2012 South Australian Derby Form Guide & Betting Preview

The sole Group 1 event on the Australian racing calendar this weekend will be Morphettville’s South Australian Derby 2012, the Races.com.au’s exclusive form guide and betting preview for which is detailed below.

Strike The Stars

Strike The Stars is out to give trainer Anthony Cummings back-to-back wins in the 2012 SA Derby on Saturday

Due to jump at 3:35pm (SA time) as Morphettville Race 7 this year’s edition of the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) features a full field of 16 starters.

After the early scratching of #13 Practiced from the Robert Hickmott stables the first of the four emergencies, Gai Waterhouse’s Tohunga, has earned a spot in the starting line-up.

Drawn ideally in barrier four with Tommy Berry aboard the ultra-consistent son of Zabeel is yet to finish outside the top three in their five starts to date and comes off back-to-back wins in Sydney.

Since earning a guaranteed start Tohunga has firmed into the $6 third favourite in the SA Derby odds at bookmaker.com.au.

The top two fancies are Melbourne raider Zabeelionaire ($4) coming off a Caulfield win and the Anthony Cummings-trained Group 1 performer Strike The Stars ($4) drawn in barriers one and three respectively.

Only one other SA Derby hope is under double-figures in the latest markets with Pelicano paying $8 for an upset, the Tony McEvoy-trained Court Of Jewels gelding looking to do it for the locals.

Pelicano certainly has the right form to hold off the interstate raiders having won their past three in Adelaide including their last over 2400m at Mrophettville Parks on April 21 by an easy two and a half lengths.

So will the South Australian Derby winner come from this fancied quartet?

Or can a roughie score an upset SA Derby result such as the Anthony Freedman-trained Cornell ($11) coming off a third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at the track over 2000m, Michael Kent’s Mossman gelding Backbone ($16) looking to improve on their distant fourth in the VRC St Leger (2800m) on a Heavy (8) Flemington track back on Anzac Day, or the Robbie Laing-trained Chairman’s Stakes winner Heaven’s Riches ($26)?

To help guide your South Australian Derby bets, and save you time scrolling through the race field and form guide, the Races.com.au crew has done the hard work for you.

After studying the form, betting history, facts and stats on the SA Derby below we have the need to know info on the race and it’s runners so you can bet online at bookmaker.com.au with confidence.

2012 SA Derby Form Guide Facts & Betting Stats

  • Last year’s SA Derby winner was the Anthony Cummings-trained Shadows In The Sun who came off an unplaced run in Sydney and jumped form barrier 10 (of 16)
  • Cummings is back out for successive wins this year with #1 Strike The Stars ($4)
  • #8 Heaven’s Riches ($26) is drawn in last year’s winning barrier but with the last three emergencies failing to gain a start it will be #12 Niconoise ($67) coming into the gate
  • On the other side barriers three, six and nine have produced no SA Derby winners in the past 30 years; the horses currently drawn in these gates with first emergency Tohunga (4) getting a start are #1 Strike The Stars (3), #19e Rock Musician (6) and #15 Haroldhaut (9) – with the last three emergencies out the horses in the hoodoo gates six and nine will change to #7 Backbone (7 into 6) and #8 Heaven’s Riches (10 into 9)
  • #5 Pelicano ($8) boasts the highest Win Rate of the field by far with an impressive 71.43% followed by #17 Tohunga (40.00%) and #7 Backbone (37.50%)
  • The best Place Percentage of the field belongs to #17 Tohunga (100.00%) followed by #4 Cornell (72.73%) and #5 Pelicano (71.43%)
  • There are four last-start winners in the field this year with #3 Zabeelionaire (Eastern Bridge 3YO Plate, 2000m, Caulfield, 21/04/2012), #5 Pelicano (RST94 Handicap, 2400m, Morphettville Parks, 21/04/2012), #8 Heaven’s Riches (Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes, 2000m, Morphettville, 28/04/2012) and #17 Tohunga (BM65, 2000m, Kembla Grange, 21/04/2012)
  • The only three horses with previous winning form at Morphettville are #4 Cornell (2-1-0-1), #8 Heaven’s Riches (1-1-0-0) and #12 Niconoise (3-2-0-0)
  • Over the 2500m no horse has run and won – three have tried with #2 Sabrage (1-0-0-1), #3 Zabeelionaire (1-0-0-0) and #4 Cornell (1-0-0-0)

