Victorian three year old Chapada is a standout market mover in the betting for the Group 1 $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville today.
Ladbrokes.com.au opened Chapada at $9 when the final South Australian Derby field was released on Tuesday and after being backed into $6 eased slightly on race morning to be marked at $6.50.
The Phillip Stokes trained Mr Quickie is the solid $3.10 favourite with Anthony Freedman’s Ridgewood Drive the second pick at $5.50.
Chapada will be lining up in his third Derby with mixed results after a third in the Group 1 $2m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival and a well beaten tenth at his latest outing in the Group 1 $2m Harrolds Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick during the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Trainer Mike Moroney blames the wet track at Randwick for his poor effort in the Australian Derby but expects him to handle the Morphettville track better even though it is rated a Soft 6.
“Ollie (Damien Oliver) said he just couldn’t pick his legs up out of the ground,’’ Moroney told The Advertiser.
“It was strange because he got through Rosehill (at his previous start). But Rosehill was probably looser, where as Randwick was holding, it was pretty deep and horses really had the drag their legs out of it.”
“Before his last run we didn’t have any doubts with him on wet ground, it was a bit of a surprise us.’’
The ‘Wizard Of The West’ William Pike takes over from Damien Oliver on Chapada who will jump from gate ten in the capacity sixteen horse field.
Oliver was down to ride Grinzinger Star but is now without a ride after the Danny O’Brien trained gelding was scratched from the South Australian Derby on Thursday.