2010 Channel Seven Queensland Derby Final Field

June 9th, 2010

This Saturday as part of the bumper line-up at Eagle Farm’s AAMI Stradbroke Handicap Day, a field of the nation’s best three-year-olds will take to the track in the $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m).

A capacity field of 18 starters plus four emergencies has been named for the Sunshine State’s most prestigious three-year-olds event including Redoute’s Choice filly Dariana.

Trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, Dariana bungled the start in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) last Saturday. Her poor gate manners saw her reach her head into the adjacent barrier as the gates were released, and despite never leaving the stalls she was declared a starter.

It was a devastating blow for the improving young filly who will be looking to atone in the Derby. Having come up trumps in the barrier draw for Saturday with gate one, Dariana looks well positioned to reach her potential and win.

Bart Cummings also has his Grand Prix Stakes third placegetter Landlord starting from barrier 13 in the Derby, alongside stablemate Brightnight in gate 14.

The surprise winner of the Queensland Oaks was Kiwi filly Miss Keepsake. The Andrew Scott-trained daughter of Keeper has now won her past three races in succession and has also drawn well in the Derby with barrier six. After starting in the Oaks at $31, there is little chance she will be at such generous odds again on Saturday.

Another Queensland Oaks runner returning to Eagle Farm for the Derby is runner-up Marheta. Trained by Flemington-based mentor Michael Moroney, the Al Maher filly took out the Group 3 Doomben Roses (2020m) before her eye-catching performance in the Oaks, and despite drawing poorly with barrier 21 is still a top contender for Saturday.

Another favourite three-year-old heading into Saturday’s Queensland Derby is Kutchinsky.

The Tony Noonan-trained Anabaa gelding is coming off a last start win in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben and despite drawing wider than preferred with barrier 10 still has plenty of claims.

Other top Derby contenders include The Hombre who won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2200m) on protest at Doomben in May 15 and was only narrowly beaten by Kutchinsky in the Grand Prix Stakes last weekend, and the Patrick Payne-trained Fieldmaster in barrier four.

The highlight event at Eagle Farm on Saturday is the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) featuring the Mark Kavanagh-trained Whobegotyou and stablemate to Queensland Derby favourite Kutchinsky, Ortensia.

Other major races to be held at the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s final meeting include the $500,000 Group 1 T J Smith (1600m) for two-year-olds, the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), and the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m). Check out the final field and previews for all these great events at Eagle Farm Races.

The 2010 Queensland Derby is scheduled to jump at 3:30pm on Saturday, and Ladbrokes.com.au has all the odds.

2010 Channel Seven Queensland Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw:

No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
SANDERSON
Kelly Doughty Jason Holder 9 56
2
SIR TIME KEEPER (NZ)
Graeme Nicholson David Walsh 3 56
3
KUTCHINSKY
Tony Noonan Craig Newitt 10 56
4
THE HOMBRE
John Bary Jonathan Riddell 18 56
5
KEYORA (NZ)
John Wheeler Hugh Bowman 16 56
6
BLUEYS WAY
Tim Martin Tye Angland 22 56
7
LANDLORD SCRATCHED
Bart Cummings Damien Oliver 13 56
8
CABEZA (NZ)
Danny O’Brien Nash Rawiller 5 56
9
RACING HEART
Robert Heathcote Shane Scriven 8 56
10
ARVAN
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 19 56
11
ROCKET TO RIO (NZ)
Alan Bailey 15 56
12
LET THEM HAVE IT
Kevin Moses Corey Brown 17 56
13
FIELDMASTER (NZ)
Patrick Payne Danny Brereton 4 56
14
FAVOURS TRADED
Alan Bailey 20 56
15
BRIGHTNIGHT (NZ)
Bart Cummings Blake Shinn 14 56
16
MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)
Andrew Scott Chris Munce 6 54
17
MARHETA
Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 21 54
18
DARIANA
Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 1 54
19e
MOTHER’S MILK (NZ)
John P Thompson 7 54
20e
FACE THE FRONT
Bevan & Richard Laming Danny Nikolic 11 56
21e
OUR TIGRESS
Michael Moroney 12 54
22e
BENAURA GIRL
John P Thompson 2 54