Savvy Dreams Takes on Boys in SA Derby 2017

Things might have gone amiss down under so far for visiting Kiwi filly Savvy Dreams but her trainers Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen will press on with a run against the colts and geldings in Saturday’s 2017 SA Derby field.


Odeon is early favourite to win the SA Derby 2017 in Adelaide this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Third to subsequent Australian Oaks winner Bonneval in the Group 1 NZ Oaks (2400m) back in March, Savabeel filly Savvy Dreams is one of a capacity field of three-year-olds engaged for the $600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on the weekend.

She returns to the track where she had her maiden run in Australia on April 22, things not going to plan with Savvy Dreams running nearly six lengths away 10th to the Darren Weir-trained Kenedna in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m).

Her Hastings-based training team were hoping for atonement last Saturday accepting Savvy Dreams for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2010m).

During the pre-race drama on Robert Sangster Stakes Day however the filly was scratched at the barriers along with Ceylon after flipping over behind the stalls.

Tuesday morning saw Racing South Australia stewards clear Savvy Dreams to run this weekend with the team pressing on with plans to test her over the 2500m in the SA Derby.

She proved her fitness with a jumpout in front of the stewards and showed she had taken no ill-effects from her late Oaks scratching.

“She worked over 1500m with three other horses in a jumpout [on Tuesday morning], and she worked really well, she didn’t put a foot wrong,” co-trainer Lowry told Racing Victoria.

“The Schweppes Oaks and South Australian Derby were always her goals, but to miss out on the Oaks was really disappointing.

“She’s a fragile filly, particularly behind the gates, but she is absolutely fine.”

The Grant Williams-trained Delicacy (2015) is the only other filly along with Zarita (2008) to dominate the South Australian Derby results since Showella (1999).

Savvy Dreams suffered another early blow drawing the second widest barrier for the SA Derby and will jump from gate 15 of 16 on Saturday afternoon.

Recent history shows however that since 2005, three SA Derby winners jumped from barrier 16 giving hope to connections that the horror run of luck this autumn with Savvy Dreams will end this weekend.

“She’s used to bad draws now, it won’t be a problem,” Lowry added.

Current favourite in the SA Derby odds at bookmakers around the country is the Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Odeon.

The Zacinto gelding was runner-up to Grand Chancellor at Morphettville two back in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) before saluting over 2000m at Caulfield on April 29.

Odeon drew ideally with barrier five and has jockey Damian Lane booked for the ride, while Paul Gatt retains the mount on Savvy Dreams.

Gatt chases his second winning South Australian Derby ride having partnered 50/1 roughie Tails Of Triomphe to victory back in 2005.

Head to for the top Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival odds including those on the South Australian Derby this weekend.


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