South Australian Derby Field 2012 Released

The 2012 South Australian Derby final field for Saturday’s Morphettville clash has been announced with a capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies accepted.

Anthony Cummings

Last year's winning trainer Anthony Cummings will start Strike The Stars in the 2012 SA Derby

The Anthony Cummings-trained Strike The Stars heads this year’s field for the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) which is due to run as race seven at 3:35pm (local time).

Drawn in gate three the Savabeel gelding will be out to hand their trainer successive wins in the race following the success of Shadows In The Sun 12 months ago.

Runner-up to Mosheen in the Australian Guineas back in March, Strike The Stars was last seen finishing a credible fourth to Ethiopia in the Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick.

Dwayne Dunn has the ride for the SA Derby on Saturday, the sixth jockey in as many starts to jump in their saddle.

Early SA Derby odds are led by the Leon Corstens-trained Zabeelionaire who has drawn the rails with barrier one, Damien Oliver to ride.

The Zabeel colt ran a good fourth in the Victoria Derby over this distance at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival and was last seen putting two and a half lengths on their rivals over 2000m at Caulfield on April 21.

The other top pick in the SA Derby betting markets and field is currently Pelicano.

Tony McEvoy’s local Court Of Jewels three-year-old has a super record of five wins from seven starts and comes off a big two and a half length victory at the track over 2400-metres.

Along with Zabeelionaire and Pelican the other last-start winners in the South Australian Derby this year are Heaven’s Riches and Tohunga.

Robbie Laing’s Danerich colt Heaven’s Riches, drawn in gate 10 for Saturday, bounced back from a poor effort at Caulfield two back to win the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) at Morphettville last Saturday where they also jumped from barrier 10.

Chairman’s Stakes runner-up Alcohol, third placegetter Cornell and fourth placed Haroldhaut have also all been accepted for the SA Derby drawn in barriers five, eight and nine respectively.

Tohunga meanwhile is the first emergency for the SA Derby field on Saturday, Gai Waterhouse’s promising Zabeel gelding coming off two good wins.

If they get into the race Tommy Berry will ride from the nice barrier four draw, Waterhouse opting not to accept for her other SA Derby nominee Fat Al.

Other notable chances worth a look at in the markets once released include the Michael Kent-trained stakes winner Backbone, and Phillip Stokes’ Schweppes Stakes minor placegetter Essence.

See below for the full 2012 South Australian Derby field, barriers and jockeys.

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2012 South Australian Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 – 3:35pm – 05/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2315X52754 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Dwayne Dunn 3 56.5kg 95
2 4313X86400 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Luke Currie 20 56.5kg 92
3 2454X64151 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 1 56.5kg 82
4 125920X113 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 83
5 14X1X7111 PELICANO Tony McEvoy Matthew Neilson 15 56.5kg 89
6 X5221X8882 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 5 56.5kg 70
7 00X211714 BACKBONE Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 7 56.5kg 74
8 82X421X901 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing Michael Walker 10 56.5kg 87
9 6524X12715 LETHAL JONES Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani Jason Whiting 2 56.5kg 73
10 X10712X064 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 19 56.5kg 68
11 3189X39920 REIGN OF TERROR Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 12 56.5kg 68
12 1709X10060 NICONOISE David Hayes 11 56.5kg 67
13 6X6X1662 PRACTICED Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 18 56.5kg 66
14 1214X8030 BANNER Matt Laurie 14 56.5kg 67
15 1824X07524 HAROLDHAUT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Joe Bowditch 9 56.5kg 64
16 4X21253563 ESSENCE Phillip Stokes Ms Clare Lindop 13 54.5kg 70
17e 23X211 TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg 71
18e 21X09790 SOUTHERN INVASION Margaret Ruberry 17 56.5kg 62
19e 23528X2226 ROCK MUSICIAN Robbie Laing 6 56.5kg 61
20e 41X7917220 COMPELLED (NZ) Eric Musgrove Dom Tourneur 16 56.5kg 61