2015 New Zealand Derby

The 2015 New Zealand Derby was a horse race which took place at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 28 February 2015. It was the 140th running of the New Zealand Derby, and it was won by Mongolian Khan.[1]

The race was billed as a match race between the highly rated Mongolian Khan and Volkstok'n'barrell, both of which had made a big impression in stringing together consecutive wins in major races throughout the summer. The eagerly anticipated clash lived up to expectations as the two exciting three-year-olds drew well clear of their rivals and fought a memorable struggle down the home straight. Having been clearly headed by Volkstok'n'barrell, Mongolian Khan fought back and proved too strong in the concluding stages, edging away to win by one length. There was a margin of more than five lengths back to the remainder of the field.

It was the first New Zealand Derby win for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and rider Opie Bosson.

Mongolian Khan later went to Australia and won the Australian Derby at Randwick, becoming the first horse to win the New Zealand Derby-Australian Derby double since Bonecrusher in 1986.[2] Volkstok'n'barrell won the Rosehill Guineas and was third in the Australian Derby.

Race detailsEdit

  • Sponsor: TV3
  • Prize money: NZ$750,000
  • Track: Good
  • Number of runners: 17
  • Winner's time: 2:28.40

Full resultEdit

Margin Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Mongolian Khan Opie Bosson Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman $4.00
2 1 Volkstok'n'barrell Matt Cameron Donna & Dean Logan $2.30
3 Sound Proposition Danielle Johnson Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott $21.50
4 Neck Dee I Cee Rosie Myers Kevin Myers $42.50
5 ½ Midnitemagicman Vinnie Colgan Donna & Dean Logan $26.70
6 ¾ Sealed By A Dance Reese Jones Kevin Myers $127.20
7 ¾ Margin Trader Rhys McLeod Michael Moroney & Chad Ormsby $43.80
8 ½ Vavasour Leith Innes Peter & Dawn Williams $6.40
9 ½ Chenille Rory Hutchings Tony Pike $18.70
10 ¾ Prima Mark Du Plessis Doug Cave $21.60
11 Nose Nymph Monte Derek Nolan Grant Nicholson $198.90
12 1 Giant Turtle Mark Hills Bruce Wallace $36.50
13 ½ Gifted Lad Craig Grylls Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young $37.90
14 4 McQueen Samantha Collett Jim Collett $27.60
15 ½ Gaultier Michael Coleman Danica Guy $95.20
16 ½ J'Walke Dylan Turner Wayne Jones $236.40
17 34 Twya Mark Sweeney Graeme Sanders & Debbie Sweeney $141.80

Winner's detailsEdit

Further details of the winner, Mongolian Khan:

  • Foaled: 19 October 2011 in Australia
  • Sire: Holy Roman Emperor; Dam: Centafit (Centaine)
  • Owner: Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Club
  • Trainer: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
  • Breeder: Grenville Stud
  • Starts: 7
  • Wins: 6
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 0
  • Earnings: $625,500

The road to the DerbyEdit

Early-season appearances in 2014-15 prior to running in the Derby.

  • Mongolian Khan1st 3yo Salver, 1st Waikato Guineas, 1st Avondale Guineas
  • Volkstok'n'barrell1st Bonecrusher Stakes, 1st Great Northern Guineas, 1st Karaka Mile, 3rd Avondale Guineas
  • Sound Proposition6th Avondale Guineas
  • Dee I Ceeno stakes races
  • Midnitemagicman2nd Trevor Eagle Memorial, 3rd 3yo Salver, 4th Avondale Guineas
  • Sealed By A Danceno stakes races
  • Margin Trader5th Great Northern Guineas, 5th Waikato Guineas, 9th Avondale Guineas
  • Vavasour3rd Soliloquy Stakes, 2nd Royal Stakes, 1st Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic
  • Chenilleno stakes races
  • Prima3rd Waikato Guineas, 2nd Avondale Guineas
  • Nymph Monte13th Avondale Guineas
  • Giant Turtle2nd Waikato Guineas
  • Gifted Ladno stakes races
  • McQueen4th Waikato Guineas, 5th Avondale Guineas
  • Gaultier1st Levin Classic, 11th Waikato Guineas, 8th Avondale Guineas
  • J'Walke12th Avondale Guineas
  • Twya1st Wanganui Guineas, 3rd Bonecrusher Stakes, 6th Sarten Memorial, 11th Avondale Guineas

Subsequent Group 1 winsEdit

Subsequent wins at Group 1 level by runners in the 2015 New Zealand Derby.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ryan, Dennis (28 February 2015). "Pride Of Mongolia too strong in New Zealand Derby". The Informant. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. ^ "The Informant".