A total of 72 horses have been nominated for the 18 horses starting field of the $1.5 million AJC Australian Derby at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 9, 2011.
The Group 1 AJC Australian Derby is a 2,400 metre race for three-year-olds that is run under set-weight conditions.
Included in the nominations is March 26’s Rosehill Guineas winner Jimmy Choux.
Jimmy Choux has now won his past five starts, with all five being of Group level.
The extremely talented three-year-old New Zealand import had his very first Australian race start in the Rosehill Guineas, and has proven that he is more than capable of knocking his Australian competitors out of the park.
Trainer, John Bary, is confident that Jimmy Choux will perform at his best in the AJC Australian Derby.
“My job is to keep him ticking over and make sure he gets there at his top,” said Bary.
“I think Jimmy Choux is the best horse and he should win if he gets normal luck.”
Bary was thrilled with Jimmy Choux’s recovery after winning the 2011 Rosehill Guineas last start.
“There isn’t any sign he has gone backwards since winning the Rosehill Guineas,” Bary said.
“In fact, he has done so well I had to give him a bit of extra work last week.”
The young Thorn Park colt will look to make it 11 wins from 18 starts with a win in the 2011 AJC Australian Derby this Saturday.
Also included in the 2011 AJC Australian Derby nominations is Michael Moroney’s Brazilian Pulse, who finished third in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes behind Mirjulisa Lass at Rosehill last weekend.
Brazilian Pulse, who won last year’s Crown Oaks at Flemington on November 4, 2010, will be attempting to win her second Group race of her preparation, after she posted victory in the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic on March 26, 2011.
The Captain Rio filly has won five of her nine starts and has accrued more than $1.12 million in prize money.
Peter Moody’s Lights Of Heaven also features in the 2011 AJC Australian Derby nominations.
The Zabeel filly remains unbeaten across all of her four starts, including the Group 2 Fillies Classic and the Group 1 SA Oaks.
The three-year-old will be attempting to claim her fifth straight victory when she tackles the 2011 AJC Australian Derby at Randwick this weekend.
Also amongst the 2011 AJC Australian Derby nominations are Bart Cummings’ I Think I Do and Peter Snowden’s Retrieve.
2011 AJC Australian Derby Nominations
|1||ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||78|
|2||ALMODOVAR (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|3||ANACHEEVA||Peter G Moody||105|
|5||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||–|
|6||BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||104|
|7||CHICO BONITO||Jason Coyle||61|
|8||CORAL REEF||David Hayes||–|
|9||COUNT YOUR FINGERS||John P Thompson||–|
|11||DIAMOND JIM||David Payne||69|
|13||DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ)||Jim & Greg Lee||–|
|15||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Peter G Moody||–|
|17||ELUSIVE KING||Peter G Moody||–|
|18||EMERITUS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||–|
|19||GILDED SPUR||Anthony Cummings||–|
|21||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||80|
|22||HIGH DENSITY||Joe Cleary||–|
|23||I THINK I DO||Bart Cummings||–|
|24||JETER||John P Thompson||–|
|25||JETHRO (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|26||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary||110|
|27||KIM DIVINE||Bart Cummings||–|
|28||KING GLADIATOR||Chris Waller||63|
|29||KUDAKULARI (NZ)||Bart Cummings||85|
|30||LIGHT BRIGADE||Gai Waterhouse||85|
|31||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|33||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||71|
|34||MEAISIN (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||–|
|35||MISSING IN ACTION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|36||MOONSTONES (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||56|
|37||MR CONSOLIDATOR||Leon Corstens||66|
|38||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|40||MUST HAVE (NZ)||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||–|
|41||NEEDS FURTHER||Gai Waterhouse||73|
|43||OFORAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Kent||–|
|44||ON THE LEVEL (NZ)||Murray & Bjorn Baker||–|
|45||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||–|
|46||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||92|
|47||PRECIOUS LORRAINE||David Hayes|
|50||QUEEN’S FASHION||David Hayes||–|
|51||RAFFLES KNIGHT||Danny O’Brien||–|
|54||RIMSKY (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||–|
|56||ROYAL EQUERRY||Bill Prain||–|
|58||SEA LORD||David Payne||85|
|59||SECOND DRAW||John P Thompson||–|
|60||SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||67|
|61||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||81|
|62||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||105|
|63||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||69|
|64||SIERRA NEVADA (NZ)||Richard Otto||–|
|66||SPACE STATION||Bede Murray||53|
|67||STRAIGHT ALBERT||Michael Dobie||59|
|68||STRAIGHT ARROW (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|70||TAKE THE OATH||Joseph Pride||72|
|71||TOOLBAG||John P Thompson||56|