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 12 May 2018
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 2018
See below for early betting markets on this years South Australian Derby.‘Odds not currently available’
South Australian Derby Preview & Tips 2018
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 Leicester, who won the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes by 0.7 lengths last outing, after working home nicely for 4th in the Port Adelaide Guineas. Second favouritism is shared between High ‘N’ Dry, one of 3 sons of High Chaparral in the race, who wound up strongly for 2nd in the Chairman’s Stakes coming from next to last, and Tangled who ran 3rd in the Australian Derby then a close 2nd in the G3 Packer Plate.
High Sherrif is a New Zealand runner who is bred for this distance and has won 2 of his 4 starts. Main Stage hasn’t started since 5th in the Australia Derby. Runaway won the VRC Leger over 2800m by 1.5 lengths following a Geelong win over 2218m and is one to watch. Civil Disobedience loomed strongly in the Chairman’s Stakes but got tired in the final 200m and finished 8th. All other runners are currently over 16 to 1, including Western Australian runner Money Maher.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|13 High ‘N’ Dry|
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|