South Australian Derby

South Australian Derby

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2025
Location: Morphettville Racecourse – Adelaide, South Australia
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 2500m

The South Australian Derby has got a $1 million prize pool with the next edition likely to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2025. South Australian Derby odds at online bookmakers will be released well in advance. The 2024 South Australian Derby winner was Coco Sun, ridden by Jamie Kah and trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy. Our South Australian Derby betting guide will run you through everything you need to know about the Morphettville group 1 event, including the latest South Australian Derby odds, how to bet, top betting sites and apps, past South Australian Derby winners, statistics and the final field.

South Australian Derby 2025

  • Class: Group 1
  • Track: Morphettville
  • 2024 winner: Coco Sun, Jamie Kah (jockey), Tony and Calvin McEvoy (Trainer)

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).

2025 South Australian Derby odds

The 2025 SA Derby odds will be released closer to the running.

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 online bookmakers boasting futures markets on it. This means it is well worth your while to check your horse’s odds at a few different bookies.

Horse betting sites generally accept win and place bets well in advance of races, with this extending to massive races like the South Australia Derby.

Features of the top SA Derby bookmakers include things like great betting apps, promotions and racing freebets and even things like free form guides.

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Latest South Australian Derby News

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South Australian Derby betting

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, seven favourites have managed to go on to claim the South Australia Derby, with the average winning price being $8.00 over that timeframe.

2025 South Australian Derby Final Field

Horsebetting will update this page when the 2025 South Australian Derby field is released.

Previous SA Derby Final Fields

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Antrim Coast Stephen Marsh Michael Dee 6 56.5kg
    2 Silks Sunsets Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jacob Opperman 3 56.5kg
    3 Silks Air Assault Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 13 56.5kg
    4 Silks Bold Soul Patrick Payne Jake Noonan 12 56.5kg
    5 Silks Gold Wolf David & Coral Feek Neil Farley 1 56.5kg
    6 Silks Glad You Think So John Sargent Blake Shinn 15 56.5kg
    7 Silks Warmonger Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Lane 14 56.5kg
    8 Silks Outovstock Chad Ormsby Opie Bosson 18 56.5kg
    9 Silks A Samurai Mind Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Lachlan Neindorf 5 56.5kg
    10 Silks Shinjuku Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Todd Pannell 17 56.5kg
    11 Silks Just Berrilliant Ricky Maund Jeffrey Maund 7 56.5kg
    12 Silks Tulsa King Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr Jake Toeroek 17 56.5kg
    13 Silks Steel Blaze Brett Lazzarini Dom Tourneur 8 56.5kg
    14 Silks Warialda Warrior John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 16 56.5kg
    15 Silks Coco Sun Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 10 54.5kg
    16 Silks Ahuriri Chris Waller Craig Williams 11 54.5kg
    17 Silks Zakouma (1E) Pat Carey & Harris Walker TBC 4 56.5kg
    18 Silks Maputo (2E) Pat Carey & Harris Walker Rhys McLeod 19 56.5kg
    19 Silks Just Explosive (3E) Simon Zahra TBC 9 56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Suizuro Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Opie Bosson 20 56.5kg
    2 Silks Aberfeldie Boy Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Craig Newitt 16 56.5kg
    3 Silks Dunkel Patrick Payne Billy Egan 8 56.5kg
    4 Silks High Approach Dan O’Sullivan John Allen 5 56.5kg
    5 Silks Red Sun Sensation Peter Moody Brian Higgins 10 56.5kg
    6 Silks Bengal Boy Matt Cumani Declan Bates 7 56.5kg
    7 Silks Loco Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 15 56.5kg
    8 Silks Gottabesavvy Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Todd Pannell 18 56.5kg
    9 Silks Promises Kept Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 9 56.5kg
    10 Silks Ain’t He Grand Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 17 56.5kg
    11 Silks Dunwoody Matt Cumani Jarrod Fry 4 56.5kg
    12 Silks Captain Pluto Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 1 56.5kg
    13 Silks Northern Barrage Michael Kent TBC 6 56.5kg
    14 Silks Reservoir Dog Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jake Toeroek 14 56.5kg
    15 Silks Prince Tikea Travis Doudle Dom Tourneur 3 56.5kg
    16 Silks She’s Fit Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 11 54.5kg
    17 Silks Xtrarevz (1E) John Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 13 56.5kg
    18 Silks Nightsun (2E) Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock TBC 12 56.5kg
    19 Silks Impending Link (3E) Greg Eurell TBC 2 56.5kg
    20 Silks Samuel Langhorne (4E) Michael Kent TBC 19 56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Alegron James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 56.5kg
    2 Teewaters Archie Alexander Declan Bates 1 56.5kg
    3 Jungle Magnate Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Mark Zahra 12 56.5kg
    4 Commander Harry Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8 56.5kg
    5 Harleymoven Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ryan Hurdle 11 56.5kg
    6 Detonator Jack Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 56.5kg
    7 The Nephew Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 56.5kg
    8 Son Of Emperor Mick Price & Michael Jnr Jason Holder 19 56.5kg
    9 Saint Tropez Lloyd Kennewell Beau Mertens 17 56.5kg
    10 Water Into Wine Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7 56.5kg
    11 Yaphet Cliff Brown Ben Allen 13 56.5kg
    12 King Of Pharaohs Roslyn Day Callan Murray 16 56.5kg
    13 Claidheamh Mor Gemma Riley Joe Bowditch 18 56.5kg
    14 Sebastian The Fox Shay Keating Jake Noonan 20 56.5kg
    15 Phere The Ex Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 6 56.5kg
    16 Lady Chant Brock Lewthwaite Kayla Crowther 5 54.5kg
    17 Texas Tea (1E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown 10 56.5kg
    18 Turfie (2E) Patrick Keane TBC 9 56.5kg
    19 Bring The Stars (3E) Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock TBC 14 56.5kg
    20 Six Foot Song (4E) John Macmillan TBC 2 56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Explosive Jack Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 10 56.5kg
    2 Royal Mile Lee Creek Jacob Opperman 2 56.5kg
    3 Liqueuro Cindy Alderson Luke Currie 6 56.5kg
    4 Let’s Karaka Deel Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 15 56.5kg
    5 Azaly Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 8 56.5kg
    6 Deepstrike Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Damian Lane 9 56.5kg
    7 Miletus Jamie Edwards Jamie Mott 5 56.5kg
    8 Montepulciano Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 1 56.5kg
    9 Nobel Heights Matt Cumani Will Price 4 56.5kg
    10 Abreed Andrew Noblet Jason Holder 12 56.5kg
    11 Solar Apex Chris Waller Michael Walker 7 56.5kg
    12 Suppression Chris Waller Todd Pannell 13 56.5kg
    13 Token Spirit Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Barend Vorster 11 56.5kg
    14 Ichibansan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Caitlin Jones 14 56.5kg
    15 Personal Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 16 54.5kg
    16 Shebringzit Mick Huxtable Karl Zechner 3 54.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Dalasan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 9 56.5kg
    2 Warning Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 3 56.5kg
    3 Themoonlitegambler John McArdle Dean Holland 1 56.5kg
    4 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien John Allen 7 56.5kg
    5 Miyake Chris Waller Todd Pannell 14 56.5kg
    6 Saint Eustace Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Zac Spain 6 56.5kg
    7 Rising Archie Paul Preusker Ethan Brown 12 56.5kg
    8 Rock Steady Phillip Stokes Dylan Caboche 13 56.5kg
    9 St Arnicca Paul Preusker Caitlin Jones 5 56.5kg
    10 Exalted Ambition Grant Young Ryan Hurdle 8 56.5kg
    11 Sowpods Gordon Richards Shayne Cahill 4 56.5kg
    12 Moonlight Maid Mitchell Freedman Jake Toeroek 10 54.5kg
    13 Silent Sovereign Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 11 54.5kg
    14 Zayydani David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dom Tourneur 2 54.5kg

