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There are 40 three-year-olds officially nominated for the South Australian Derby 2015 this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival including recent Chairman’s Stakes winner October Date.
Nominations for the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), to run at Morphettville Racecourse on May 9, were taken by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) on Tuesday with a host of talented young staying types entered for the set weights classic.
The most successful lead-up race into the Derby in recent years producing three of the past six winners is the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m), this year’s edition of that race run last Saturday.
Nick Smart won the Chairman’s with his progressive Barley A Moment gelding October Date who is now one of the headline SA Derby nominees, looking to complete a double last achieved by Rebel Raider (2009).
All of the major Chairman’s Stakes graduates feature in the SA Derby nominations including the Mick Price-trained runner-up Maysoor who was beaten only a nose.
Visiting Fastnet Rock colt Maysoor jumped at juicy odds of 71/1 in the Chairman’s despite having finished fourth at the track in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) the run before.
He came devastatingly close to scoring a major boil over in the Anzac Day race last weekend, and stays around in South Australia for his Group 1 debut in the Derby.
A distant third in the Chairman’s Stakes beaten over four lengths was then the Ron Daniel-trained Chu Chu Charlie followed closely by the Phillip Stokes-trained duo of Time Walker (4th) and Thermogenic (5th).
All three of those horses are Derby-bound also, stepping up in both class and distance.
Another last start black type winner among the nominees is Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Authorized gelding Authoritarian who won the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington on Anzac Day.
Relishing the distance he won by over three lengths beating the Robbie Laing-trained Cuban Fighter (2nd) and Group 1 performed Kiwi Gifted Lad (3rd), two other Derby hopefuls.
Team Freedman have also nominated for Al Maher gelding Berserk who ran fourth behind his stablemate in the VRC St Leger.
Peter Moody also could saddle-up a nice type in Flying Spur colt Boom Time who is yet to race outside of WA, the former Trevor Andrews-trained Flying Spur colt looking for just his second win at start number 15 next time out.
Two back he finally broke his maiden status in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) and then raced competitively when third to ace WA filly Delicacy, tested against the eastern state fillies in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2400m) in Adelaide this weekend, in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m).
Delicacy is also a South Australian Derby chance with a number of other Schweppes Oaks acceptors nominated to take on the boys including Cathy’s Mark and Kansas Sunflower.
Other notable SA Derby nominees include Galilee Series Final winner Manapine along with second and third in that 2500m race at Flemington from April 11 – Oncidium Ruler (2nd) and All I Survey (3rd).
See below for the full South Australian Derby 2015 nominations, the final field due for release on Wednesday May 6.
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2015 South Australian Derby Nominations
Morphettville Racecourse – 09/05/2015
|2||ALL I SURVEY||Pat Carey||65|
|4||AUTHORITARIAN||Lee & Anthony Freedman||72|
|5||BERSERK||Lee & Anthony Freedman||61|
|6||BOOM TIME||Peter G Moody||74|
|8||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston||66|
|9||CHU CHU CHARLIE||Ron Daniel||70|
|10||CINNAMON CARTER||Robbie Laing||62|
|11||CRIMSON CAPE (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||66|
|12||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||65|
|14||GIFTED LAD (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||65|
|15||GRUMPY GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||62|
|16||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren||65|
|17||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||72|
|18||LIGHT MOTION||Robert Smerdon||64|
|19||LUCQUES||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||66|
|21||MALDONADO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||62|
|23||MASTER OF MONEY||Daniel Clarken||62|
|25||NIMBOSTRATUS (NZ)||Symon Wilde||66|
|26||OCTOBER DATE||Nick Smart||80|
|27||ONCIDIUM RULER||Michael Kent||67|
|28||PERCY HENRY (NZ)||Leigh Childs||61|
|29||PRIMA (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||70|
|30||RACING WRITER||Shane Fliedner||61|
|31||SECOND OPTION||Peter G Moody||68|
|32||SPUR ON GOLD||Pat Carey||67|
|34||TIME WALKER||Phillip Stokes||62|
|35||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||66|
|36||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||65|
|37||ULTIMATE DOOM||Ricky Maund||60|
|38||VALDEZ||Graeme McCulloch & David Keating||61|
|39||VON CLASSIC HERO||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||66|
|40||WERTHER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell||86|
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