The South Australian Derby is a 2500 metre race for three-year-olds at set weights run by the South Australian Jockey Club. It is held at Morphettville in late April or May each year.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Set Weights
- Distance: 2,500 metres
- Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
- Date: Saturday 13 May 2017
The South Australian Derby is a year-older than the Melbourne Cup as it was first run in 1860. That year it was won by Midnight over 12 furlongs. Midnight was by a sire called South Australian who produced other winners of the SA Derby with Tim Whiffler in 1865 and Regalia in 1867.
Like many older races it has undergone changes in distance over the years and there were several years when the race was not held. Over the years it has changed distances several times between 2400 and 2500 metres and in 1980 was run over 2600 metres. The last 2400 metre running was in 2000 and since 2001 it has remained at 2500 metres. It has been a Group 1 race since 1979.
Under set weights the colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and the fillies carry 54.5kg. It is the leading three-year-old race in Adelaide and the major lead-up races are the Chairman’s Stakes (previously called the Veuve Cliquot Stakes) over 2025 metres and the VRC St Leger over 2800 metres.
South Australian Derby Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets on this years South Australian Derby.‘Odds not currently available’
South Australian Derby Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 plus 4 emergencies for the $600,000 Ubet South Australian Derby. The early favourite is Odeon, who pulled away to win by 1.25 lengths over 2000m at Caulfield last outing and looks as if he will go better over further. Second favourite is Netherfield who ran 4th in the Chairman’s Stakes over 2030m at this track last outing after being held up and untested in the final stages. Third favourite is Ruthven following his 4th in the Australian Derby on a heavy track at Randwick, then 2nd over 2000m at Caulfield where he lost a plate.
Volatile Mix came from almost last to finish joint 4th in the Chairman’s Stakes. Rockstar Rebel has improved as they have put him over more distance, but may not get a start as he is first emergency. Anaheim is bred for this distance range and should improve on his last start 6th over 2000m at Caulfield. Waging War has won 3 in a row, with the latest a 0.7 length win in the Chairman’s Stakes and it would be no surprise to see him in the finish. Grand Chancellor was 2nd in that race after winning the Port Adelaide Guineas over 1800m. All other runners are currently over 16 to 1, including the 3 fillies and Dornier who won the VRC St Leger.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|5 Odeon||13 Netherfield||5 Odeon|
|1 Ruthven||5 Odeon||12 Volatile Mix|
|6 Dornier||2 Waging War||3 Grand Chancellor|
|12 Volatile Mix||3 Grand Chancellor||13 Netherfield|
Previous winners of the South Australian Derby:
Long shots have won this race in the past including Blue Murder (25 to 1), Pantani (30 to 1), Bulta (50 to 1) and Cheviot (60 to 1). South Australian Derby winners need to be tough stayers and several winners have gone on to win major staying races like the Adelaide Cup, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. So far no SA Derby winner has won a Cox Plate.
|2016||Howard Be Thy Name||Etymology||Cool Chap|
|2014||Kushadasi||Scratchy Bottom||Best Case|
|2011||Shadows In The Sun||Echoes Of Heaven||Lalla Rookh|
|2009||Rebel Raider||Astro Gains||Fitoussi|
|2007||Lazer Sharp||Classic De Lago||Red Lord|
|2005||Tails of Triumphe||Douro Valley||Kamsky|
|2004||Hard To Get||On A Jeune||Better Jetsetter|
|2003||Mummify||Vicksburg||Lord Woburn (NZ)|
|2002||Pantani (NZ)||Silver Baron||Lester Thunderwing|
|2001||Big Pat||Bush Padre||Adolescence|
|2000||Blue Murder||Mr Nelson||Voile D’Or|