South Australian Derby

The South Australian Derby is a Group 1 staying showdown for three-year-olds offering $600,000 in prize money and run at Morphettville in May each season.

2017 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #12 Volatile Mix
  • 2nd: #1 Ruthven
  • 3rd: #5 Odeon

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

The SA Derby is for three-year-olds at set weights and offers a prize purse of $600,000. Entries in the race may have previously contested the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) at the track a fortnight earlier. Three-year-old fillies may come via the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on Robert Sangster Stakes Day. Delicacy (2015) was the last filly to complete the SA Oaks – Derby double.

As the leading three-year-olds race at Adelaide, the South Australian Derby field 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 2017 South Australian Derby ran on Saturday May 13, 2017.

SA Derby 2017
Date: Saturday May 13, 2017
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO Open – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
Inaugurated: 1860

2017 South Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #12 Volatile Mix
  • 2nd: #1 Rutheven
  • 3rd: #5 Odeon.

Check out the full South Australian Derby 2017 Results below, the race won in an upset by the Volatile Mix for last year’s winning trainer Draren Weir, while the race favourite Odeon ran third beaten just over two lengths.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 12 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 11 56.5kg $16
2 1 RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 0.6L 13 56.5kg $4
3 5 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2.3L 3 56.5kg $3.20F
4 14 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Paul Gatt 5.5L 14 54.5kg $17
5 4 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 5.7L 9 56.5kg $18
6 13 NETHERFIELD (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 5.8L 8 56.5kg $6
7 3 GRAND CHANCELLOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Noel Callow 5.9L 2 56.5kg $12
8 7 LYCURGUS Danny O’Brien Ms Katelyn Mallyon 7.2L 4 56.5kg $41
9 16 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander Jordan Childs (a) 7.5L 12 54.5kg $51
10 8 CASTA Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 9.3L 7 56.5kg $71
11 6 DORNIER John Moloney Ryan Maloney 9.9L 5 56.5kg $61
12 11 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Richard Laming Jamie Mott 10.5L 10 56.5kg $21
13 15 SEDANZER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 33.9L 1 54.5kg $21
14 9 GUN GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 34.3L 6 56.5kg $51
SB 2 WAGING WAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 0 56.5kg $16
SB 10 DOCKER PAV Nick Smart Shayne Cahill 0 56.5kg $51
19e ADATTO (NZ) Lee & Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 0
20e BEDFORD (NZ) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 0
17e ROCKSTAR REBEL Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0
18e FONTEIN LAD Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 0

2017 South Australian Derby Betting

The top SA Derby 2017 betting odds on the season’s staying three-year-olds will be available right here once betting on the lucrative Group 1 Adelaide race opens at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 South Australian Form Guide

Check out our comprehensive 2017 South Australian Form Guide & Betting Preview now.

2017 South Australian Derby Field

The SA Derby field attracts a smart line-up of mainly local three-year-old staying types with plenty of fillies backing-up off the Australasian Oaks to take on the colts and geldings at the same track over 500m further.

The official South Australian 2017 Derby field is set for release on Tuesday May 9, 2017 and will be published in full below.

The 2017 SA Derby Final Field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers including two for last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir led by Volatile Mix and the Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Waging War coming off a lead-up win in the Chairman’s Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 112×52242 RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 18 56.5kg 82
2 3341×97111 WAGING WAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 12 56.5kg 81
3 5×171212 GRAND CHANCELLOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Noel Callow 2 56.5kg 80
4 3211×35496 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 14 56.5kg 79
5 71546×1121 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 5 56.5kg 79
6 718×085631 DORNIER John Moloney Ryan Maloney 8 56.5kg 73
7 4×37451610 LYCURGUS Danny O’Brien Ms Katelyn Mallyon 6 56.5kg 72
8 61275×8021 CASTA Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 11 56.5kg 68
9 8511×07021 GUN GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 10 56.5kg 68
10 011 DOCKER PAV Nick Smart Shayne Cahill 3 56.5kg 66
11 2×3331 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Richard Laming Jamie Mott 15 56.5kg 66
12 2215×5174 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 16 56.5kg 66
13 2×1224 NETHERFIELD (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 13 56.5kg 64
14 154230 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Paul Gatt 19 54.5kg 77
15 6x911x7145 SEDANZER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 54.5kg 73
16 151305 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander Jordan Childs (a) 17 54.5kg 70
17e x123x44542 ROCKSTAR REBEL Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 7 56.5kg 65
18e 5312×51372 FONTEIN LAD Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 20 56.5kg 64
19e 43451×4936 ADATTO (NZ) Lee & Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 9 56.5kg 63
20e 76×24182 BEDFORD (NZ) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 4 56.5kg 62

2017 South Australian Derby Nominations

The early South Australian Derby 2017 nominations close on Tuesday May 2, over a week before the race, and will be available here once released by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).

The official 2017 South Australian Derby Nominations drew 35 three-year-old stayers including the likes of the Chairman’s Stakes winner Waging War, the Ciaron Maher-trained ATC Derby graduate Ruthven and a number of smart fillies that have a lead-up run in the Australasian Oaks.

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
2018
South Australian Derby
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
South Australian Derby
1st Volatile Mix 2 minutes 37.09
2nd Ruthven
3rd Odeon
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