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It has been a few years since the fillies were on top but the punters are coming for the Dan Morton-trained WA raider She’s Fit to beat home the boys at Morphettville in Saturday’s South Australian Derby 2023.
A capacity field of young stayers faces off in the time-honoured Group 1 $502,250 Thomas Farms South Australian Derby (2500m) on the weekend with the in-form She’s Fit heading the markets at $4.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The nicely-bred daughter of Pride Of Dubai is proven over the mile and a half having won the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) by a solid margin back home in late March.
She was then brave taking on the boys when third to Awesome John in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) before travelling to Adelaide for her narrow last start second from a wide alley behind Affaire A Suivre in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on April 29.
This Saturday She’s Fit presents just that, rock-hard fit and ready to bounce back to winning form back over a trip from a better barrier with Chris Parnham coming aboard for the ride.
The danger occupying the second line of South Australian Derby betting is the early market mover Loco backed in from $8 to $5.50.
The So You Think gelding is prepared in Victoria by last year’s SA Derby winning trainers Mick Price & Michael Kent Junior.
He comes off three straight seconds including his close finish here a fortnight back in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m).
The Peter Moody-trained Chairman’s Stakes winner Red Sun Sensation is also in the mix for Saturday’s Group 1 paying $13 to do the double Jungle Magnate (2022) achieved last year.
The other key last start winner in the South Australian Derby field looking to make it three on the trot is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Promises Kept ($6.50) drawn barrier nine for jockey Mark Zahra.
The son of Cluster has his first start for the Maher/Eustace stable on Saturday having been transferred from the care of Greg Eurell and races for the first time since his 3.25 length romp home at Bendigo in the St. Leger Trial (2200m) in early April.
Maher & Eustace prepared Explosive Jack for his 2021 SA Derby success and also saddle-up Ain’t He Grand ($27) from out wide in this year’s event.
Shorter in the markets at single-figures are the likes of ATC Derby / Chairman’s Stakes third place-getter Suizuro ($7) with the outside alley to overcome and the consistent Aberfeldie Boy ($9.50) who ran third in the VRC Derby last spring over this trip.
2023 South Australian Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x2x1110233||SUIZURO||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Opie Bosson||20||56.5kg||90|
|2||3243×13||ABERFELDIE BOY||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Craig Newitt||16||56.5kg||86|
|3||1211119||DUNKEL (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Billy Egan||8||56.5kg||80|
|4||9x411x0775||HIGH APPROACH||Dan O’Sullivan||John Allen||5||56.5kg||80|
|5||x1325x6361||RED SUN SENSATION||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||56.5kg||75|
|6||89×3421||BENGAL BOY||Matt Cumani||Declan Bates||7||56.5kg||72|
|7||1222||LOCO||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Damien Oliver||15||56.5kg||72|
|8||32913×311||GOTTABESAVVY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Todd Pannell||18||56.5kg||71|
|9||80×922911||PROMISES KEPT||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||9||56.5kg||70|
|10||410×454||AIN’T HE GRAND||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Allen||17||56.5kg||70|
|11||93×851||DUNWOODY (NZ)||Matt Cumani||Jarrod Fry||4||56.5kg||67|
|12||19×3251||CAPTAIN PLUTO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||1||56.5kg||67|
|13||213623||NORTHERN BARRAGE||Michael Kent||Jason Holder||6||56.5kg||66|
|14||4423418×21||RESERVOIR DOG||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Jake Toeroek||14||56.5kg||64|
|15||x3131x5397||PRINCE TIKEA||Travis Doudle||Dom Tourneur||3||56.5kg||64|
|16||6×6231132||SHE’S FIT||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||11||54.5kg||87|
|17e||8x24212x71||XTRAREVZ||John Sargent||Kerrin McEvoy||13||56.5kg||63|
|18e||x231464374||NIGHTSUN||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||12||56.5kg||62|
|19e||3218||IMPENDING LINK||Greg Eurell||2||56.5kg||62|
|20e||0441||SAMUEL LANGHORNE (NZ)||Michael Kent||19||56.5kg||62|
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