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New Zealand Derby

for the trotting event, see: New Zealand Trotting Derby
Group I race
New Zealand Derby
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1860
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Ellerslie Racecourse
Race information
Distance 2400m (12 furlongs)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights
Purse NZ$2.2 million

The New Zealand Derby is 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. It is held on the first Saturday in March, as the opening day of Auckland Cup Week. From 2009, it was run for a purse of $2.2 million. [1]

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History

The race combines two races which were the New Zealand Derby, run since 1860 in Riccarton, Christchurch and the Great Northern Derby, run since 1875 in Ellerslie, Auckland. Both were run over 12 furlongs, and were equally prestigious derbies. [2] The combining of the two races into one was achieved in 1973, when the New Zealand Derby was moved from Christchurch up to Auckland, and the Great Northern Derby was no longer run.

In 1973, the "combined" New Zealand Derby was held in Ellerslie. Riccarton was instead given two 1600 m races for three-year-olds in place of the Derby, the One Thousand and Two Thousand Guineas. After its May debut, the race 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. Three have done so since 1980 - Our Flight in 1983, Tidal Light in 1987 and Popsy in 1994, all exceptional fillies.

Many of New Zealand's most famous racehorses feature on the New Zealand Derby's/Great Northern Derby's winners' lists, including Nightmarch, Kindergarten, Balmerino, Desert Gold, Mainbrace, Gloaming and Bonecrusher. [3] Several horses features on both lists, including the great Defaulter, who won the 1938 NZ Derby and then the 1939 Great Northern Derby.

Winners of the New Zealand Derby

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

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 (Dec 04 - Mar 06)

Earlier winners (New Zealand Derby)

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


Earlier winners (Great Northern Derby)

  • 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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