2018 New Zealand Derby

The 2018 New Zealand Derby was a horse race which took place at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 3 March 2018. It was the 143rd running of the New Zealand Derby, and it was won by Vin De Dance.[1]

Vin De Dance was offered at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale as a two-year-old, but was passed in. A sale was later negotiated for $70,000, with breeder Luigi Muollo retaining a share alongside new owners OTI Racing and the Kilted Taniwha Syndicate.[2]

The son of Roc de Cambes was sent to the Cambridge stable of Hall of Famer Murray Baker and his training partner Andrew Forsman. The team has won multiple New Zealand training premierships, and guided Mongolian Khan to victory in the 2015 New Zealand Derby.

Vin De Dance made a winning debut at Pukekohe in early September, then was placed in two subsequent appearances at Te Rapa. He was sent to Melbourne, where he finished third at Flemington and fifth in the Moonee Valley Vase.

Withdrawn from the Victoria Derby and given several months off to strengthen and develop, Vin De Dance returned with fourth and sixth placings over 1400 and 1600 metres in late January and early February. He moved into Derby contention with a fighting third in the Avondale Guineas.

The fifth favourite for the Derby at $9.90,[3] Vin De Dance was handy throughout the 2400-metre race and loomed as a major threat around the home turn. He hit the lead inside the last 200 metres, but was joined by Mongolianconqueror in a desperate two-horse battle to the finish that Vin De Dance won by a nose.[1]

OTI Racing's Terry Henderson described the New Zealand Derby win as the fulfilment of a long-held dream.[4]

It was the first Derby win for jockey Jason Waddell.

Mongolianconqueror's trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards came up a mere nose short of winning the Derby two years in a row, having won the 2017 running with Gingernuts.

Race detailsEdit

  • Sponsor: Vodafone New Zealand
  • Prize money: NZ$1,000,000
  • Track: Good
  • Number of runners: 18
  • Winner's time: 2:28.44

Full resultEdit

Margin Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Vin De Dance Jason Waddell Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $9.90
2 Nose Mongolianconqueror Michael McNab Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards (horse trainer) $16.00
3 Danzdanzdance Matt Cameron Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs $3.50
4 Nose The Mayor Rory Hutchings Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott $23.50
5 Short neck Endowment Alysha Collett Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs $52.70
6 Mission Hill Danielle Johnson Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $6.40
7 ½ Civil Disobedience Ben Allen Darren Weir $5.30
8 ½ On The Rocks Jake Bayliss Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard $6.40
9 ½ Time Lord Samantha Collett Richard Collett $29.20
10 Long neck Irish Flame Jonathan Riddell John Wheeler $107.80
11 Joe's Legacy Leith Innes Jason Price $41.40
12 ½ Humble Pie Rosie Myers Adrian & Harry Bull $63.40
13 1 Bel Ragazzo Shaun McKay Shane Crawford $76.50
14 Jimmy Rocket Michael Coleman Roger James $81.40
15 Secret Ambition Johnathan Parkes Bruce Wallace & Allan Peard $128.50
16 Nose Maktoum Mark Du Plessis Stephen McKee $98.10
17 ½ Tavlin Sam Spratt Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs $81.60
18 ½ He's A Freak Masa Tanaka Lisa Latta $27.50

Winner's detailsEdit

Further details of the winner, Vin De Dance:

  • Foaled: 13 September 2014
  • Sire: Roc de Cambes; Dam: Explosive Dancer (San Luis)
  • Owner: OTI Racing (Mgr: T Henderson), L Muollo & Kilted Taniwha Syndicate
  • Trainer: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
  • Breeder: Explosive Breeding Ltd (L Muollo)
  • Starts: 9
  • Wins: 2
  • Seconds: 2
  • Thirds: 2
  • Earnings: $639,969

The road to the DerbyEdit

Early-season appearances in 2017-18 prior to running in the Derby.

  • Vin De Dance5th Moonee Valley Vase, 3rd Avondale Guineas
  • Mongolianconqueror2nd Waikato Guineas, 7th Avondale Guineas
  • Danzdanzdance6th Karaka Million 3YO Classic, 2nd Avondale Guineas
  • The Mayor6th Avondale Guineas
  • Endowment2nd Auckland Guineas, 8th Avondale Guineas
  • Mission Hill5th Avondale Guineas
  • Civil Disobedience1st Tasmanian Derby
  • On The Rocks1st Trevor Eagle Memorial, 3rd Auckland Guineas, 8th Karaka Million 3YO Classic, 1st Avondale Guineas
  • Time Lord3rd Waikato Guineas
  • Irish Flame3rd El Roca Trophy, 7th Hawke's Bay Guineas, 8th Sarten Memorial, 7th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 13th Avondale Guineas
  • Jimmy Rocket12th Waikato Guineas
  • Secret Ambition10th Trevor Eagle Memorial, 3rd Auckland Salver, 17th Karaka Million 3YO Classic, 14th Avondale Guineas
  • Maktoum7th Levin Classic, 5th Waikato Guineas
  • Tavlin11th Waikato Guineas

Subsequent Group 1 winsEdit

Subsequent wins at Group 1 level by runners in the 2018 New Zealand Derby.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Derby dream realised as Vin De Dance gets up in head-bobber". The Informant. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "Cambridge agent's success no secret". Racing News | Cambridge agent’s success no secret. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "Race 9: Vodafone NZ Derby / RaceInfo / NZRacing". www.nzracing.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "OTI Achieves Derby Dream | TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions". www.thoroughbreddailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.