2017 Tasmanian Derby Field and Barrier Draw

January 31st, 2017

Nine three-year-olds will chase black type success in Hobart on Friday afternoon following the release of the 2017 Tasmanian Derby field this morning.

Darren Weir saddled Howard Be Thy Name (pictured) to second in the Tasmanian Derby last year. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Darren Weir saddled Howard Be Thy Name (pictured) to second in the Tasmanian Derby last year. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have unearthed a potential staying star in Northwest Passage, who undoubtedly headlines in the 2017 Tasmanian Derby field.

Debuting to racing for a smart win in the Sharpe Legal & Conveyancing Maiden (1300m) at Hawkesbury on December 9th, Northwest Passage repeated the dose with a handy performance to take out the #TheRaces BM64 (1900m) on December 9th.

Suffering his first career defeat when dropping back in distance for third in an 1800m BM67 race on January 2nd, the So You Think gelding responded in the best way possible with a dominant performance to take out the Listed Hobart Guineas (2100m) on January 22nd.

Northwest Passage will be partnered by regular hoop Adam Hyeronimus and will leave from the ideal barrier 5 in the Tasmanian Derby.

Darren Weir saddled Howard Be Thy Name is second in the Tasmanian Derby last year and will be looking to go one better with exciting three-year-old Igitur on Friday.

Igitur has failed to fire at his two most recent starts but has shown plenty of ability through nine appearances this time in; highlighted by a five length win in the Two Tarts Maiden Plate (2100m) at Echuca on December 19th.

Trainer Mick Price has a good opinion of Shadow Prince and is confident that the gelding will only improve when he finds the 2200m of the 2017 Tasmanian Derby.

Resuming this time for fifth in a Kyneton minor over 1450m in November, Shadow Prince progressed to fourth in the Sofitel Hotels/Resorts BM58 (1850m) before breaking through for his first race win in the We Love A Bet Maiden (2025m) at Cranbourne on December 23rd.

Having run on well for fifth in the Hobart Guineas last time out, the Dalghar gelding has been charged with overcoming a wide draw in barrier 9, but should feature prominently with Noel Callow in the saddle.

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2017 Tasmanian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1131 NORTHWEST PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5 57kg 75
2 x3276x5415 SHADOW PRINCE (NZ) Mick Price Noel Callow 9 57kg 62
3 972×616653 TRUSTED WARRIOR Chris Crook & Imogen Miller Brendon McCoull 1 57kg 62
4 10×8414 MATAMANOA Patrick Payne Luke Currie 3 57kg 66
5 x787323108 IGITUR Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8 57kg 62
6 5×24913886 TOUGH VIC Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Anthony Darmanin 2 57kg 59
7 9×0166 FRENCH SNITZEL Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 7 57kg 64
8 645×4417 AUTMED Mark Webb Daniel Ganderton 6 57kg 62
9 453×546324 BISCAY BARB John Blacker Craig Newitt 4 57kg 57