The 2023 Australian Derby at Randwick Racecourse will be the 9th race on what promises to be an unforgettable day of racing at the prestigious Sydney racing venue. On any other Saturday, the Australian Derby would be the highlight of the meet, however not this time. The 1st of April meet at Randwick Racecourse boasts the T J Smith Stakes in Race 7, and the storied Doncaster Mile in Race 8. Strap yourself in racing fans!
As one of the oldest races on the New South Wales Group 1 circuit, the Australian Derby first raced in 1861! Since then, the Australian Derby has grown in reputation, stature, and of course prize money. Benefiting from the $30 million AUD pledged contribution by Racing New South Wales, the 2023 Australian Derby will offer its 18 competitors a shot at the main share of a huge $2 million prize pool.
Considered as perhaps the premier three-year-old race in Australia, the 2400m Australian Derby has a hidden prize for its victor. The winner of the 2023 Australian Derby will be exempt from ballot for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes which offers its runners a share of the $5 million AUD prize pot.
So, all you racing enthusiasts and casual Australian racing fans, keep your Saturday free on the 1st of April 2023 so that you do not miss out on the Australian Derby, the T J Smith Stakes, and the biggest of them all, the Doncaster Mile. If you have the opportunity, head on down to Randwick Racecourse in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney to view all three of these incredible races live… and in a row!
This preview to the 2023 Australian Derby looks at the prize money distribution, the field of runners competing to be champion of the Australian Derby, and my tips and analysis for three special runners. In addition to all of this, the 2023 Australian Derby preview will examine the history of the Australian Derby and its home turf, Randwick Racecourse. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this 2023 Australian Derby preview to view our comprehensive list of all victors of the Australian Derby and its over 160 year history!
I must also note that we have a dedicated New South Wales Group 1 thoroughbred racing expert who will release his tips for the meet at Randwick Racecourse on the 1st of April 2023 a couple of days before the jump. Check out our OnlyRacing Tips page to see if these tips for Randwick Racecourse are already up. Hopefully my tips, in connection with my colleagues’ will help you make more informed punting decision for the 2023 Australian Derby.