South Australian Derby

The South Australian Derby 2016 at Morphettville on Saturday 14th May is a 2500m staying race for three-year-olds.

South Australian Derby News

Black Heart Bart 1 of 4 Weir horses in Underwood Stakes nominations

Black Heart Bart 1 of 4 Weir horses in Underwood Stakes nominations

Dual Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart is one of four Darren Weir trained gallopers among the sixteen nominations for the Group 1 $500,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Black Heart Bart, above, heads trainer Darren Weir’s team in the Underwood Stakes nominations. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Black Heart Bart is the winner of the Group 1 ...

The South Australian Derby is one of the four Group 1 races held as part of the Adelaide Racing Carnival. It is a 2500 metre staying event that takes place on  at the picturesque Morphettville racecourse in late April or early May each year one week before the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

The SA Derby 2016 is for three-year-olds at set weights and offers a prize purse of $500 000. Entries in the race may have previously contested the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) in February. Three-year-old fillies may come via the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on Robert Sangster Stakes Day or the Group 3 SA Oaks (2400m) two weeks before.

As the leading three-year-olds race at Adelaide, the South Australian Derby attracts high quality runners. One of the best winners was Mummify in 2003, who continued on to claim victory in that year’s Caulfield Cup in Melbourne and placed third in the Caulfield Cup the following year as well.

The staying distance and high status of the South Australian Derby means that some of the season’s finest horses compete in the race, which is why it is always a good race to watch as an indication for other important races held at the end of the year. For example, South Australian Derby winners Count Chivas (1995) and Shivas Revenge (1991) both continued on to place second in the Melbourne Cup, and the mighty Subzero won the SA Derby / Melbourne Cup double in 1992.

The 2016 South Australian Derby will be run on Saturday 14 May 2016.

South Australian Derby 2016
Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2,500m
Conditions: 3YO Open – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500 000
Inaugurated: 1860

2016 South Australian Derby Field

The 2016 South Australian Derby field is published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3332212111 HOWARD BE THY NAME Darren Weir John Allen 6 56.5kg 94
2 5×23211342 ROYAL RUMBLE Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 3 56.5kg 91
3 53x2x00131 TARQUIN John O’Shea Craig Williams 7 56.5kg 90
4 3632×90652 ETYMOLOGY John O’Shea Ben Melham 12 56.5kg 88
5 5×132121 COOL CHAP Lee & Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 17 56.5kg 76
6 1641 CHARLEVOIX Michael Kent Mark Zahra 11 56.5kg 72
7 2×55312156 MAIL IT IN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 2 56.5kg 70
8 L441x11456 RONG DOOR REGGIE Matt Laurie Chris Symons 16 56.5kg 69
9 6x17x1863 MANHATTAN BOSS Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Ms Linda Meech 14 56.5kg 68
10 1801463043 BULLISH STOCK (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Matthew Neilson 1 56.5kg 67
11 522×741231 ASCOT RED John Sargent Damian Lane 4 56.5kg 64
12 81×64454 TUFF BICKIE Ken Keys Joe Bowditch 8 56.5kg 61
13 30200×8251 PRINCE OF PAGODA (NZ) Tony McEvoy Dom Tourneur 13 56.5kg 61
14 201×421215 ARCADIA DREAM Grant Williams Harry Coffey (a) 15 54.5kg 87
15 2217×55484 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 5 54.5kg 85
16 217×137178 FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ) Grant Williams Glenn Smith 9 54.5kg 82
17e 166×704579 DROPPED Jon O’Connor 10 56.5kg 58

