2020 Australian Derby Tips & Betting Advice
The Australian Derby is one of the oldest races on the calendar and pits the three-year-old stayers up against one another. Who does history suggest will win the Group 1?
Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 Australian Derby. The race will take place on Saturday, 4 April, 2020 at Randwick Racecourse.
We provide you with Australian Derby tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.
2020 Australian Derby
|Date||Saturday, April 4|
|Race Type||Set Weights|
AUSTRALIAN DERBY TIPS
When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.
Our experts assess all the Australian Derby runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 tips to help you back the winner.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton will provide his tips and selections for the 2020 Australian Derby once the field has been finalised.
AUSTRALIAN DERBY ODDS
Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and BetEasy have the latest 2020 Australian Derby betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Australian Derby betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.
AUSTRALIAN DERBY LIVE STREAM
Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Australian Derby (and all other races from New South Wales tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Randwick races including the Australian Derby streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the Australian Derby live, see our guide to watch the race.
AUSTRALIAN DERBY BONUS BETS
The Australian Derby features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of bonus bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.
AUSTRALIAN DERBY HISTORY
A staying race for the three-year-olds, the Group 1 event takes place at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse annually in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
It was first run in 1861 when won by Kyogle when it was known as the AJC Randwick Derby Stakes.
In 1865 the race was renamed the AJC Australia Derby Stakes then from 1873 through to 1993 it was called the AJC Derby.
From 1994 it was known as the AJC Australian Derby.
The race is now known as the ATC Australian Derby or Australian Derby and was taken out in 2015 by New Zealand stayer Mongolian Khan who emulated New Zealand champion Bonecrusher by claiming the New Zealand Derby-Australian Derby double.
With $2 million in prizemoney, it attracts the best staying three-year-olds from Australia and New Zealand and is part of a fantastic day of racing that includes the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and $1 million Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
The ATC Australian Derby is a set-weights race run over 2400m and is open to fillies, colts and geldings.
Males carry 56.5kg in the race and any fillies taking part in the race get a 2kg allowance as they run with 54.5kg on their back.
Some of the runners in the Australian Derby may have contested the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) held a month earlier and the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) held two weeks earlier.
The honour roll is exceptional with numerous Australian Derby winners going on to become household names with the most famous being Phar Lap who won the race in 1929.
Other former winners of the Australian Derby include The Barb (1866), Robinson Crusoe (1876), Grand Flaneur (1880), Poseidon (1906), Gloaming (1918), Heroic (1924), Peter Pan (1932), Tulloch (1957), Dulcify (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Bonecrusher (1986), Mahogany (1994), Octagonal (1996), Starcraft (2004), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Criterion (2014).
Many of the horses that have won the Australian Derby have gone on to win some of the country’s most prestigious races in the following years with the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup being likely targets.
Australian Derby Winners (Since 2000)
|2008||Nom De Jeu|
|2013||It's A Dundeel|
|2019||Angel Of Truth|
Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held.
In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860.
The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand.
The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.
RANDWICK TRACK DESCRIPTION
Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.
As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.
Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.