Jolly Excited Over Kushadasi’s SA Derby 2014 Chances

May 1, 2014

Jolly Excited Over Kushadasi’s SA Derby 2014 Chances

This weekend an exciting field of three-year-olds faces off in Adelaide’s 2014 South Australian Derby including the Richard Jolly-trained Kushadasi.

Kushadasi

The Richard Jolly-trained Kushadasi is a genuine chance in Saturday's 2014 SA Derby. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

One of a confirmed 16 starters, plus three emergencies, in this year’s $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) local Choisir gelding Kushadasi is also inside the top half of betting for the Morphettville major.

Current South Australian Derby odds are led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained VRC St Ledger winner at Flemington last Saturday, Order Of The Sun, at $4.

Like Encosta De Lago colt Order Of The Sun, Kushadasi is on the seven day turnaround having raced at home in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m).

There they ran four lengths away fourth to the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained winner Gamblin’ Guru having jumped from barrier 11 of 14 and suffering interference not long after the barriers went up.

The run before, Kushadasi was also defeated by New Approach gelding Gamblin’ Guru in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) when crossing a nostril flare away in second.

They get a chance to turn the tables finally in the South Australian Derby then as they go up over further than 2000m for the first time.

A known wet track performer, Gamblin’ Guru is at $9 to take out the Derby while Kushadasi is hot on their heels paying $10.

They’ve drawn barrier three which is one inside the favourite Order Of The Sun (4) and will be ridden by Steve Arnold who has partnered with them for their past two runs.

It is a nice draw that Jolly hopes makes all the difference in the Group 1, a race the local trainer ran second in last year with his Strada gelding Hioctdane who was runner-up to Mornington raider Escado.

“He’s going to be allowed the relax early but certainly from the good draw hopefully he can relax and he’s certainly going to be a lot closer than he was the other day,” Jolly told AAP.

Gamblin’ Guru meanwhile has the outside barrier, which could actually prove an advantage if it is a wet track with five South Australian Derby winners having jumped from 16 since 1983 and Hioctdane jumped from for their second 12 months ago.

The other well fancied hopes in the SA Derby include Ken Keys’ Cranbourne galloper Bring Something ($4.80) who comes off a Listed Galilee Series Final win at Caulfield from April 12 and the rails-drawn Sebring filly Scratchy Bottom ($7.50), also from Cranbourne, who ran a good third to May’s Dream in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) here last weekend.

“You’ve got to line different form lines up which makes it hard, but I’m happy with him (Kushadasi),” Jolly said.

“I think he’s up to it.”

Along with Kushadasi Jolly is also represented in this year’s South Australian Derby field by $51 roughie Majestic Moment, a Barley A Moment gelding who he believes a better chance than their odds suggest.

Majestic Moment faces a notable class rise here but they’ve earned it after back-to-back wins firstly over the mile at Murray Bridge and then over 2200m when defeating Royal Amati by nearly two lengths at Balaklava on April 16.

“I took him back to winnable races and he’s going really well,” Jolly said.

“He showed he can stay. I definitely think he’s not hopeless in the race.”

To get behind your early South Australian Derby 2014 selections at the best prices visit Ladbrokes.com.au who will be offering Best Tote or SP + 20% markets on the classic this Saturday!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field