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2012 South Australian Derby Field & Form Guide

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

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Age/Sex Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
1. STRIKE THE STARS A J Cummings Dwayne Dunn 3 56.5 3yoG 21 $33,575 12: 1 3 1 8.33% 41.67% x52754
2. SABRAGE M D Moroney Luke Currie 20 56.5 3yoC 21 $27,666 11: 2 0 2 18.18% 36.36% x86400
3. ZABEELIONAIRE L J Corstens Damien Oliver 1 56.5 3yoC 14 $14,728 10: 2 1 0 20.00% 30.00% x64151
4. CORNELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin Mc Evoy 8 56.5 3yoG 7 $10,431 11: 3 3 2 27.27% 72.73% 20×113
5. PELICANO Tony Mcevoy Matthew Neilson 15 56.5 3yoG 14 $13,414 7: 5 0 0 71.43% 71.43% 1×7111
6. ALCOHOL R R Jolly Paul Gatt 5 56.5 3yoG 7 $12,383 9: 1 3 1 11.11% 55.56% 218882
7. BACKBONE M C Kent Brad Rawiller 7 56.5 3yoG 10 $10,963 8: 3 1 0 37.50% 50.00% 211714
8. HEAVEN’S RICHES R E Laing Michael Walker 10 56.5 3yoC 7 $8,175 12: 2 2 0 16.67% 33.33% 421901
9. LETHAL JONES Lou and Dion Luciani Jason Whiting 2 56.5 3yoG 21 $8,638 12: 2 2 0 16.67% 33.33% x12715
10. WESTSOUTHWEST R W Smerdon Mark Zahra 19 56.5 3yoG 7 $5,526 9: 2 1 0 22.22% 33.33% 12×064
11. REIGN OF TERROR N D Parnham Steven Parnham 12 56.5 3yoG 21 $4,731 10: 1 2 2 10.00% 50.00% x39920
12. NICONOISE D A Hayes Glen Boss 11 56.5 3yoC 7 $4,372 9: 2 0 0 22.22% 22.22% x10060
13. PRACTICED Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 18 56.5 3yoG 10 $6,246 6: 1 1 0 16.67% 33.33% 6×1662
14. BANNER M W Laurie Chad Lever 14 56.5 3yoG 7 $4,384 8: 2 1 1 25.00% 50.00% 4×8030
15. HAROLDHAUT T and K O’sullivan Joe Bowditch 9 56.5 3yoG 7 $2,816 11: 1 3 0 9.09% 36.36% 407524
16. ESSENCE P Stokes Clare Lindop 13 54.5 3yoF 7 $5,530 10: 1 2 2 10.00% 50.00% 253563
17. TOHUNGA Ms G Waterhouse Terry Barry 4 56.5 3yoG 14 $5,640 5: 2 2 1 40.00% 100.00% 23×211
18. SOUTHERN INVASION Ms M Ruberry Shayne Cahill 17 56.5 3yoG 7 $6,486 7: 1 1 0 14.29% 28.57% 109790
19. ROCK MUSICIAN R E Laing Not Notified 6 56.5 3yoC 7 $2,935 10: 0 5 1 0.00% 60.00% 8×2226
20. COMPELLED E V Musgrove Dominic Tourneur 16 56.5 3yoG 10 $1,806 12: 2 2 0 16.67% 33.33% 917220

*Form Guide Credit – Ladbrokes.com.au

*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change

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