South Australian Derby

South Australian Derby

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Morphettville Racecourse
Prize Money: $502,250
Distance: 2500m

Open to three year olds and raced under set weight conditions the South Australian Derby has a purse of just over half a million dollars.

Often the horses with the best breeding will head the market for the South Australian Derby, because it is hard to get a solid gauge on three-year-old’s form.

Some great horses from both South Australia and the rest of Australia and New Zealand contest the South Australian Derby.

Some of the biggest names to have won the South Australian Derby include Rebel Raider (2009), Mummify (2003), Sub Zero (1992), Bullwinkle (1994) and Our Pompeii (1993).

2021 South Australian Derby betting odds

Explosive Jack
(outer) heads a New Zealand-bred trifecta as he defeats Young Werther (inner) and Lion’s Roar (obscured, middle) in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m). Photo Credit: Bradleyphotos.com.au

Following his strong win in the Australian Derby, Jack will be looking to make it back-to-back Group 1 victories when he lines up in the South Australian Derby as a $4.00 favourite in all-in markets.

On his heels are the Victorian trio of Liquero, Personal and Deepstrike who will be looking to bring their strong form to Morphettville in a big to capture Group 1 glory.

Best bookmakers for the SA Derby

The South Australian Derby is a massive race on the Australian racing calendar, with many great horses competing for the prize every year.

This means there is some heavy betting action on it, with all Aussie bookies boasting futures markets on it. This means it is well worth your while to check your horse’s odds at a few different bookies.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

Betting on the South Australian Derby

The strongest form race to follow coming into the South Australian Derby is the Listed Chairman Stakes that is held at Morphettville the fortnight prior over 2000m.

The 2020 winner Russian Camelot was a unique circumstance where he won a BM64 at his previous start prior to claiming Group 1 glory in the SA Derby.

Only three fillies have won the race since 2000; Zarita (2008), Delicacy (2015) & Qafila (2019).

Favourites have been quite successful in the SA Derby. Since 2009 six favourites have managed to go on to claim the South Australia Derby, with the average winning price being $7.20 over that timeframe.

2020 South Australian Derby result


1stRussian Camelot ($3.00)
2nd ($1.40)
3rdWarning ($1.45)

Recent runnings of the SA Derby

  • Russian Camelot had gone from a BM64 ona Thursday night at Pakenham to competing in a Group 1 with a matter of weeks. The Russian did more than compete in the SA Derby, he put his rivals to the sword after entering the home straight well back in the field. He charged down the centre of the track to defeat likes of Dalasan and the VRC Derby winner from the spring Warning in dominant fashion. Russian Camelot’s South Australian win came at on his fifth career start.
  • Having sat up on speed throughout the race, the Dabernig & Hayes-trained Qafila had plenty left in the tank when going for home prior to the home turn. Having kicked at the 300m mark, the Not A Single Doubt filly stormed clear to beat a handy field including the likes of and Mr Quickie with relative ease in the end. The win in the SA Derby was Qafila lone Group 1 victory.
  • In his maiden Group 1 performance, Darren Weir-trained Leicester delivered a win for the punters. Camped just off the speed by Damien Lane, Leicester looked like he was struggling at the 300m but under a strong ride the gelding hit the front and won by just under a length and a half. The three-year-old won ahead of double figure outsiders Rezealient and Runaway.
  • Darren Weir and John Allen made it back-to-back South Australian Derby wins with Volatile Mix. The three-year-old was strong to the line and it defeated a quality type in Ruthven. The $16 chance wasn’t picked up by punters, but it scored the biggest victory of its short career. Read the report here.
  • The son of Redoute’s Choice Howard Be Thy Name was too strong for the in-from Darren Weir stable. Ridden by Irish jockey John Allen, who recorded his first elite level win in Australia, Howard Be Thy Name added the group 1 race to his wins in the Guineas and the Chairman’s Stakes. With Tarquin and Etymology out of the gates well, Howard Be Thy Name sat just off the pace and timed a run on the straight perfect to hit the lead at the 200m mark. Howard Be Thy Name ($5) beat home Etymology ($16) and Cool Chap ($7).
  • Delicacy, a mare based out of , defeated 15 colts and geldings to win the SA Derby. Trained by Al Maher, Delicacy hit the front with about 100m to go, her withering burst proving too much for second-placed Werther, which was to go on and become a superstar in Hong Kong. Allergic battled on to take third. The final time for the victory was 2 min 37.91 sec.
  • Richard Jolly-trained Kushadasi, paying $4.60, won his hometown Derby in a thrilling finish. Steve Arnold expertly guided Kushadasi down the centre of the track, with the finishing burst helping it beat home Scratchy Bottom ($5.50), the official margin being a nose. Anthony Cummings-trained Best Case ($12) was a half length away in third. It was a rare victory for a South Australian trainer in a group 1 race in Adelaide.
  • Victorian trainer Matt Laurie became a group 1 winner with Escado outstaying some likely types. The gelding was backed from $21 into $14 and Ben Melham knew he was on a good thing when he got a dream run on the inside. With second favourite Hvasstan ($5) spending too many tickets in the middle stages of its trip, it was down to favourite Shoreham ($4), Hioctdane ($5.50) and Escado. The gutsy ride down the inside proved the decisive factor, with Escado eventually winning by almost two lengths, from Hioctdane and Shoreham.
  • Race favourite Zabeelionaire beat home Sabrage and Westsouthwest. Ridden by Damien Oliver, Zabeelionaire sat midfield for the bulk of the trip with Oliver holding him back, before producing an inside run to win a fourth race from 11 starts for Leon Corstens.

