Michael Kent’s Cranbourne-trained colt Charlevoix has opened early favourite in South Australian Derby 2016 betting for the Adelaide feature at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend.
Continuing the elite level action of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival, Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) features a full field of 16 starters plus an emergency runner.
Sitting top of the current South Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.90 and firming for the win is nicely-bred New Approach colt Charlevoix.
Drawn in gate 11, possibly into 10, with Mark Zahra booked for the ride the youngster shoots for back-to-back wins after success at Sandown-Hillside in the Listed Galilee Final (2400m) on April 9.
He steps out over only 100m further on Saturday so is all but proven over the distance after saluting by over two lengths last time out in the mile-and-a-half lead-up.
There are three other single figure hopes in the South Australian Derby markets this season including co-$5.50 second favourites Howard Be Thy Name and Cool Chap drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers six and 17 respectively.
Melbourne Cup winning horseman Darren Weir saddles-up Redoute’s Choice colt Howard Be Thy Name who searches for his fourth straight win and third on the trot in Adelaide.
Two back he won the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) before his big 2.3 length victory on April 30 in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m).
He has a jockey change on Saturday with John Allen taking the mount on the proven Morphettville performer who has run up to 2200m when second in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) back in February.
Cool Chap meanwhile is also in flying form coming off six top three runs including his second to Saturday’s favourite Charlevoix in the Galilee Final and his last start win over last year’s Victoria Derby runner-up Etymology in Flemington’s Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) on April 25.
He had 2.25 lengths to spare on the line in the VRC St Leger and drops back 300m in distance on Saturday, but has the outside barrier to overcome.
The last SA Derby winner to get the job done from gate 16 of 16 was Kidnapped (2010), while the last horse to win the race on the back of a VRC St Leger run in Melbourne was Pantani (3rd) in 2002.
Rounding out the SA Derby chances paying under $10 in the markets at $7 is Tarquin in gate seven with Craig Williams to ride.
The John O’Shea-trained Hard Spun has had two Group 1 tests to date, including a third in the Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney last year.
He has won two of his three most recent runs, including over 2000m on April 30 at Caulfield, but rises in both class and distance on Saturday.
The best of the double-figure hopes meanwhile include Arcadia Dream ($10) and Etymology ($14) drawn in gates 15 and 12 respectively.
Perth’s Grant Williams saddles-up Domesday filly Arcadia Dream who beat home the boys two back in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) before her last start fifth in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide.
She is on the quick seven-day back-up returning to Morphettville for the second time in as many Saturdays on the weekend after doing it tough from barrier 16 of 16 against the fillies in the Oaks.
Arcadia Dream might be drawn wide again, but her trainer Williams won last year’s SA Derby with Delicacy (2015) who came off an Australasian Oaks victory 12 months ago.
Etymology meanwhile is the second O’Shea-trained runner for the Godolphin stable in the field, the colt looking to improve on his VRC St Leger second to Cool Chap from Anzac Day.
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2016 South Australian Derby Betting