The most notable omission from the official South Australian Derby 2015 field for this weekend’s Group 1 Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival feature is the VRC St Leger winner Authoritarian.
Lee & Anthony Freedman’s gelding was not one of the final acceptances taken by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) on Tuesday morning for the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), which runs as Morphettville Race 7 at 3:53pm (AEST) on Saturday.
A capacity field of 16 confirmed starters plus four emergencies is in the mix, but the pre-post favourite in the early South Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Authoritarian is not one of them.
The new favourite in updated South Australian Derby betting is now likely to be the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy, the Perth-based youngster out to become the first filly to beat home the boys in the race since Zarita (2008).
Williams’ daughter of Al Maher has won nine of her 13 career starts to date, including her past five on the trot including the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double over the mile and a half back in Perth earlier this autumn.
Last time out she had her interstate debut in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville only last Saturday, which she won as a 6/1 chance beating Fenway by one and a quarter lengths.
She goes on the short seven day turnaround into the Derby on Saturday and will need to be at her best after drawing barrier 14, which will become 11 if all the emergencies come out.
Two other last start winners the bookies are set to favour for the SA Derby victory this autumn are the Nigel Blackiston-trained Manapine and Nick Smart’s October Date, both drawn well in barriers six and two respectively.
Dwayne Dunn has the ride on Manhattan Rain gelding Manapine, the Australian Guineas failure (10th) last seen winning the Listed Galilee Final (2500m) at Flemington on April 11.
October Date has Shayne Cahill retaining the ride this weekend after the pair combined on Anzac Day at Morphettville to win the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) by a nose, the race which produced last year’s SA Derby winner Kushadasi.
Also coming off a top three Chairman’s Stakes run are the second placed Maysoor for Melbourne’s Mick Price and third placed Chu Chu Charlie from the Port Fairy stables of Ron Daniel.
Another one of the early top fancies, Magicool, is set to drift in the markets meanwhile after the Mark Kavanagh-trained Fastnet Rock gelding drew the outside alley.
A winner over 2000m at Caulfield two back, Magicool ran a below par eighth in the Chairman’s Stakes and is out to become the first SA Derby winner from barrier 16 of 16 since the Peter Snowden-trained Kidnapped (2010) five years ago.
Wearing the number one saddlecloth in Saturday’s feature and also drawn awkwardly in barrier 18 (into 14) is the Andrew Campbell-trained Werther.
Noel Callow rides the consistent Tavistock gelding, the New Zealand raider set to make his debut down under on Saturday on the back of a Group 2 win over 2100m at Ellerslie on April 18.
Other notable South Australian Derby final acceptors for this weekend include the Peter Moody-trained Flying Spur colt Boom Time coming off a third to Delicacy in the Group 2 WATC Derby, the flying John O’Shea-trained Allergic after his third win on the trot after back-to-back Cranbourne victories, VRC St Leger runner-up Cuban Fighter and Pat Carey’s improving Domesday gelding All I Survey.
See below for the full South Australian Derby 2015 field, barriers and jockeys – the updated odds set for release online at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly!
2015 South Australian Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 7 (3:53pm) – 09/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x386x19121||WERTHER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell||Noel Callow||18||56.5kg||84|
|2||19×2141||OCTOBER DATE||Nick Smart||Shayne Cahill||2||56.5kg||80|
|3||2155×84618||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||20||56.5kg||78|
|4||292×834313||BOOM TIME||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||9||56.5kg||74|
|5||2×10061||MANAPINE||Nigel Blackiston||Dwayne Dunn||6||56.5kg||71|
|6||34×6312811||ALLERGIC||John O’Shea||Patrick Moloney (a)||1||56.5kg||71|
|7||23221×123||CHU CHU CHARLIE||Ron Daniel||Dean Yendall||10||56.5kg||70|
|8||35×63132||ALL I SURVEY||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||7||56.5kg||67|
|9||52x82x1025||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3||56.5kg||66|
|10||6×51230910||LUCQUES||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||TBA||17||56.5kg||66|
|11||5×6011||CRIMSON CAPE (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||8||56.5kg||66|
|12||4279×60012||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||Joe Bowditch||16||56.5kg||65|
|13||7160×20226||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||19||56.5kg||65|
|14||7x5x6242||MAYSOOR||Mick Price||Dom Tourneur||5||56.5kg||64|
|15||6×3104||TIME WALKER||Phillip Stokes||Steven Arnold||12||56.5kg||62|
|16||15×2311111||DELICACY||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||14||54.5kg||100|
|17e||38812013||GIFTED LAD (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||4||56.5kg||65|
|18e||821×722||LIGHT MOTION||Robert Smerdon||TBA||13||56.5kg||64|
|20e||70×7137||GRUMPY GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||11||56.5kg||62|