New Zealand Derby

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New Zealand Derby
Group I race
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1875
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website Ellerslie Racecourse
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (12 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights
Purse NZ$1,000,000 (2017)

The New Zealand Derby is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, run over a distance of 2,400 metres (12 furlongs) at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. It is held on the first Saturday in March, as the opening day of Auckland Cup Week. The purse of the race in 2015 was $750,000.

History[edit]

The New Zealand Derby is an amalgamation of two races – the New Zealand Derby, run since 1860 at Riccarton, Christchurch; and the Great Northern Derby, run since 1875 at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland.[1] The races were combined in 1973. Riccarton was awarded two 1,600 m races for three-year-olds in place of its Derby – the New Zealand 2000 Guineas and New Zealand 1000 Guineas.

After its May debut, the New Zealand Derby was soon moved to New Year's Day, and then finally to Boxing Day. It continued to be run on this day for many years and became a popular traditional social occasion for Aucklanders until it was moved to the first day of the new Auckland Cup Week in March. The first March running of the Derby in 2006 was won by Wahid, from the stable of Allan Sharrock in New Plymouth.

Only a small number of fillies have ever won the Derby against the male horses, including the great Desert Gold. Five have done so since 1980 – Our Flight in 1983, Tidal Light in 1987, Popsy in 1994, Silent Achiever in 2012 and Habibi in 2013. On two of those occasions, fillies have also finished second – Cure in 1986 and Fix in 2013.[2]

Many of New Zealand's most famous racehorses feature on the list of New Zealand Derby winners, including Nightmarch, Kindergarten, Balmerino, Desert Gold, Mainbrace, Gloaming, Bonecrusher, Xcellent, Jimmy Choux, Silent Achiever and Mongolian Khan.[3]

Vinnie Colgan holds the record for the most Derby wins by a jockey. He scored his fifth Derby win aboard Habibi in 2013, breaking Robert Vance's previous record of four, and added a sixth victory with Rangipo in 2016.[4]

Winners of the New Zealand Derby[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2017 Gingernuts Opie Bosson Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate 2:28.27
2016 Rangipo Vinnie Colgan Tony Pike John & Margaret Thompson 2:28.89
2015 Mongolian Khan Opie Bosson Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry 2:28.40
2014 Puccini Michael Walker Peter & Jacob McKay Monovale Holdings Ltd 2:28.39
2013 Habibi Vinnie Colgan Donna & Dean Logan Mrs H J & P J Crofskey & Mrs P A McIntyre 2:27.58
2012 Silent Achiever James McDonald Roger James K J Hickman 2:33.55
2011 Jimmy Choux Jonathan Riddell John Bary Chouxmaani Investments Ltd. 2:38.35
2010 Military Move Michael Walker Shaune Ritchie Steven Lo 2:27.91
2009 Coniston Bluebird Scott Seamer Bede Murray Murray Livestock, J O'Brien, J & R Standford & J Wilson 2:31.04
2008 C'est La Guerre David Walker Kevin Myers K Barker et al. 2:33.47
2007 Redoute's Dancer Vinnie Colgan Tim Martin P. Silvestro 2:27.24
2006 Wahid Leith Innes Allan Sharrock Noel H. & Ron T. Stanley 2:27.42
2004 Xcellent Michael Coleman Michael Moroney G W Breingan et al. 2:32.01
2003 Cut the Cake Michael Coleman Michael Moroney N M Anderson/G W Breingan et al. 2:28.88
2002 St Reims Greg Childs Chris McNab Rob McAnulty et al. 2:28.57
2001 Leica Guv Scott Seamer Jeff McVean R A and Mrs R J Scarborough 2:28.98
2000 Hail Noel Harris Bruce Marsh A J Cunningham & R B Marsh 2:32.27
1999 Hades Vinnie Colgan Roger James Mrs F E & R A Dixon 2:27.57
1998 So Casual Damien Oliver Ross Taylor G C P Beadel et al. 2:24.80
1997 Zonda Vinnie Colgan Roger James Hundalee Derby Syndicate 2:31.58
1996 Great Command Darren Beadman Michael Moroney H J & J Chan, R R McAnulty & D Tsang 2:27.97
1995 Roysyn Vinnie Colgan Roger James Mrs B P & J B Harvey 2:30.10
1994 Look Who's Talking Grant Cooksley Nigel Tiley Unifaith Limited 2:28.18
1993 Popsy Lance O'Sullivan D & P O'Sullivan Barnaby & Co Ltd 2:27.24
1992 The Phantom Chance Robert Vance Colin Jillings W B Ballin 2:25.98
1991 Cavallieri Grant Cooksley Laurie Laxon L K Laxon, S Shew & F & Mrs Z Sing 2:29.18
1990 Surfers Paradise Lance O'Sullivan D & P O'Sullivan F Cheung, K Chong, G Fong & J D Smith 2:28.02
1989 Castletown Bruce Compton Patrick Busuttin P M Busuttin, B J McCahill & K P Morris 2:29.28
1988 The Gentry Greg Childs Ray & Kerry Verner L W Davis, H K Haub, P J Walker & Haunui Farm 2:27.49
1987 Satisfy Maurice Campbell N D Nicoloff N D & P H Nicoloff 2:35.41
1986 Tidal Light Grant Cooksley Jim Gibbs S A Taylor 2:28.63
1985 Bonecrusher Gary Stewart Frank Ritchie Peter J. Mitchell 2:29.47
1984 Jolly Jake Chris McNab Alan Jones I W Allan 2:27.39
1983 I'm Henry Robert Vance Colin Jillings A J & M M Bates 2:29.78
1982 Our Flight Maurice Campbell Errol Skelton J W Rusher 2:32.48
1981 Isle of Man Robert Vance Davina Waddell R F Langsford and D L Waddell 2:28.89
1980 Ring the Bell Nigel Tiley Neville Atkins E M Mackley and B P Wild 2:30.23
1979 Ruling Lad Garry Phillips Brian Deacon E N Baker 2:35.38
1978 Kaiser Alwin Tweedie Neville Atkins T J and Mrs Doole 2:29.42
1977 Uncle Remus Robert Vance Colin Jillings K F Clotworthy and Mrs G M Donaldson 2:29.51
1976 Silver Lad D Wyatt B Petley D and Mrs Nicholls and R R Peel-Walker 2:29.76
1975 Balmerino Maurice Campbell Brian Smith R K Stuart 2:31.21
1974 Mansingh
1973 Furys Order
  • Not run in 2005 with change of date (December 4 – March 6)

