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Great Northern Derby (race)

for the current version of the race, see: New Zealand Derby
Group I race
Great Northern Derby
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1875
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Ellerslie Racecourse
Race information
Distance 12 furlongs
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights

The Great Northern Derby was a set-weights thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses run over a distance of 2400 m at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. Since it was run for the first time as the ARC Auckland Derby Principal race over 12F in 1875, the race had become New Zealand's most prestigious three-year-old race. It was discontinued in 1972 after being combined with the New Zealand Derby. The new race, also called the New Zealand Derby was also run at Ellerslie.

History

The inaugural running of the Derby was in May 1875, when racing was held at Ellerslie Racecourse for the first time. Just three horses took part, of which one was withdrawn before the start and another failed to complete the course, leaving Toi to finish the race and become the first Derby winner. In 1887 it was renamed the ARC Great Northern Derby Principal race over 12F

The race kept the name Great Northern Derby regularly until 1973 when the Great Northern Derby was combined with the New Zealand Derby from Christchurch to form one race, called the New Zealand Derby, which was run at Ellerslie. Riccarton was instead given two 1600 m races for three-year-olds in place of its Derby, the One Thousand and Two Thousand Guineas.

Only a small number of fillies have ever won the Derby against the male horses including the great Desert Gold. Many of New Zealand's most famous racehorses feature on the Derby winners' list, including Kindergarten, Desert Gold, Mainbrace and Gloaming.

Winners

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


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