South Australian Derby
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The South Australian Derby is a Group 1 race for three year olds conducted by the South Australian Jockey Club at Morphettville.
The South Australian Derby was first run in 1860 and was won by Midnight.
The South Australian Derby is run over 2500m under Set Weights conditions.
Fillies don't run often but when they do they are usually competitive (Qafila, Delicacy, Scratchy Bottom/Zarita/Showella/Mapperley Heights/English Wonder) have run well when contesting.
Over the year's Bart Cummings was the hero of the training ranks with ten wins. Cliff Brown had a run of three in six years some 20 years ago. Darren Weir trained three winners of the Derby in a row as well.
Ben Melham, Greg Childs and Danny Nikolic have a couple of wins each in the last 20 years but the jockeys have shared it around.
Tails of Triomphe won the 2005 SA Derby despite never having previously set foot on a metropolitan racetrack to race in eleven starts.
The Derby has produced some decent Melbourne Cup form over the years.
Russian Camelot won brilliantly coming from last in 2020. He was a European bred youngster so gave away six months in experience to his rivals. He was a big player the following Spring too becoming the first SA Derby winner in a long time to win an open age G1 (Underwood Stakes).
The 2021 edition was run for prize money of $502,250.
Notable winners of the South Australian Derby include Gatum Gatum (1961), Ziema (1964), Shiva's Revenge (1991), Subzero (1992), Count Chivas (1995), Showella (1999), Mummify (2003), Rebel Raider (2009), Delicacy (2015), Russian Camelot (2020).
The 2020 South Australian Derby was won by Russian Camelot from Dalasan and Warning.
Previous South Australian Derby Winners
| RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) 3C |
CAMELOT (GB) - LADY BABOOSHKA (GB) CAPE CROSS (IRE)
|J ALLEN||56.5||DANNY O'BRIEN||7|
| QAFILA (AUS) 3F |
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - ZIGHY BAY (USA) TAPIT (USA)
|C J PARISH||54.5||D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG||6|
| HELENE LEADINGSTAR (AUS) 3G |
WANTED (AUS) - DEFY THE ODDS (GB) GALILEO (IRE)
|DAMIAN LANE||56.5||DARREN WEIR||7|
| VOLATILE MIX (NZ) 3C |
PENTIRE (GB) - UTOPIA (NZ) HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE)
|J ALLEN||56.5||DARREN WEIR||11|
| HOWARD BE THY NAME (AUS) 3C |
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - BELLINI ROSE (NZ) FALTAAT (USA)
|J ALLEN||56.5||DARREN WEIR||6|
| DELICACY (AUS) 3F |
AL MAHER (AUS) - SIMPLY WICKED (AUS) SCENIC (IRE)
|P HALL||54.5||GRANT WILLIAMS||11|
| KUSHADASI (AUS) 3G |
CHOISIR (AUS) - SHANGHAI MOON (NZ) CARNEGIE (IRE)
|S W ARNOLD||56.5||RICHARD JOLLY||3|
| ESCADO (AUS) 3G |
CASINO PRINCE (AUS) - SECRET CAUSE (AUS) GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA)
|B MELHAM||56.5||MATT LAURIE||1|
| ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) 3G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - KISUMU (AUS) CARNEGIE (IRE)
|D OLIVER||56.5||LEON CORSTENS||1|
| SHADOWS IN THE SUN (AUS) 3G |
DANE SHADOW (AUS) - BEST OUT WEST (AUS) BEST WESTERN (AUS)
|B MELHAM||56.5||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||10|
| KIDNAPPED (AUS) 3G |
VISCOUNT (AUS) - YOUTHFUL PRESENCE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
|K MCEVOY||56.5||PETER SNOWDEN||16|
| REBEL RAIDER (AUS) 3C |
RESET (AUS) - PICHOLINE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
|C LINDOP||56.5||LEON MACDONALD||5|
| ZARITA (NZ) 3F |
PENTIRE (GB) - GIN PLAYER (NZ) DEFENSIVE PLAY (USA)
|G CHILDS||54.0||P T HYLAND||11|
| LAZER SHARP (AUS) 3G |
ZARIZ (AUS) - SCADABBA (AUS) SCENIC (IRE)
|B RAWILLER||56.5||JAMIE EDWARDS||5|
| TESTAFIABLE (AUS) 3C |
TESTA ROSSA (AUS) - JAMELDEN ECHO (NZ) PRINCE ECHO (IRE)
|G CHILDS||55.5||PETER MOODY||16|
| TAILS OF TRIOMPHE (AUS) 3G |
ARCHWAY (IRE) - SPINNING HEADS (AUS) BESTEBREUJE (IRE)
|P GATT||55.5||TERRY O'SULLIVAN||16|
| HARD TO GET (AUS) 3G |
GEIGER COUNTER (USA) - RARELY CAUGHT (NZ) DANZIG (USA)
|J BOWDITCH||55.5||MARK KAVANAGH||2|
| MUMMIFY (AUS) 3G |
JEUNE (GB) - CLEOPATRA'S GIRL (AUS) AT TALAQ (USA)
|D NIKOLIC||55.5||D L FREEDMAN||4|
| PANTANI (NZ) 3G |
PENTIRE (GB) - DEWAMAR (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
|D NIKOLIC||55.5||ROBBIE LAING||10|
| BIG PAT (AUS) 3G |
FULL AND BY (NZ) - PUT IN PLACE (NZ) HYPERBOREAN (USA)
|P MERTENS||55.5||PETER TULLOCH||2|
| BLUE MURDER (AUS) 3G |
BLUEBIRD (USA) - FOREST MINT (USA) KEY TO THE MINT (USA)
|M GATT||55.5||CLIFF BROWN||1|
SA Derby for Deepstrike
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable will have Explosive Jack and Let’s Karaka Deel running for them in the Group 1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville.
Will the fillies take up the challenge against the boys in the 2021 South Australian Derby at Morphettville on Saturday?
Llanacord has settled in well following her arrival in South Australia ahead of her Group One test on Saturday.
Champion jockey to take over the reins on leading Group 1 hope.
Personal will be kept to a country environment ahead of contesting the Group 1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.
Through Irish Eyes takes out VRC St Leger
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have won another feature three-year-old staying race with Through Irish Eyes taking out the Listed VRC St Leger at Flemington.
Two winners headed by Senor Toba’s victory in the Frank Packer
Hugh Bowman has shown no ill effects from a heavy fall in the first race to win the Frank Packer Plate on outsider Senor Toba.
Trainer and jockey quotes after Senor Toba claims the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick on Saturday.
Co-trainer David Eustace has a lot of time for Through Irish Eyes who he says will relish the 2800m of the Listed VRC St Leger.
Group 1 winner to be joins in the race by stablemate Let’s Karaka Deel
Matt Cumani says a wider barrier draw in the Frank Packer Plate will allow Khoekhoe to be ridden colder and come with a late finish.