South Australian Derby 2012 Nominations

This Saturday the action of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival continues at Morphettville with the running of the 2012 South Australian Derby, nominations for the three-year-olds’ classic now out.

Anthony Cummings

Last year's winning trainer Anthony Cummings has four 2012 SA Derby nominees

Won 12 months ago by the Anthony Cummings-trained Shadows In The Sun, this year’s edition of the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) has attracted 49 nominees.

Seeking back-to-back wins in the feature, Cummings has nominated for four from his stables.

Heading Cummings’ contingent is his consistent Savabeel gelding Strike The Stars.

Runner-up to the mighty Mosheen in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington back in early March, Strike The Stars was last seen finishing a game fourth to surprise winner Ethiopia in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 14.

Well rested and ready to strike they look in a good position to return in the SA Derby and run a strong 2500-metres against a quality field on the weekend.

Along with Strike The Stars the other top-rated hopefuls among the SA Derby early entries are Michael Moroney’s 2011 Victoria Derby third placegetter Sabrage out to improve on their last in the Australian Derby, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fat Al.

Progressive Al Maher gelding Fat Al has continued to rise through the ranks over their five wins from seven starts career to date.

Undefeated this time in they come off successive Group 3 wins at Randwick firstly in the Carbine Club Stakes and then in the Frank Packer Plate over the 2000-metres last Saturday.

Kyenton-based trainer Leon Corstens meanwhile has two horses likely to feature in the SA Derby final field with his Zabeel colt Zabeelionaire, last seen winning over 2000-metres at Caulfield, and Zabeel filly Rahveel who ran a credible 11th in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at the track last Saturday.

Other highly promising youngsters high enough up the South Australian Derby ballot order to make the final field should connections accept include WATC Derby runner-up Flashy Fella, and last Saturday’s Australasian Oaks third placegetter Essence form the local stables of Phillip Stokes.

Also among the SA Derby nominations are the top four horses from last Saturday’s $115,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) with the Robbie Laing-trained winner Heaven’s Riches, Richard Jolly’s gallant runner-up Alcohol, the Anthony Freedman-trained third placegetter Cornell and fourth placed Haroldhaut.

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2012 South Australian Derby Nominations & Ballot

Morphettville – 05/05/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly 8 56.5kg 70
2 BABY BOY Ron Daniel 37 56.5kg 60
3 BACKBONE Michael Kent 15 56.5kg 74
4 BANNER Matt Laurie 28 56.5kg 67
5 CAMPEAO Mick Price 33 56.5kg 62
6 CHIEFTAIN JACK Peter G Moody 20 56.5kg 68
7 COMPELLED (NZ) Eric Musgrove 32 56.5kg 61
8 CORNELL Anthony Freedman 7 56.5kg 83
9 DUBOSC (NZ) Kevin Myers 49 56.5kg 62
10 DURNFORD Pat Carey 47 56.5kg 60
11 FASTNET PRINCE Mick Price 41 56.5kg 61
12 FAT AL Gai Waterhouse 3 56.5kg 99
13 FLASHY FELLA (NZ) Michael Moroney 4 56.5kg 80
14 FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED Anthony Cummings 45 56.5kg 60
15 FRISKY NO MORE (NZ) Robbie Laing 43 56.5kg 61
16 FROGSPLASH John McArdle 44 56.5kg 59
17 HAMMER TIME Mark Kavanagh 42 56.5kg 61
18 HAROLDHAUT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 12 56.5kg 64
19 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing 9 56.5kg 87
20 IMPERIAL GRAND Anthony Cummings 22 56.5kg 67
21 KIMURASUN Tony Vasil 38 56.5kg 60
22 LETHAL JONES Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani 17 56.5kg 73
23 MASTER AVATAR Peter Morgan 48 56.5kg 57
24 MESHMAKER Sam Kavanagh 16 56.5kg 75
25 METHUSELAH John McArdle 18 56.5kg 68
26 NEPTUNE EXPRESS (NZ) Doug Harrison 34 56.5kg 58
27 NICONOISE David Hayes 25 56.5kg 67
28 OUTLAW PRINCE Anthony Cummings 35 56.5kg 63
29 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 14 56.5kg 89
30 PRACTICED Robert Hickmott 27 56.5kg 66
31 PRESIDE (NZ) Eric Musgrove 46 56.5kg 59
32 REIGN OF TERROR Neville Parnham 24 56.5kg 68
33 RIVE GAUCHE Jim Conlan 39 56.5kg 60
34 ROCK MUSICIAN Robbie Laing 31 56.5kg 61
35 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 2 56.5kg 92
36 SATIRICAL BOY Gai Waterhouse 19 56.5kg 80
37 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing 11 56.5kg 64
38 SOUTHERN INVASION Margaret Ruberry 30 56.5kg 62
39 STARKIATO John Sadler 26 56.5kg 67
40 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 1 56.5kg 95
41 TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 29 56.5kg 71
42 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 13 56.5kg 74
43 VELOCIDADE Tony McEvoy 40 56.5kg 63
44 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon 23 56.5kg 68
45 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 5 56.5kg 82
46 ELLDAMI Phillip Stokes 36 54.5kg 69
47 ESSENCE Phillip Stokes 10 54.5kg 70
48 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens 6 54.5kg 80
49 RED TYPHOON Robert Smerdon 21 54.5kg 67