South Australian Derby Past Winners

South Australian Derby Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Russian Camelot John Allen Danny O’Brien
2019 Qafila Cory Parish David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2018 Helene Leadingstar Damian Lane Darren Weir
2017 Volatile Mix John Allen Darren Weir
2016 Howard Be Thy Name John Allen Darren Weir
2015 Delicacy Peter Hall Grant Williams
2014 Kushadasi Richard & Chantelle Jolly
2013 Escado Ben Melham Matt Laurie
2012 Zabeelionaire Damien Oliver Leon Corstens
2011 Shadows In The Sun Ben Melham Anthony Cummings
2010 Kidnapped Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2009 Rebel Raider Claire Lindop Leon Macdonald
2008 Zarita Greg Childs Pat Hyland
2007 Lazer Sharp Brad Rawiller Jamie Edwards
2006 Testafiable Greg Childs Peter Moody
2005 Tails Of Triomphe Paul Gatt Terry & Karina O’Sullivan
2004 Hard To Get Mark Kavanagh
2003 Mummify Danny Nikolic Lee Freedman
2002 Pantani Danny Nikolic Robbie Laing
2001 Big Pat Peter Mertens Cliff Murray
2000 Blue Murder Matthew Gatt Clifford Brown

South Australian Derby Past Winners Pre 2000

South Australian Derby Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Showella
1998 Bulta
1997 Markham
1996 Cheviot
1995 Count Chivas
1994 Bullwinkle
1993 Our Pompeii
1992 Subzero
1991 Shiva’s Revenge
1990 Diego
1989 Sea Brigand
1988 Celtic Spirit
1987 Shark’s Fin
1986 French Cotton
1985 Sir Zephyr
1984 Mapperley Heights
1983 Race Not Held
1982 English Wonder
1981 Brewery Boy
1980 Tasman
1979 Top Ware
1978 Regal Jester
1977 Stormy Rex
1976 Vacuum
1975 Prince Of All
1974 Exalt’s Pride
1973 Sir Gerald
1972 Dayana
1971 Near Boy
1970 Clear Prince
1969 Paradigm
1968 Dale Lace
1967 Kembla
1966 Peculator
1965 Mission
1964 Ziema
1963
1962 Royal Ziet
1961 Gatum Gatum
1960 Royal Chat
1959 Crusty Bottle
1958 Stormy Passage
1957 Galloway
1956 Auteuil
1955 Ralkon
1954 Pandie Star
1953 Jovial Scot
1952 Winemaker
1951 Beau Cavalier
1950 Toastmaster
1949 Glenvue
1948 Idle Banter
1947 Basama
1946 Conservator
1945 Dauntless
1944 Bluenor
1943-42 Race Not Held
1941 Ladmond
1940 Waxwings
1939 Lusson
1938 Tempest
1937 Golden Hill
1936
1935 Beamish Boy
1934 Alinura
1933 Yultewirra
1932 Traverse
1931 Opera King
1930 Induna
1929 Hot Spring
1928 Mount Of Olives
1927 Marco Polo
1926 Pindenda
1925 Ethelton
1924 Wycherley
1923 King Of Mirth
1922 Burnished
1921 Leon
1920 Pogonatos
1919 Lord Setay
1918 Stagegirl
1917 Cosmos
1916 Nevka
1915 Perambulate
1914 Fidelio
1913 Kildalton
1912 Puringa
1911 Sanskrit
1910 Sergius
1909 The Greek
1908 Tiercel
1907 Palotta
1906 Kismet II
1905 Torah
1904 Ganymedes
1903 F.J.A.
1902 Rienzi
1901 Ritualist
1900 Miltiades
1899 Gunga Din
1898 Hainault
1897 Goodwill
1896 Thunder Queen
1895 Auraria
1894 Monastery
1893 Salient
1892 Vakeel
1891 Lady Rose
1890 Cheddar
1989-85 Race Not Held
1884 Gratitude
1883 Dirk Hatteraick
1882 Guesswork
1881 Topaz
1880 The Assyrian
1879 Pawnbroker
1878 Viceroy
1877 Irish Queen
1876 Pride Of The Hills
1875-69 Race Not Held
1868 Centurion
1867 Regalia
1866 Crusader
1865 Tim Whiffler
1864 Queen Of Barossa/Lubra
1863 Lord Of Isles
1862 Riddle
1861 Typo
1860 Midnight

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