2023 South Australian Derby Field & Betting: She’s Fit Favourite

May 12, 2023

2023 South Australian Derby Field & Betting: She’s Fit Favourite

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.

Red Sun Sensation

Chairman’s Stakes winner Red Sun Sensation backs up in the 2023 SA Derby field this weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

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.

The 2023 South Australian Derby is set to run as Morphettville Race 7 at 3:12pm (ACST) on Saturday’s nine-race card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

 

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