2024 South Australian Derby result

1stCoco Sun ($5.50)
2ndWarmonger ($2.30)
3rdAir Assault ($7.00)

Recent runnings of the SA Derby

  • Top hoop Jamie Kah finally get her hometown group 1 success she craved when Coco Sun saluted in the 2024 South Australian Derby. The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Coco Sun was coming off a third in the Australasian Oaks just as week earlier, but the $5 shot got the perfect run on the heels of Air Assault, before kicking clear on the home straight. Warmonger ($6.50) and Air Assault ($34) battled on for the minor placings, but this win was all about Kah and the daughter of Autumn Sun. The victory takes Coco Sun’s record to five wins and a third from 11 starts with prize money of $836,060.
  • Dunkel produced a sublime effort from back in the field to take out the 2023 edition of the Group 1 South Australian Derby. Jockey Billy Egan saved all the ground diving up the inside aboard the Patrick Payne-trained gelding to nail Promises Kept on the winning post. As the race went on with 400m to go, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace training duo were going to pick up yet another Group 1 prize for the winter, as Promises Kept booted clear. But a patient steer by Billy Egan spoiled the party and secured his maiden Group 1 success in the process.
  • Mick Price wasn’t too keen on Jungle Magnate’s chances heading into the 2022 SA Derby, but following a Group 1 steer from Mark Zahra, Jungle Magnate was simply too good for his rivals. Having settled towards the rear of the field, Zahra had his mount moving 600m out from home on the back of a genuine tempo. Once Jungle Magnate cornered, he looked to have the race shot to pieces and never really looked like getting beaten. Race favourite Alegron was a horrible watch for favourite backers, who managed to find more traffic than in Sydney peak hour.
  • Explosive Jack made headlines on Saturday when he added the Group 1 South Australian Derby to a trophy cabinet that already includes the Tasmanian Derby and the ATC Australian Derby. John Allen claimed his fourth SA Derby over the past six years when pairing up with the $4 pre-race favourite, who saluted despite sitting three wide the trip. The winner represented half of a Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained quinella, with Let’s Karaka Deel trailing in his stablemate by 2.5 lengths.
  • 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
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2024 Coco Sun Jamie Kah Tony and Calvin McEvoy
2023 Dunkel Billy Egan Billy Egan
2022 Jungle Magnate Mark Zahra Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
2021 Explosive Jack John Allen Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
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
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 Hunting Horn
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 Brave Lad
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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