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.

2018 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Leicester
  • 2nd: #10 Rezealient
  • 3rd: #7 Runaway



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. The SA Chairman’s Stakes – SA Derby double was recently been completed by Howard Be Thy Name (2016) and the also Darren Weir-trained Leicester (2018).

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 2018 South Australian Derby ran on Saturday May 12, 2018 and saw trainer Darren Weir secure a third win on the trot with race favourite Leicester.

SA Derby 2018
Date: Saturday May 12, 2018
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO Open – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
Inaugurated: 1860

2018 South Australian Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Leicester
  • 2nd: #10 Rezealient
  • 3rd: #7 Runaway

See below for the official South Australian Derby 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the impressive win by the favourite Leicester ($4) who saw trainer Darren Weir emulate the late Bart Cummings with three straight wins in the race on the trot.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 LEICESTER Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 56.5kg $4F
2 10 REZEALIENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 1.4L 4 56.5kg $21
3 7 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 2.1L 12 56.5kg $13
4 17e TROPICAL LIGHTNING Travis Doudle Todd Pannell 2.1L 5 56.5kg $151
5 8 WON WON TOO (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jordan Childs 2.9L 3 56.5kg $51
6 13 HIGH ’N’ DRY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Andrew Mallyon 4.1L 16 56.5kg $6
7 12 INTO RIO (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 4.7L 6 56.5kg $51
7 2 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 4.7L 15 56.5kg $31
9 5 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 4.9L 8 56.5kg $8
10 6 HIGH SHERRIF (NZ) Roger James Leith Innes 5L 10 56.5kg $9
11 15 NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH Robbie Griffiths Dom Tourneur 6.3L 9 56.5kg $61
12 9 SAVAHEAT (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 7.6L 1 56.5kg $31
13 16 BOX ON COLLINS Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 8.9L 14 56.5kg $61
14 1 TANGLED Chris Waller Michael Walker 9L 13 56.5kg $5.50
15 4 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 9.1L 11 56.5kg $14
16 11 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Shayne Cahill 13.1L 2 56.5kg $101
19e JOHNNY VINKO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 0
20e CREEDENCE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 0
14 AMEROCK Darren Weir Harry Coffey 0
18e DELOS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 0

2018 South Australian Derby Tips

  • 1st: #7 Runaway
  • 2nd: #2 Money Maher
  • 3rd: #3 Leicester

Read our full SA Derby 2018 Betting Tips & Update now.

2018 South Australian Derby Betting

The top SA Derby 2018 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.

2018 South Australian Form Guide

Stay tuned for our comprehensive 2018 South Australian Form Guide & Betting Preview.

Our insider SA Derby 2018 Form Guide Preview is available now by following the link.

2018 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 2018 Derby field is set for release on Tuesday May 8, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The 2018 SA Derby Final Field attracted a capacity line-up of three-year-olds including four for trainer Darren Weir who has prepared the past two champions and is after a third straight with a contingent led by last start Chairman’s Stakes winner at the track Leicester.

Read more on the South Australian Derby 2018 Field featuring the widely-drawn Tangled.

2018 SA Derby Field Update: The official line-up on race day still features 16 starters but includes the first emergency, last start Strathalbyn winner Tropical Lightning (5), who comes in for the scratched Darren Weir-trained Amerock (20) who had drawn the outside alley.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4220×60232 TANGLED Chris Waller Michael Walker 15 56.5kg 94
2 6177×47114 MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 17 56.5kg 80
3 4×4131241 LEICESTER Darren Weir Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 77
4 3141131758 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 13 56.5kg 76
5 12135×4005 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 10 56.5kg 75
6 1215 SHERRIF (NZ) Roger James Leith Innes 12 56.5kg 75
7 165×902311 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 14 56.5kg 74
8 07×102918 WON WON TOO (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jordan Childs 4 56.5kg 73
9 56104×1005 SAVAHEAT (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 56.5kg 73
10 8425122 REZEALIENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 5 56.5kg 70
11 015610×066 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Shayne Cahill 3 56.5kg 70
12 01608×1801 INTO RIO (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 7 56.5kg 68
13 70×5132 HIGH ’N’ DRY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Andrew Mallyon 18 56.5kg 68
14 38×0515833 AMEROCK Darren Weir Harry Coffey 20 56.5kg 67
15 3310×16 NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH Robbie Griffiths Dom Tourneur 11 56.5kg 66
16 33823×6314 BOX ON COLLINS Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 16 56.5kg 63
17e 1242×72551 TROPICAL LIGHTNING Travis Doudle Todd Pannell 6 56.5kg 65
18e 00252×6119 DELOS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 56.5kg 64
19e 22300×1622 JOHNNY VINKO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 1 56.5kg 63
20e 671304 CREEDENCE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig TBA 19 56.5kg 62

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.

Trainer Darren Weir made SA Derby history in 2018 when Leicester became his third straight winner on the trot, seeing the horseman emulate the great Bart Cummings from 40 years earlier.

Recent South Australian Derby Winners

 

Year Place Horse Time
2018
South Australian Derby
1st Leicester 2 minutes 38.95 seconds
2nd Rezealient
3rd Runaway
2017
South Australian Derby
1st Volatile Mix 2 minutes 37.09 seconds
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

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