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The 2017 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).

2017 South Australian Derby Field

The 2017 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

2017 South Australian Derby Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 43451×4936 ADATTO (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 63
2 3211×35496 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 79
3 989×69520 BARSHONTI G 3 John Hyam 53
4 76×24182 BEDFORD (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 62
5 x5216x6877 BILLET DOUX G 3 Gordon Richards 57
6 61275×8021 CASTA G 3 Tony McEvoy 68
7 525×4221 CHARLTON C 3 Robbie Griffiths 60
8 9×42213 DODGE CITY G 3 Michael Moroney 62
9 718×085631 DORNIER G 3 John Moloney 73
10 5312×51372 FONTEIN LAD G 3 Greg Eurell 64
11 5×171212 GRAND CHANCELLOR (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes 80
12 98511×0702 GUN GURU G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 64
13 11562×3434 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
14 2×3331 HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 3 Richard Laming 66
15 4×37451610 LYCURGUS G 3 Danny O’Brien 72
16 936×14625 MISS STRATHALLAN F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 67
17 2×1224 NETHERFIELD (NZ) G 3 Mick Price 63
18 71546×1121 ODEON (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 79
19 2100×205 POSITIVE CARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
20 21135×7347 PRETTY PUNK F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 73
21 5x123x4454 ROCKSTAR REBEL C 3 Darren Weir 65
22 7x025x8316 ROSS’S POINT (NZ) G 3 Aaron Purcell 60
23 112×52242 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 82
24 154230 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) F 3 Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen 77
25 5651618×83 SCRAPS G 3 Heath Conners 61
26 6520×18343 SEBRING DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 76
27 6x911x714 SEDANZER F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 73
28 52316×5776 SMART AS YOU THINK F 3 John McArdle 79
29 675x08x371 THE BIG CHEESE G 3 Claudette Rose 61
30 9444×13231 TOFFEE NOSE F 3 Danny O’Brien 75
31 65640×9431 TUMULTUOUS G 3 Chris Waller 69
32 2215×5174 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir 66
33 3341×97111 WAGING WAR G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 81
34 151305 WHEAL LEISURE F 3 Archie Alexander 70
35 x846242115 WU GOK G 3 Chris Waller 71

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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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