Palmerbet Racing Team is saddling up for Day One of The Championships, and here’s the big Group 1 3YO race, the ATC Derby. Here’s our runner by runner preview – keep reading to see our tips!

1. ACE HIGH (2)  55111×5546

T: David Payne / J: Tye Angland

Super impressive in the spring winning the Gr 1 VRC Derby over 2500m in dominant fashion. Is very fit, form is Ok and is going to be in the box seat all the way from this glorious gate. Big show.

2. VIN DE DANCE (4) 2235×46314

T: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman / J: Jason Waddell

Outstanding stayer in the making. Won the Gr 1 NZ Derby then first start here was 2nd across the line before being relegated to 4th in Gr 1 Rosehill Guineas. Better for the run, acclimatized well now and looms as a major player.

3. TANGLED (10) x94220x602

T: Chris Waller / J: Michael Walker

Put up the best run in the Gr 1 Rosehill Guineas over 2000m when he came from last to be placed 2nd. Now has a couple of Gr 1 placings to his credit and looks to be mature enough to handle this trip.

4. MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (6)  921×132728

T: Stephen Autridge &Jamie Richards/ J: Opie Bosson

Looks one of the toughest to beat in this. Was beaten a nostril in the Gr 1 NZ Derby then sat wide and ground home solidly on Aussie debut when closing and close up 8th in Rosehill Guineas. Better suited this trip.

5.  CAPITAL GAIN (14) 2251×60090

T: Paul Butterworth/ J: Ben Melham

Plugged home fairly when in a clump of horses as they hit the line in the Rosehill Guineas. The run suggested this trip will suit but others rate better.

6. LEVENDI (3) x1661x5021

T: Peter Gelagotis / J: Mark Zahra

This is an interesting galloper. He was given a gem of a ride last start and duly out-gunned the smart Astoria in the Gr 2 Tulloch stakes over 2000m. Has always been able to mix it with the best of his age. Trip is a worry but his class isn’t.

7. ASTORIA (5)  15533×3242

T: James Cummings/ J: Glyn Schofield

Strong, exciting stayer. Sat up on pace in solidly run Tulloch Stakes and was beaten in last few yards by Levendi. That will top him off nicely for this. Back in the spring, did run a cracking 3rd to Ace High in the Gr 1 VRC Derby. Big show.

8. FURORE  (8) 11113

T: Kris Lees / J: Brenton Avdulla

This bloke could be anything. Was stood on his head a couple of times when making a winning charge down the running in the Rosehill Guineas when being awarded 3rd spot, but the reality was, he should have won the race running away. Could quite easily, make a mess of these.

9. SALSAMOR (19) 2x2273x294

T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young/ J: Zac Purton

Is the dark horse and could be the blow out runner. Took a road less travelled by his rivals in the Group 2 Sky High Stakes against the older horses as his lead up to this, and came home very quickly for 4th. Everything about the run said this trip would suit. Put him in your numbers.

10.WEATHER WITH YOU  (1) x2471x553 

T: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman/ J: Jason Collett

If last start is any indication, he’ll go forward and make it a true staying test, which should suit the other Kiwis. But he should wilt final stages. Mind you, if left alone in front he might surprise a few by keeping on keeping on.

11. THE LORD MAYOR (18) 141640

T: Chris Waller/ J: Corey Brown

Ran a nice 4th in the Gr 1 NZ Derby then first Aussie run was well beaten in the Rosehill Guineas. May not be up to these.

12. MISSION HILL (9)  211×11567

T: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman/ J: Damian Lane

Ran like this trip would suit when solid closing 7th in the Rosehill Guineas. Didn’t have much luck early. Run will attract attention for this.

13. ENDOWMENT 16)  1324850

T: Chris Gibbs/ J: Damien Oliver 

Was showing staying talent back in New Zealand when 5th in the Gr 1 NZ Derby but was thrashed on Aussie debut in the Rosehill Guineas. No.

14. BELFAST (17) 112435

T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young / J: Kerrin McEvoy

This bloke looks like he will eat this journey and appreciate it more than most. He’s still very green and weaved through runners for 5th in the Tulloch Stakes last week. That doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of how good the run was. He was 15 lengths behind the lead at the 800m and was beaten 2.2 lengths on the line. Respect a great deal.

15. MONGOLIAN MARSHALL (20)  3742114

T: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman/ J: Craig Williams

Had the gun run and just plodded home final 300m when 4th in the Tulloch behind Levendi. He beat Belfast home by a nostril. Can’t see him being in the finish here from this alley.

16. MAIN STAGE (12) 212135×400

T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young/ J: Blake Shinn

Has heaps of talent but hasn’t come up at all this campaign. Finished many lengths of the smart ones in past two lead up runs.

17. CONDOR (15)  3235×21280

T: Paul Perry/ J: Craig Newitt

Has talent and is an on pace runner who will go forward here as he did last start in the Rosehill Guineas before folding up and finishing well back. This is too far.

18. PISSARO (13)  1644×04950

T: Robbie Laing/ J: Sam Clipperton 

Aiming too high here. Wouldn’t win this with a head start.

19E. YURALLA BOY (7) x97345319

T: Todd Howlett/ J: ?

Is fast early and strong late – but at this level that may not be the case. Did go quickly in the Tulloch Stakes last week before weakening final 100m for 9th to Levendi. Not keen.

20E. LOVE WAVES (11)  2210

T: Anthony and Ed Cummings/ J: ?

Has definite staying talent which he showed when he won his first race at Gosford but this grade has his measure.

Tip: 1. FURORE, 2. Vin de Dance, 3. Belfast, 4. Ace High