Earlier winners (New Zealand Derby)[edit]

Note: the New Zealand Derby and the Great Northern Derby were combined into one race in 1973.

  • 1860 Ada
  • 1861 Otto
  • 1862 Emmeline
  • 1863 Azucena
  • 1864 Opera
  • 1865 Egremont
  • 1866 Nebula
  • 1867 Scandal
  • 1868 Flying Jib
  • 1869 Manuka
  • 1870 Envy
  • 1871 Defamation
  • 1872 Calumny
  • 1873 Papapa
  • 1874 Tadmor
  • 1875 Daniel O'Rourke
  • 1876 Songster
  • 1877 Trump Card
  • 1878 Natator
  • 1879 Hornby
  • 1880 Sir Modred
  • 1881 The Dauphin
  • 1882 Cheviot
  • 1883 Oudeis
  • 1884 Black Rose
  • 1885 Stonyhurst
  • 1886 Disowned
  • 1887 Maxim
  • 1888 Manton
  • 1889 Scots Grey
  • 1890 Medallion
  • 1891 Florrie
  • 1892 Stepniak
  • 1893 Skirmisher
  • 1894 Blue Fire
  • 1895 Euroclydon
  • 1896 Uniform
  • 1897 Multiform
  • 1898 Altair
  • 1899 Seahorse
  • 1900 Renown
  • 1901 Menschikoff
  • 1902 Orloff
  • 1903 Roseal
  • 1904 Nightfall
  • 1905 Noctiform
  • 1906 Zimmerman
  • 1907 Elevation
  • 1908 Husbandman
  • 1909 Elysian
  • 1910 Danube
  • 1911 Masterpiece
  • 1912 Bon Reve
  • 1913 Cherubini
  • 1914 Balboa
  • 1915 Desert Gold
  • 1916 The Toff
  • 1917 Estland
  • 1918 Gloaming (AUS)
  • 1919 Rossini
  • 1920 Duo
  • 1921 Winning Hit
  • 1922 Enthusiasm
  • 1923 Black Ronald
  • 1924 Count Cavour
  • 1925 Runnymede
  • 1926 Commendation
  • 1927 Agrion
  • 1928 Nightmarch
  • 1929 Honour
  • 1930 Cylinder
  • 1931 Bronze Eagle (AUS)
  • 1932 Silver Scorn
  • 1933 Nightly
  • 1934 Sporting Blood
  • 1935 Lowenberg
  • 1936 Wild Chase
  • 1937 Royal Chief
  • 1938 Defaulter
  • 1939 Beaulivre
  • 1940 Enrich
  • 1941 Battledress
  • 1942 Rink
  • 1943 Tara King
  • 1944 Pensacola
  • 1945 Al-Sirat
  • 1946 Royal Tan
  • 1947 Liebestraum
  • 1948 St. Bruno
  • 1949 Beaumaris
  • 1950 The Unicorn
  • 1951 Dalray
  • 1952 Programme
  • 1953 Idaho
  • 1954 Port Boy
  • 1955 Syntax
  • 1956 Passive
  • 1957 William Paul
  • 1958 Up and Coming
  • 1959 Sol d'Or
  • 1960 Blue Lodge
  • 1961 Burgos
  • 1962 Algalon
  • 1963 Royal Duty
  • 1964 Trial Offer
  • 1965 Roman Consul
  • 1966 Fair Account
  • 1967 Jazz
  • 1968 Pep
  • 1969 Piko
  • 1970 Fairview Lad
  • 1971 Master John
  • 1972 Classic Wave

