The 2018 South Australian Derby is a Group 1 race that takes place at Morphettville Racecourse in early May of each year. Run on the same day as the Listed Adelaide Guineas and the Listed Oakland Plate, the SA Derby is a 2,500 metre race for stayers and is open to three-year-old horses only. Held as part of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival, the South Australian Derby is run under set-weight conditions and is worth a total of $500,000 in prize money.
The Group 1 Australasian Oaks and the Group 3 South Australian Oaks are avenues that fillies often take on their way to the SA Derby. Zarita (2008) was the last filly to take out the prestigious SA Oaks and SA Derby double. Those who are successful in the South Australian Derby are often seen in later in the year in some of the best races during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Horses such as Mummify (2003) won the South Australian Derby and then went on to win the prestigious Caulfield Cup in the spring, while Subzero won both the South Australian Derby and the Melbourne Cup in 1992.
The inaugural running of the South Australian Derby was in 1860 when it was won by a horse named Midnight. The race was originally held over a distance of 12 furlongs (2400m) until 1973 when it was changed to 2,500 metres. The distance of the race constantly varied between these distances, as well as a one-year stint at 2,600m in 1980, until 2001 when it was permanently changed to today’s 2,500 metres. The SA Derby was not held from 1869-1874 or from 1884-1889 and then from 1942-1943 due to the Second World War. The race was also not held for one year in 1983.
Prominent horses to have won the SA Derby include Sergius (1910), Cosmos (1917), Idle Banter (1948), Galloway (1957), Sir Gerald (1973), Rebel raider (2009) and Kidnapped (2010).
2018 South Australian Derby Field
The 2018 South Australian Derby field is posted below.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||112×52242||RUTHVEN||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||18||56.5kg||82|
|2||3341×97111||WAGING WAR||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||12||56.5kg||81|
|3||5×171212||GRAND CHANCELLOR (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Noel Callow||2||56.5kg||80|
|4||3211×35496||ANAHEIM||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||14||56.5kg||79|
|5||71546×1121||ODEON (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||5||56.5kg||79|
|6||718×085631||DORNIER||John Moloney||Ryan Maloney||8||56.5kg||73|
|7||4×37451610||LYCURGUS||Danny O’Brien||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||6||56.5kg||72|
|8||61275×8021||CASTA||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||11||56.5kg||68|
|9||8511×07021||GUN GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||10||56.5kg||68|
|10||011||DOCKER PAV||Nick Smart||Shayne Cahill||3||56.5kg||66|
|11||2×3331||HE EKSCELS (NZ)||Richard Laming||Jamie Mott||15||56.5kg||66|
|12||2215×5174||VOLATILE MIX (NZ)||Darren Weir||John Allen||16||56.5kg||66|
|13||2×1224||NETHERFIELD (NZ)||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||13||56.5kg||64|
|14||154230||SAVVY DREAMS (NZ)||Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen||Paul Gatt||19||54.5kg||77|
|15||6x911x7145||SEDANZER||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||1||54.5kg||73|
|16||151305||WHEAL LEISURE||Archie Alexander||Jordan Childs (a)||17||54.5kg||70|
|17e||x123x44542||ROCKSTAR REBEL||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||7||56.5kg||65|
|18e||5312×51372||FONTEIN LAD||Greg Eurell||Ms Nikita Beriman||20||56.5kg||64|
|19e||43451×4936||ADATTO (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||9||56.5kg||63|
|20e||76×24182||BEDFORD (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||4||56.5kg||62|
2018 South Australian Derby Nominations
South Australian Derby Winners & Results
Throughout the running of the South Australian Derby many great horses have won or placed in the race and below you will find a list of the top three finishers since 2000.
|2018||1 Leicester||2 Rezealient||3 Runaway||2:38.95|
|2017||1 Volatile Mix||2 Ruthven||3 Odeon||2:37.09|
|2016||1 Howard Be Thy Name||2 Etymology||3 Cool Chap||2:40.08|
|2015||1 Delicacy||2 Werther||3 Allergic||2:37.91|
|2014||1 Kushadasi||2 Scratchy Bottom||3 Best Case||2:41.98|
|2013||1 Escado||2 Hioctdane||3 Shoreham||2:39.05|
|2012||1 Zabeelionaire||2 Sabrage||3 Westsouthwest||2:42.1|
|2011||1 Shadows In The Sun||2 Echoes Of Heaven||3 Lalla Rookh||2:39.88|
|2010||1 Kidnapped||2 Red Colossus||3 Sea Galleon||2:37.2|
|2009||1 Rebel Raider||2 Astro Gains||3 Fitoussi||2:40.3|
|2008||1 Zarita||2 Zagreb||3 Neugine||2:39.5|
|2007||1 Lazer Sharp||2 Classic De Lago||3 Red Lord||2:37.8|
|2006||1 Testafiable||2 Empire Gold||3 Irazu||2:43.3|
|2005||1 Tails Of Triomphe||2 Douro Valley||3 Kamsky||2:37.7|
|2004||1 Hard To Get||2 On A Jeune||3 Better Jetsetter||2:37.1|
|2003||1 Mummify||2 Vicksburgh||3 Lord Wooburn||2:38.7|
|2002||1 Pantani||2 Silver Baron||3 Lester Thunderwing||2:37.8|
|2001||1 Big Pat||2 Bush Padre||3 Adolescence||2:36.2|
|2000||1 Blue Murder||2 Mr Nelson||3 Voile D’Or||2:38.4|