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South Australian Derby

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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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