2016 New Zealand Derby

The 2016 New Zealand Derby was a horse race , which took place at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 5 March 2016. It was the 141st running of the New Zealand Derby, and it was won by Rangipo.[1]

In what was widely considered to be an unusually even Derby field,[2] Rangipo brought strong form into the race with wins in the Great Northern Guineas, Waikato Guineas and Avondale Guineas. Being a son of speedy Australian stallion Stryker, the main question mark hanging over his credentials was his stamina for the 2400-metre test.

But after sitting midfield behind a solid early pace, Rangipo moved into contention in the home straight and held on strongly to beat the fast-finishing What's The Story by a short head. The winner's stablemate Raghu was third, ahead of fillies Capella and Valley Girl who came with big late finishes from well back in the field.

It was the first New Zealand Derby win for trainer Tony Pike and a sixth for jockey Vinnie Colgan.

Race detailsEdit

  • Sponsor: BMW
  • Prize money: NZ$750,000
  • Track: Dead
  • Number of runners: 18
  • Winner's time: 2:28.89

Full resultEdit

Margin Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Rangipo Vinnie Colgan Tony Pike $4.80
2 Short head What's The Story Sam Spratt Stephen McKee & Eddie Chippendale $13.70
3 Head Raghu Michael Walker Tony Pike $10.40
4 Short neck Capella Leith Innes Danica Guy $9.50
5 Short head Valley Girl Danielle Johnson Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs $5.60
6 Tavago Noel Callow Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young $21.60
7 1 Predator Jonathan Riddell Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young $36.20
8 ½ Get That Jive Opie Bosson Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $6.80
9 Nose The Hassler Michael Coleman Roger James $16.20
10 ½ Brighton Lee Tiley Nigel Tiley $11.70
11 3 Humidor Mark Du Plessis Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard $21.10
12 Piece Of Kate Shaun McKay Gavin Sharrock $128.40
13 Nose Splendido Grant Cooksley Bruce Wallace $39.50
14 Thunder Down Under Johnathan Parkes Stephen Ralph $62.80
15 En Suite Rosie Myers Kevin Myers $77.30
16 10 Prodigal Son Trudy Thornton Graeme & Debbie Rogerson $130.80
17 4 Gobstopper Craig Grylls Andrew Campbell $82.00
18 7 Son Of Maher Chris Johnson Michael & Matthew Pitman $31.60

Winner's detailsEdit

Further details of the winner, Rangipo:

  • Foaled: 10 August 2012 in Australia
  • Sire: Stryker; Dam: Holloway (by Zabeel)
  • Owner: John & Margaret Thompson
  • Trainer: Tony Pike
  • Breeder: John Thompson
  • Starts: 12
  • Wins: 7
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Earnings: $684,570

The road to the DerbyEdit

Early-season appearances in 2015-16 prior to running in the Derby.

  • Rangipo - 1st Great Northern Guineas, 1st Waikato Guineas, 1st Avondale Guineas, 3rd Levin Classic
  • What's The Story - 6th Trevor Eagle Memorial, 7th Great Northern Guineas
  • Raghu - 1st Karaka Mile, 2nd Waikato Guineas, 3rd Avondale Guineas
  • Capella - 1st Eight Carat Classic, 3rd Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic
  • Valley Girl - 1st Herbie Dyke Stakes, 3rd Eight Carat Classic, 5th Royal Stakes
  • Tavago - 1st Wellington Stakes, 3rd Karaka Mile, 13th Waikato Guineas
  • Predator - 7th Avondale Guineas
  • Get That Jive - 2nd Great Northern Guineas, 3rd Waikato Guineas, 3rd Avondale Guineas
  • The Hassler - 5th Avondale Guineas
  • Brighton - 2nd Avondale Guineas, 4th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 6th Karaka Mile, 8th Great Northern Guineas
  • Splendido - 2nd BMW Salver, 6th Zabeel Classic
  • Thunder Down Under - 1st BMW Salver, 3rd Bonecrusher Stakes, 5th Karaka Mile, 7th Trevor Eagle Memorial, 9th Waikato Guineas, 10th Zabeel Classic, 11th Avondale Guineas
  • Son Of Maher - 1st Dunedin Guineas, 2nd Levin Classic, 6th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 9th Avondale Guineas

Subsequent Group 1 winsEdit

Subsequent wins at Group 1 level by runners in the 2016 New Zealand Derby.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dennis Ryan (2015-05-05). "Pike claims his Derby in Ellerslie thriller « Racing News « The Informant". Theinformant.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ "Pedigrees may be the decider among even Derby lot « Archive « Online Edition « The Informant". Theinformant.co.nz. 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-03-07.