Australian Derby

Australian Derby Winners - Quick Thinker (2020) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Looking for early info on this year’s Australian Derby? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

The Australian Derby is a time-honoured staying classic for three-year-olds run and won in Sydney since 1861. The set weights clash takes place over 2,400m at Royal Randwick in early April as part of ‘The Championships’ and runs alongside a host of other Group 1 features including the Doncaster Mile.

Offering $2 million in prize money, the Australian Derby is also referred to now as the ATC Derby being run by the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

Good lead-up races into the ATC Derby including the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) held earlier during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Both events offer the winners a ballot exemption into the Australian Derby field, and Criterion (2014) was the last horse to complete the Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby race double.

Many of the better Australian Derby runners may head next-up to Morphettville for Adelaide’s Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) and Explosive Jack (2021) was the last horse to do the double.

Australian Derby 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set Weights
  • Qualification: Three year olds 
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1861
  • 2022 Australian Derby Winner: Hitotsu

Australian Derby 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Australian Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 2, 2022. 

  1. #1 Hitotsu
  2. #15 Benaud
  3. #2 Alegron

The 2022 Australian Derby winner Hitotsu ($3.30F) made history, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained galloper becoming the first horse to complete the Victoria Derby – Australian Derby double since Mahogany (1993/94) and the first Australian Guineas champion to win the ATC Derby next-up without a subsequent run. The champion overcame interference on the straight to fight off the grey Benaud and the spring’s VRC Derby runner-up Alegron to dominate the ATC Derby 2022 results and hand jockey John Allen with yet another Derby triumph.

Australian Derby Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Australian Derby, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Australian Derby
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Australian Derby. 
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Australian Derby. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Australian Derby, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Australian Derby, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Australian Derby to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Australian Derby to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Australian Derby to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Australian Derby, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Australian Derby in 2022

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Australian Derby Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Australian Derby 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Australian Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The Australian Derby?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Australian Derby in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barriers, look for proven Group 1 performers and those with winning form over the 2400m distance. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Australian Derby winner include: 

  • Boys’ Club: While fillies are able to contest the event, just three from 1983 – 2022 have managed to beat home the boys.
  • Local Flair: From 1983 – 2022 only five Australian Derby winners came off a run other than at Rosehill Racecourse most recently Hitotsu (Group 1 Australian Guineas over 1600m at Flemington).
  • Inside Alley: Despite the staying distance and big field, more Australian Derby winners in recent history have won from barrier one than any other gate.

Australian Derby Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 Australian Derby betting include the spring’s Victoria Derby champion Hitotsu and the widely-drawn Forgot You coming off a third to Anamoe in the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m. 

Criterion ($2.90 in 2014) followed by Hitotsu ($3.30 in 2022) are the last Australian Derby favourites to win.

Australian Derby 2022 Field

The official 2022 Australian Derby field of final acceptances is announced on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s historical Victoria Derby – Australian Guineas double champ Hitotsu in gate four headlines a capacity Australian Derby 2022 final field this weekend at Royal Randwick.

Australian Derby 2022 Tips

Favourite: #1 Hitotsu ($3.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #5 Regal Lion ($5.50 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #7 War Eternal ($21 at time of publish)

Our insider 2022 Australian Derby tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


Australian Derby  Race Day 2022

The 2022 Australian Derby takes place on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are four Group 1 races in total held that day at the track with the Australian Derby supported by the:

Australian Derby Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 Australian Derby barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Australian Derby Field section. 

Australian Derby Nominations 2022

Nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

The 2022 Australian Derby nominations feature 141 three-year-old staying types including Richard Litt’s Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo and VRC Derby hero Hitotsu.

Australian Derby first acceptances 2022

First acceptances closed at midday on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022.  

Australian Derby Weights 2022

The Australian Derby is a set weights event and apprentices cannot claim. Weights must be declared by 4:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday the 29th of March, 2022 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Australian Derby Field section. 

Australian Derby final Acceptances 2022

Final acceptances must be declared before 8 AM on Tuesday the 29th of March, 2022 and will be published in our above Australian Derby Field section. 

Australian Derby Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday the 30th of March, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Australian Derby Field section. 

Australian Derby Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. 

2022 Australian Derby Scratchings: 

  • #19e Asternishing (18)
  • #20e Mediaro (14)
  • #21e Lukey Luke (7)

Australian Derby Prize Money 2022

Th Australian Derby prize purse is worth $2,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,160,000
2nd $380,000
3rd $195,000
4th $90,000
5th $45,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000
9th $15,000
10th $15,000

Australian Derby Race Number 2022

The 2022 Australian Derby is set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 3:55pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are 10 races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

Australian Derby Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Australian Derby Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Australian Derby Live  2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Australian Derby live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing NSW 

Australian Derby Winners

Winners of the Australian Derby going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a full list of winners going back to 1861, please check our Australian Derby winners page.

2022 Hitotsu Benaud Alegron 2:39.3
2021 Explosive Jack Young Werther Lion’s Roar 2:34.1
2020 Quick Thinker Zebrowski Eric The Eel 2:34.2
2019 Angel Of Truth Madison County Surely Sacred 2:35.6
2018 Levendi Ace High Tangled 2:28.7
2017 Jon Snow Harper’s Choice Hardham 2:38.1
2016 Tavago Jameka Tally 2:37.1
2015 Mongolian Khan Hauraki Volkstok’n’barrell 2:37.1
2014 Criterion Tupac Amaru Hooked 2:38.4
2013 It’s A Dundeel Philippi Kingdoms 2:33.4
2012 Ethiopia Polish Knight Laser Hawk 2:28.7
2011 Shamrocker Retrieve Anacheeva 2:29.4
2010 Shoot Out Descarado Monaco Consul 2:32.6
2009 Roman Emperor Harris Tweed Predatory Pricer 2:31.0
2008 Nom De Jeu Red Ruler Littorio 2:36.2
2007 Flumicino Ambitious General Tuesday Joy 2:36.4
2006 Headturner De Beers Testafiable 2:29.9
2005 Eremein Stella Grande Railings 2:35.8
2004 Starcraft Braeloch Delzao 2:34.8
2003 Clangalang Strasbourg Mummify 2:32.3
2002 Don Eduardo Carnegie Express Pentastic 2:32.7
2001 Universal Prince Sir Clive Danamite 2:30.8
2000 Fairway Shogun Lodge Now Voyager 2:34.0