Australian Derby Barrier Draw Stats & Info

Australian Derby Barrier Draw Mongolian Khan (PA Images)

The Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) barrier draw and final field will be declared on Tuesday, April 01, 2025.

This page will be updated following the barrier draw.

Australian Derby Nominations – Where It All Begins

The Australian Derby is a Group 1 feature for three-year-olds that is run over 2400m at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.

Nominations for the Australian Derby will take place at 11:00am on February 11, 2025.


Australian Derby Barrier Draw – When, Where And How Is It Conducted?

The Australian Derby final field and barrier draw will be revealed on Tuesday, April 01, 2025.

Barriers are randomly determined via computer with the final field and barrier draw being uploaded to Racing Australia.

There have been some nice stayers that have won the Australian Derby, including Shoot Out, It’s A Dundeel, Criterion and Mongolian Khan in the past 15 years.


Australian Derby Barrier Statistics – Winners From The Past 20 Years

Year Horse Barrier Weight
2024 Riff Rocket 8 56.5kg
2023 Major Beel 15 56.5kg
2022 Hitotsu 4 56.5kg
2021 Explosive Jack 15 56.5kg
2020 Quick Thinker 6 56.5kg
2019 Angel Of Truth 4 56.5kg
2018 Levendi 3 56.5kg
2017 Jon Snow 9 56.5kg
2016 Tavago 1 56.5kg
2015 Mongolian Khan 1 56.5kg
2014 Criterion 1 56.5kg
2013 It’s A Dundeel 8 56.5kg
2012 Ethiopia 9 56.5kg
2011 Shamrocker 8 54.5kg
2010 Shoot Out 8 56.5kg
2009 Roman Emperor 16 56.5kg
2008 Nom De Jeu 14 56.5kg
2007 Fiumicino 7 56.5kg
2006 Headturner 6 56.5kg
2005 Eremein 3 56.5kg


Is There A Barrier Draw Bias in the Australian Derby?

There definitely appears to be a barrier draw bias for the Australian Derby with inside barriers being highly beneficial to winning the race. Ideally, drawing barrier eight or less is the best starting gate for the race.

Explosive Jack managed to buck the trend in 2021 by winning from barrier 15 so it is not impossible to win from the wider draws.

Where a horse sits in running is even more important than the starting gate as being caught wide in the staying event is detrimental to being a winning chance.


Most Successful Australian Derby Barriers

Barrier Wins
8 8
1 6
3 5
4 4
6 3

Last updated for 2024 Australian Derby Results

Please note that barrier statistics only include races from 1983 onwards.



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