Tasmanian Derby Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Tasmanian Derby which is to be run at Hobart on Friday 5th, February 2016 at 5:44PM. View the Tasmanian Derby Field.


1JERILDERIE LETTERAdam TrinderAnthony Darmanin257kg
2SIORCABarry CampbellBrendon McCoull157kg
3AL SHAMEEL (NZ)Patrick PayneSteven Arnold757kg
4HOWARD BE THY NAMEDarren WeirBrad Rawiller657kg
5SPIRITED CHARACTERRobert SmerdonStephen Baster357kg
6INFINITE REIGN (NZ)Robert SmerdonMark Zahra457kg
7TROUBLE BOUNDJohn McArdleDaniel Moor857kg
8SPECIAL SHOTJohn BlackerDamien Thornton557kg


Royal Descent, a mainstay of trainer Chris Waller’s formidable team of Group One stars, has been retired.

The winner of five races and more than $2.7 million in prize money, Royal Descent suffered a minor tendon injury while being prepared for the Sydney autumn carnival.

“A decision was made to retire her immediately as opposed to giving her a spell and preparing her for a campaign in the spring,” Waller said.

Owner Gerry Harvey will send the ATC Australian Oaks winner to New Zealand to be mated with emerging sire Swiss Ace.

Royal Descent posted one of Australian racing’s most emphatic Group One wins when she claimed the 2013 Oaks at Randwick by 10 lengths from Dear Demi, the VRC Oaks winner raced by Harvey’s close friend John Singleton.

It was the first of her 18 Group One starts and she was placed another eight times at racing’s top level, including narrow defeats in the Doncaster Mile and Epsom Handicap.

She bows out of racing after finishing down the course in the Myer Stakes during a spring carnival in which she won the Warwick Stakes and was narrowly beaten by stablemate Preferment in the Group One Turnbull Stakes.

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