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 14 May 2016
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 2016
See below for early betting markets on this years South Australian Derby.‘Odds not currently available’
South Australian Derby Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 16 plus an emergency for the $500,000 Ubet South Australian Derby. The early favourite is the lightly-raced Charlevoix, who won the Galilee Series Final over 2400m by 2.25 lengths last outing and is still on the improve having won 2 of his 4 starts. On the second line of betting are Howard Be Thy Name who won the Chairman’s Stakes over 2020m at this track last outing and seems to get better the further he goes, and Cool Chap following his 2.25 length win in the VRC Leger.
Tarquin has won 2 of his last 3 races in Victoria and looks as if he will handle the distance. Arcadia Dream is a smart filly from WA that was 2nd in the WA Oaks and winner of the WATC Derby before running 5th in the Schweppes Oaks at this track last week. Sacred Eye ran 4th in that race and is also a chance. Etymology put in a solid performance when 2nd in the VRC St Leger. Royal Rumble goes well at his track and was 2nd in the Chairman’s Stakes last outing. All other runners are currently over 30 to 1.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Howard Be Thy Name||6 Charlevoix||6 Charlevoix|
|6 Charlevoix||5 Cool Chap||1 Howard Be Thy Name|
|14 Arcadia Dream||1 Howard Be Thy Name||5 Cool Chap|
|5 Cool Chap||3 Tarquin||2 Royal Rumble|
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|