A Closer Look – Fillies in the Qld Derby

Peter Moody chasing another Qld Oaks with a filly

Fillies in the Queensland Derby.
Fillies in the Queensland Derby.

Peter Moody appears to have a good handle on what type of filly it takes to win a Queensland Derby.

The master trainer has won the 2400-metre Group 1 twice, one of which came via Riva San in 2008.

She is the only filly Moody has started in the Queensland Derby, which will be run at Eagle Farm this Saturday.

The Pakenham trainer, who now prepares his team in partnership with Katherine Coleman, will have his second runner this weekend, when Autumn Angel chases a second Classic crown after winning the ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 13.

The daughter of The Autumn Sun is one of two girls taking on the boys, accompanied by the Andrew Forsman-trained Moonlight Magic, who will be having her first Australian start.

Twenty fillies have won the Queensland Derby since its inception in 1868, nine of them since it moved to the Winter Carnival in 1973 but Dariana – the most recent filly to win, in 2010 – is the only other since the turn of the millennium.

Riva San and Dariana are among 42 fillies to have run in the Derby since 2000.

Four of them – Tempest Morn (2001), Galroof (2002), Shez Sinsational (2011) and Quintessential (2012) – ran second, while another seven finished third.

Galroof and one of those third placegetters, Vitesse Dane (2005), started outright favourite, at $3 and $5.50 respectively, while another two – The Jewel and Giovana – both started $4.50 equal favourite.

All up, 23 of those 42 fillies started at single-figure odds, which is the part of the market the Queensland Derby winner generally winner comes from.

Princess Gracious, who won at 20/1 in 1987, is the only winner greater than $14 since 1980 with only four winners since 1995 having gone around double-figure odds.

Twenty of those past 28 winners have started $6 or shorter with last year's winner Kovalica ($1.70), who was the shortest-priced winner since 1986, made it four wins in the past six years for the favourite.

Autumn Angel headed betting at $2.60 on Thursday morning, an SP that would make her the shortest-priced filly this century, while Tannhauser and Warmonger are the only others at a single-figure quote.