The Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney raider Order Of The Sun has opened top of the 2014 South Australian Derby final field odds for the Morphettville major this weekend.
Top fancy in pre-post betting, the Encosta De Lago colt has retained their spot at the top of the markets for the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on Saturday following the release of fields and barriers this morning.
Order Of The Sun has drawn ideally with barrier four, Vlad Duric to take the mount on the last start Flemington winner for the first time.
On Anzac last Friday the Rosehill Guineas failure improved on some recent disappointing form, relishing a step up from 2000m to 2800m for a seven length romp in the Listed VRC St Leger.
The only one in the field proven over more distance for Saturday then, the bookies are banking on Order Of The Sun to put the locals and fellow interstate visitors in Adelaide to bed with a South Australian Derby win.
With Order Of The Sun at $3.60, there are four other runners currently under double figures for an upset South Australian Derby result with:
- #8 Bring Something ($4.50) – Ken Keys-trained Sebring gelding after their third on the trot here, won by six and a half at Cranbourne two back before stepping up to stakes company at Caulfield on April 12 to win the Galilee Series Final over the mile and a half by two lengths, went over 2500m in the VRC Derby during the spring when seventh and is tipped to improve on that here
- #1 Gamblin’ Guru ($8) – Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained local missed out on a Sydney assault this season after falling in a race back in March but have come on well since enjoying back-to-back wins of late, most recently was just last weekend here in the Group 2 Chairman’s Stakes and even from the outside barrier they’re a major chance having won the Geelong Classic in the mud, conditions they are likely to see again Saturday
- #2 Best Case ($8) – Anthony Cummings’ Savabeel gelding comes via a run in the Australian Derby when eighth in the mud, the ATC Derby has produced two SA Derby winners since 2000 but both of those (Mummify in 2003 and Testifiable in 2006) ran third in the lead-up so this one needs to do some improving
- #13 Gravitational ($9) – Another visitor, this Danny O’Brien-trained Melbourne galloper has had a run at Morphettville when third in the Chairman’s last weekend, will have learnt from that so second go at the track should be better, was fourth to Gamblin’ Guru in the Geelong Classic over 2200m last October so the distance and the wet track are both okay
Just outside of the top five are then some nice value three-year-olds with genuine claims including Richard Jolly’s Chairman’s Stakes fourth placed Choisir gelding Kushadasi ($10).
Also at $10 is Mick Kent’s rails-drawn Sebring filly Scratchy Bottom, the Melbourne-based youngster coming back off a six week freshen up here last weekend running a stellar third behind May’s Dream in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m).
Rounding out those under $20 is then Honey Steel’s Gold ($16), the David Hayes-trained galloper with form around the favourites.
Two back they were third to Bring Something in the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m) at Caulfield and then last weekend they were a distant second to Order Of The Sun in the VRC St Ledger.
The rest of the field can be found at $26 or longer in betting, all the latest fixed win SA Derby prices listed below.
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