Earlier winners (Great Northern Derby)[edit]

Note: the New Zealand Derby and the Great Northern Derby were combined into one race in 1973.

  • 1875 – Toi
  • 1876 – Ariel
  • 1877 – Danebury
  • 1878 – Venus Transit
  • 1879 – Omega
  • 1880 – Libeller
  • 1881 – Tim Whiffler
  • 1882 – Fitz Hercules
  • 1883 – Welcome Jack
  • 1884 – Nelson
  • 1885 – Tigridia
  • 1886 – Foul Shot
  • 1887 – Disowned
  • 1888 – Sextant
  • 1889 – Cuirassier
  • 1890 – Tirailleur
  • 1891 – Medallion
  • 1892 – Morion
  • 1893 – St. Hippo
  • 1894 – Loyalty
  • 1895 – Stepfeldt
  • 1896 – Fabulist
  • 1897 – Nestor
  • 1898 – St. Crispin
  • 1899 – Blue Jacket
  • 1900 – Miss Delaval
  • 1901 – Renown
  • 1902 – Menschikoff
  • 1903 – Wairiki
  • 1904 – Gladsome
  • 1905 – Gladstone
  • 1906 – Multifid
  • 1907 – Zimmerman
  • 1908 – Boniform
  • 1909 – Husbandman
  • 1910 – Kilwinning
  • 1911 – Danube
  • 1912 – Counterfeit
  • 1913 – Bon Reve
  • 1914 – Cherubini
  • 1915 – Reputation
  • 1916 – Desert Gold
  • 1917 – Sasanof
  • 1918 – Estland
  • 1919 – Gloaming
  • 1920 – Royal Stag
  • 1921 – Gasbag
  • 1922 – Winning Hit
  • 1923 – Enthusiasm
  • 1924 – Ballymena
  • 1925 – Count Cavour
  • 1926 – Star Stranger
  • 1927 – Commendation
  • 1928 – Martarma
  • 1929 – Red Heckle
  • 1930 – Hunting Cry
  • 1931 – Karapoti
  • 1932 – Bronze Eagle
  • 1933 – Silver Scorn
  • 1934 – Red Manfred
  • 1935 – Gay Blonde
  • 1936 – Greek Shepherd
  • 1937 – Essex
  • 1938 – Courtcraft
  • 1939 – Defaulter
  • 1940 – Beau Vite
  • 1941 – Kindergarten
  • 1942 – Regal Fox
  • 1943 – Indian Princess
  • 1944 – Expanse
  • 1945 – Coronaire
  • 1946 – Lady Foxbridge
  • 1947 – Beau Le Havre
  • 1948 – Sweet Nymph
  • 1949 – Tauloch
  • 1950 – Sweet Spray
  • 1951 – Mainbrace
  • 1952 – Dalray
  • 1953 – Programme
  • 1954 – Fox Myth
  • 1955 – Somerset Fair
  • 1956 – Syntax
  • 1957 – Passive/Gibraltar
  • 1958 – Lawful
  • 1959 – Gitano
  • 1960 – Stipulate
  • 1961 – Cracksman
  • 1962 – Tatua
  • 1963 – Ichtar
  • 1964 – Sobig
  • 1965 – Peterman
  • 1966 – Star Belle
  • 1967 – Ben Lomond
  • 1968 – Bardall
  • 1969 – Piko
  • 1970 – Kirrama
  • 1971 – Master John
  • 1972 – Corroboree

Reference list[edit]

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