Hitotsu’s Draws Well for Historical Derby Bid

Nic Ashman Nic Ashman
Hitotsu (Image source: magicmillions.com.au)

Hitotsu’s bid at becoming the first horse since Mahogany to win the Victoria Derby – Australian Derby double received a boost at Tuesday’s barrier draw.

The Maher-Eustace trained galloper won the Victoria Derby over 2500m last year and resumed this autumn with a barnstorming win over a mile in the Australian Guineas returning a career peak figure.

Hitotsu will start from barrier four in Saturday’s $2 million feature while Tulloch Stakes winner Character will jump from gate 11 with Tommy Berry in the saddle.

Gai and Singo are back together and their charge Castlereagh Kid, although disappointing in the Allister Clark Stakes, will push on to the Derby and drew barrier 12 with Nash Rawiller in the saddle.

Rawiller rode multiple Group 1 winner More Joyous to the baulk of her 21 victories when she sported the famous Singo silks around a decade ago.

A roughie to keep an eye might be Elzamee, who found the line strongly over the 2040m last start, is bred to get 2400 plus and has the Maher-Eustace polish.

2022 Australian Derby Field & Barrier Draw

No.  Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 56.5kg
2 ALEGRON James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg
3 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 13 56.5kg
4 CASTLEREAGH KID Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 12 56.5kg
5 REGAL LION (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 10 56.5kg
6 WHITE NOISE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Robbie Dolan 21 56.5kg
7 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 9 56.5kg
8 CHARACTER James Cummings Tommy Berry 11 56.5kg
9 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 6 56.5kg
10 MAURICE’S MEDAD Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 16 56.5kg
11 RAGING BULL David Payne Craig Williams 15 56.5kg
12 ELZAMEE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Chad Schofield 1 56.5kg
13 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56.5kg
14 CLYDE Gary Portelli Shaun Guymer 8 56.5kg
15 BENAUD John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 19 56.5kg
16 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 56.5kg
17 SEA TREASURES (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 17 56.5kg
18 AKAHATA (NZ) Bjorn Baker 20 56.5kg
19e ASTERNISHING Mick Bell Dean Holland 18 56.5kg
20e MEDIARO Matthew Smith Jay Ford 14 56.5kg
21e LUKEY LUKE Gwenda Markwell Keagan Latham 7 56.5kg