2016 South Australian Derby Nominations

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 3332212111 HOWARD BE THY NAME C 3 Darren Weir 1 56.5kg 94
2 5444x3N800 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2 54.5kg 93
3 5×23211342 ROYAL RUMBLE G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 3 56.5kg 91
4 53x2x00131 TARQUIN G 3 John O’Shea 4 56.5kg 90
5 3632×90652 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 5 56.5kg 88
6 201×421215 ARCADIA DREAM F 3 Grant Williams 6 54.5kg 87
7 113936 BELIEVE F 3 Anthony Cummings 7 54.5kg 86
8 2217×55484 SACRED EYE F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 8 54.5kg 85
9 440×151123 C’EST BEAU LA VIE F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 9 54.5kg 83
10 217×137178 FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ) F 3 Grant Williams 10 54.5kg 82
11 1641 CHARLEVOIX C 3 Michael Kent 11 56.5kg 72
12 5431653345 HARDERN G 3 David Brideoake 12 56.5kg 71
13 5212×44407 BELUGA BLUE F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 13 54.5kg 70
14 527×094668 PATCH ADAMS C 3 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 14 56.5kg 70
15 6x17x1863 MANHATTAN BOSS G 3 Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 15 56.5kg 68
16 5×132121 COOL CHAP G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 16 56.5kg 76
17 44144×1621 UNBREAKABLE G 3 John O’Shea 17 56.5kg 76
18 2×55312156 MAIL IT IN G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 18 56.5kg 70
19 L441x11456 RONG DOOR REGGIE G 3 Matt Laurie 19 56.5kg 69
20 314×292021 ENCOSTA LINE G 3 Chris Waller 20 56.5kg 68
21 4517×49101 DUKE OF BONEO (NZ) G 3 Darren Weir 21 56.5kg 68
22 1801463043 BULLISH STOCK (NZ) G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 22 56.5kg 67
23 2092×80413 ASHLEE MARIE F 3 Richard Laming 23 54.5kg 67
24 522×741231 ASCOT RED G 3 John Sargent 24 56.5kg 64
25 3612 BURTON G 3 David Brideoake 25 56.5kg 63
26 4×103 BO BARDI F 3 Lee & Shannon Hope 26 54.5kg 62
27 81×64454 TUFF BICKIE G 3 Ken Keys 27 56.5kg 61
28 9x3222x102 COOL TARGET G 3 Richard Jolly 28 56.5kg 61
29 4×31605 CONCUBINE F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 29 54.5kg 61
30 30200×8251 PRINCE OF PAGODA (NZ) G 3 Tony McEvoy 30 56.5kg 61
31 4732156 SPRING ACTION G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 31 56.5kg 60
32 527222 I AM RUBEN G 3 Heath Conners 32 56.5kg 59
33 166×704579 DROPPED G 3 Jon O’Connor 33 56.5kg 58
34 850×410 COLLER BAY G 3 Mick Price 34 56.5kg 58
35 43×433 DREADED (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 35 56.5kg 57
36 9x657x352 BALF’S CHOICE G 3 Ryan Balfour 36 56.5kg 55

South Australian Derby History

The South Australian Derby was first run in 1860 when Midnight won. It began as a principal race run over 12 furlongs. Not long after its inception the event was not held for a period between 1869 and 1875. It recommenced in 1876 under the same status and distance. The race did not run again from 1885 to 1889 and in the years 1942 and 1943 due to the war. The distance of the Derby was converted to 2500m in 1973 before decreasing to 2400m in length in 1978. This was one year before it reached Group 1 status in 1979. For one year in 1980 the event was raced over a distance of 2600m before dropping back to 2500m the following year in 1981.
There was no South Australian Derby held in 1983 and a few years later in 1986 the distance reverted back to 2400m. In 2001 the event was again run over 2500m and has since remained the same.

Recent South Australian Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2017
South Australian Derby
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
South Australian Derby
1st Howard Be Thy Name 2 minutes 40.08 seconds
2nd Etymology
3rd Cool Chap
2015
South Australian Derby
1st Delicacy 2 minutes 37.91 seconds
2nd Werther
3rd Allergic
2014
South Australian Derby
1st Kushadasi 2 minutes 41.98 seconds
2nd Scratchy Bottom
3rd Best Case
2013
South Australian Derby
1st Escado 2 minutes 39.05 seconds
2nd Hioctdane
3rd Shoreham
2012
South Australian Derby
1st Zabeelionaire 2 minutes 42.1 seconds
2nd Sabrage
3rd Westsouthwest
2011
South Australian Derby
1st Shadows In The Sun 2 minutes 39.8 seconds
2nd Echoes Of Heaven
3rd Lalla Rookh
2010
South Australian Derby
1st Kidnapped 2 minutes 37.21 seconds
2nd Red Colossus
3rd Sea Galleon
2009
South Australian Derby
1st Rebel Raider 2 minutes 40.39 seconds
2nd Astro Gains
3rd Fitoussi
2008
South Australian Derby
1st Zarita 2 minutes 39.5 seconds
2nd Zagreb
3rd Neugine
2007
South Australian Derby
1st Lazer Sharp 2 minutes 37.8 seconds
2nd Classic De Lago
3rd Red Lord
2006
South Australian Derby
1st Testafiable 2 minutes 43.3 seconds
2nd Empire Gold
3rd Irazu
2005
South Australian Derby
1st Tails Of Triomphe 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd Douro Valley
3rd Kamsky
2004
South Australian Derby
1st Hard To Get 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd On A Jeune
3rd Better Jetsetter
2003
South Australian Derby
1st Mummify 2 minutes 38.7 seconds
2nd Vicksburgh
3rd Lord Wooburn
2002
South Australian Derby
1st Pantani 2 minutes 37.8 seconds
2nd Silver Baron
3rd Lester Thuderwing
2001
South Australian Derby
1st Big Pat 2 minutes 36.2 seconds
2nd Bush Padre
3rd Adolescence
2000
South Australian Derby
1st Blue Murder 2 minutes 38.4 seconds
2nd Mr Nelson
3rd Voile D’Or