Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir is hopping to snag another Group 1 trophy at the 2018 Adelaide Festival Of Racing after accepting with four horses for the Group 1 $600,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Weir won last Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Oaks (Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville with his filly Sopressa and will saddle up Leicester, Civil Disobedience, Savaheat and Amerock in the Blue Riband Classic for the three year olds.
The Weir quartet received mixed results at the barrier draw for the South Australian Derby field that comprises of sixteen final runners plus four emergencies.
Savaheat with Dean Yendall booked to ride, drew the best of Weir’s four at barrier two, Damian Lane’s mount Leicester came up with nine, Civil Disobedience has barrier thirteen for John Allen and Amerock will jump from the extreme outside gate with Australasian Oaks winning jockey Harry Coffey in the saddle.
All the barriers will possible move in from the original draw at the final scratching time on Saturday morning with the four emergencies drawing barriers 6, 8, 1 and 19.
Leicester has the best credentials of the Weir runners and has already shown his liking for the Morphettville track with a last start win there in the Group 3 $120,000 AAMI Chairman’s Stakes (2035m) on April 28 .
Amerock, Savaheat and Civil Disobedience also had their final lead up run to the South Australian Derby in the Chairman’s Stakes and finished third, fifth and eighth respectively.
The Lindsay Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will also have multiple runners with Won Won Too and Rezealient making the final sixteen while Creedence (barrier 19) is the fourth emergency.
Won Won Too (Jordon Childs, barrier 4) and Rezealient (Jamie Kah, barrier 5) have drawn next to each other and are both coming off a run in the Listed $200,000 VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington on Anzac Day where Rezealient finished second and Won Won Too eighth.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott has accepted with two three-year-olds with Runaway making the final sixteen while Delos is marked as the second emergency with Adam Hyeronimus booked to ride form barrier eight.
Runaway is chasing a hat trick and has drawn barrier fourteen in the original draw with Stephen Baster retaining the mount after combining with the front running three year old with all the way wins in a 2218m BenchMark 64 Handicap at Geelong on April 17 and in the VRC St Leger.
Chris Waller will only have one runner in the South Australian Derby with Tangled who has drawn barrier fifteen in the original draw with Michael Walker on board again.
Walker has been in the saddle for Tangled’s last three starts during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival that produced a second in the Group 1 $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill, a third in the Group 1 $2m Harrolds Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick and a second in the Group 3 $150,000 IGA Liquor Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick.
Final field for the 2018 South Australian Derby (2500m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||4220×60232||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||15||56.5kg||94|
|2||6177×47114||MONEY MAHER||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Jarrad Noske||17||56.5kg||80|
|3||4×4131241||LEICESTER||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||9||56.5kg||77|
|4||3141131758||CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||John Allen||13||56.5kg||76|
|5||12135×4005||MAIN STAGE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Damien Oliver||10||56.5kg||75|
|6||1215||SHERRIF (NZ)||Roger James||Leith Innes||12||56.5kg||75|
|7||165×902311||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||14||56.5kg||74|
|8||07×102918||WON WON TOO (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jordan Childs||4||56.5kg||73|
|9||56104×1005||SAVAHEAT (NZ)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||2||56.5kg||73|
|10||8425122||REZEALIENT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||5||56.5kg||70|
|11||015610×066||SILENT COMMAND||Nick Smart||Shayne Cahill||3||56.5kg||70|
|12||01608×1801||INTO RIO (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damien Thornton||7||56.5kg||68|
|13||70×5132||HIGH ’N’ DRY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Andrew Mallyon||18||56.5kg||68|
|14||38×0515833||AMEROCK||Darren Weir||Harry Coffey||20||56.5kg||67|
|15||3310×16||NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH||Robbie Griffiths||–||11||56.5kg||66|
|16||33823×6314||BOX ON COLLINS||Tony McEvoy||–||16||56.5kg||63|
|17e||1242×72551||TROPICAL LIGHTNING||Travis Doudle||Todd Pannell||6||56.5kg||65|
|18e||00252×6119||DELOS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||8||56.5kg||64|
|19e||22300×1622||JOHNNY VINKO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||1||56.5kg||63|
|20e||671304||CREEDENCE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–||19||56.5kg||62|