.4|
|2006||1 Headturner||2 De Beers||3 Testafiable||2:29.9|
|2005||1 Eremein||2 Stella Grande||3 Railings||2:35.8|
|2004||1 Starcraft||2 Braeloch||3 Delzao||2:34.8|
|2003||1 Clangalang||2 Strasbourg||3 Mummify||2:32.3|
|2002||1 Don Eduardo||2 Carnegie Express||3 Pentastic||2:32.7|
|2001||1 Universal Prince||2 Sir Clive||3 Danamite||2:30.8|
|2000||1 Fairway||2 Shogun Lodge||3 Now Voyager||2:34.0|