3 G (Roc de Cambes - Explosive Dancer by San Luis)
Run over 2400m on March 03, 2018 at Ellerslie
Prizemoney: $964,000
Trainer: M Baker & A Forsman
Jockey: J L Waddell
Time: 02:28.4
Track Conditions: Good(3)
Race Club: ARC
Winners Details
Sale: 2016 Ready To Run sale
Vendor: Ohukia Lodge
Breeder: Explosive Breeding Ltd, Central, NZ
Buyer: Phil Cataldo Bloodstock
Purchase Price: $70,000
Sales Co: NZB
Then came: Mongolianconqueror, Danzdanzdance, The Lord Mayor, Endowment, Mission Hill, Civil Disobedience, On the Rocks, Time Lord, Irish Flame, Joe's Legacy, Humble Pie, Bel Ragazzo, Jimmy Rocket, Secret Ambition, Maktoum, Tavlin, He's a Freak
J: J L Waddell
T: M Baker & A Forsman
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Roc De Cambes
D: Explosive Dancer
J: M J Mc Nab
T: S Autridge & J Richards
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Ocean Park
D: Queen Rania
J: M Cameron
T: D Logan & C Gibbs
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Mastercraftsman
D: Night Danza
J: R Hutchings
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Rock 'n' Pop
D: Soph

At Ellerslie in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's dual Japanese Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed stallion Roc De Cambes (Red Ransom-Fairy Lights, by Fairy King) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 3YO gelding Vin De Dance (Roc De Cambes-Explosive Dancer, by San Luis) scored by 0.1-length for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the NZ$1 million New Zealand Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, defeating the gelding Mongolianconqueror & the filly Danzdanzdance. Tipped in this column last Friday as having a huge chance to take the Derby, the OTI-Racing part-owned Vin de Dance charged home in a ding-dong battle with Mongolianconqueror, getting his head down when it mattered most.  "I rarely get emotional, but I've waited a long time to win this," OTI principal Terry Henderson," enthused to NZ Racing Desk. "I've come close a few times and I owe an enormous debt to this race and New Zealand-bred horses, it's really special.  "He'll go to Sydney (for the Autumn Carnival) as long as he pulls up well," revealed Henderson. Placed in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas at his most recent appearance, Vin de Dance now has the record of 2 wins & 4 placings from 9 starts for $594,960 earnings. He was a $70,000 2YO consigned by Ohukia Lodge at the 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.