Hioctdane ready for South Australian Derby

A long range plan is set to pay dividends for top Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly after Hioctdane rocketed into calculations for the Group 1 $500,000 Centrebet South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on Saturday with an unexpected win over the weekend.


Hioctdane is ready for SA Derby after runaway win in the Chairman's Veolia Stakes at Morphettville. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Jolly orchestrated a plan for this week’s Derby after Hioctdane won the Listed $80,000 Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville in October last year and now has the in-form gelding in peak condition heading into the three year classic on his home track.

“He was always a bit immature, there were thoughts of going to Melbourne after he won the Hill Smith but I knew he was at the end of it,” Jolly said.

Jolly was quite surprised that Hioctdane was able to win so easily at the finish after having to do plenty of work in the early stages and after being caught wide raced away to record a four and a quarter lengths victory over Pharomac in the Group 3 $115,000 Chairman’s Veolia Stakes (2000m).

“He was cherry ripe, there’s always queries on them running out the distance strong, but he was really impressive,” Jolly said.

“He did a bit of work early, he was out very wide – he didn’t have the best run in the race – but he just rounded them up and won easily.”

Saturday was Hioctdane’s fourth run back this time in and Jolly in quite confident his Derby hope won’t have any trouble backing up in the week and is still on the improve.

“The preparation revolved around the Chairman’s and next week, so we’re rapt with him. I was surprised, I didn’t think he’d win like that,” Jolly said.

“He’s just kept improving, we’ve built him up slowly, so next week he’ll be even better.”

The South Australian Derby is shaping as a good contest with the Gai Waterhouse trained Hippopus and the Victorian three year old Hvasstan both heading to Morphettville on Saturday.

Waterhouse elected to go to Melbourne with Hippopus after running fifth to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 $1.5m David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 13 and picked up the spoils in the Listed $150,000 VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington on Anzac Day.

While Peter Gelagotis elected to go straight to Morphettvile without another run after finishing sixth in the Australian Derby.

2013 South Australian Derby Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ADJUSTER Byron Cozamanis 20 56.5kg 71
2 BEFITTING Rick Hore-Lacy 41 56.5kg 56
3 BEL THOR Wez Hunter 27 56.5kg 65
4 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon 26 56.5kg 66
5 CORONIS (NZ) Brian Jenkins 42 56.5kg 53
6 DARUNA David Payne 28 56.5kg 65
7 DELAGOS Anthony Cummings 29 56.5kg 65
8 DIFFERING FORTUNES Daniel Clarken 10 56.5kg 73
9 DON’T THINK DO Will Clarken 39 56.5kg 59
10 DOWN THE MIDDLE Richard Jolly 40 56.5kg 57
11 ESCADO Matt Laurie 23 56.5kg 68
12 GERONTIUS David Hayes 8 56.5kg 74
13 GINGERBOY Darren Weir 34 56.5kg 61
14 GOLD MEDALS (NZ) Bill & Symon Wilde 22 56.5kg 70
15 HE’SNOTTHEMESSIAH (NZ) Michael Kent 35 56.5kg 61
16 HIOCTDANE Richard Jolly 5 56.5kg 85
17 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 3 56.5kg 87
18 HONORIUS David Payne 6 56.5kg 81
19 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis 1 56.5kg 95
20 JUMEIRAH PALACE (NZ) Mark Kavanagh 31 56.5kg 63
21 KEMTAIN Clinton McDonald 36 56.5kg 61
22 KING OF OLYMPIA Gai Waterhouse 14 56.5kg 66
23 LASER FLASH David Payne 9 56.5kg 74
24 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 38 56.5kg 59
25 MCNULTY Michael Kent 25 56.5kg 67
26 NORTHERN JOURNEY David Brideoake & David Feek 37 56.5kg 60
27 OUT OF COOBER Bill Smart 17 56.5kg 77
28 PACKING EMPIRE (NZ) David Hayes 32 56.5kg 63
29 PHAROMAC Tony McEvoy 12 56.5kg 71
30 PINS OF PELE (NZ) Anthony Freedman 13 56.5kg 68
31 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes 33 56.5kg 62
32 SERPENT (NZ) Murray Baker 19 56.5kg 72
33 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 18 56.5kg 74
34 WILD JOURNEY Tony McEvoy 30 56.5kg 64
35 ALZORA David Hayes 15 54.5kg 85
36 GLOBAL BALANCE David Hayes 2 54.5kg 90
37 GREEN ROLLER David Hayes 21 54.5kg 70
38 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman 4 54.5kg 85
39 LUCKY LIVI Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 24 54.5kg 68
40 MOLTO BENE Roslyn Day 16 54.5kg 78
41 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent 7 54.5kg 80
42 TRANSONIC John P Thompson 11 54.5kg 71