South Australian Derby
Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, May 8, 2021|
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.
2021 South Australian Derby betting odds
Following his strong win in the Australian Derby, Explosive 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.
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 Pakenham 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
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 Savvy Oak 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 Adelaide 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 Perth, 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|
|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||Steven Arnold||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||Joe Bowditch||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|
|1983||Race Not Held|
|1975||Prince Of All|
|1943-42||Race Not Held|
|1928||Mount Of Olives|
|1923||King Of Mirth|
|1989-85||Race Not Held|
|1876||Pride Of The Hills|
|1875-69||Race Not Held|
|1864||Queen Of Barossa/Lubra|
|1863||Lord Of Isles|