South Australian Derby

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

2021 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #1 Explosive Jack
  • 2nd: #4 Let's Karaka Deel
  • 3rd: #9 Nobel Heights



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 $500,000.

The 2020 edition of the South Australian Derby offered a reduced $400,000 in prize money due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entries in the race may have previously contested the Group 3 SA 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. More recently, Qafila (2019) improved on a lead-up fourth in the Schweppes Oaks to beat home the boys in the SA Derby next start.

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.

In 2020 Russian Camelot won the SA Derby as the punters’ pick and went on to run top three in his next four Group 1 runs in Melbourne over the spring including winning the Underwood Stakes.

The favourites were in form again in the 2021 SA Derby results with the ATC Derby winner Explosive Jack completing the interstate Derby double.

The 2021 South Australian Derby ran on Saturday May 8, 2021 and was won by the ATC Derby champ Explosive Jack.

SA Derby 2021
Date: Saturday May 8, 2021
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #1 Explosive Jack
  • 2nd: #4 Let’s Karaka Deel
  • 3rd: #9 Nobel Heights

Explosive Jack ($4F) was too good for his rivals again, the upset 20/1 ATC Derby winner backing-up to dominate the 2021 South Australian Derby results and hand jockey John Allen with his fourth win in the event.

Click here to read more on the impressive SA Derby 2021 win by the now Queensland Derby-bound Explosive Jack.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 10 56.5kg $4F
2 4 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 2.4L 15 56.5kg $13
3 9 NOBEL HEIGHTS Matt Cumani Will Price (a) 5.2L 4 56.5kg $18
4 16 SHEBRINGZIT Mick Huxtable Karl Zechner 6L 3 54.5kg $101
5 2 ROYAL MILE Lee Creek Jacob Opperman (a) 7.8L 2 56.5kg $12
6 6 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 8.5L 9 56.5kg $5.50
7 15 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 8.7L 16 54.5kg $4.40
8 13 TOKEN SPIRIT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Barend Vorster 10.4L 11 56.5kg $101
9 12 SUPPRESSION (NZ) Chris Waller Todd Pannell 11.2L 13 56.5kg $101
10 3 LIQUEURO Cindy Alderson Luke Currie 11.3L 6 56.5kg $6.50
11 5 AZALY Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 13.9L 8 56.5kg $51
12 14 ICHIBANSAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Caitlin Jones 14L 14 56.5kg $81
13 8 MONTEPULCIANO Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 22.7L 1 56.5kg $81
14 10 ABREED Andrew Noblet Jason Holder 35.6L 12 56.5kg $81
15 11 SOLAR APEX Chris Waller Michael Walker 44.7L 7 56.5kg $41
16 7 MILETUS Jamie Edwards Jamie Mott 46L 5 56.5kg $41

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 South Australian Derby Betting

The top SA Derby 2021 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.

Russian Camelot ($2.90 in 2020) followed by Explosive Jack ($4 in 2021) are the latest favourites in South Australian Derby betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 Derby field is set for release on the Tuesday leading up to SA Derby Day and will be published in full below.

The 2021 South Australian Derby final field is now out featuring 16 young hopefuls led in betting by Explosive Jack in gate 10 coming off a Group 1 Australian Derby lead-up win in Sydney.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the SA Derby 2021 field and betting market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1511321 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 10 56.5kg 106
2 22×121111 ROYAL MILE Lee Creek Jacob Opperman (a) 2 56.5kg 82
3 11411 LIQUEURO Cindy Alderson Luke Currie 6 56.5kg 78
4 21025×22 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 15 56.5kg 73
5 5x5212x610 AZALY Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 8 56.5kg 72
6 234×118 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 68
7 7821×417 MILETUS Jamie Edwards Jamie Mott 5 56.5kg 67
8 x3331x7352 MONTEPULCIANO Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 1 56.5kg 66
9 616×125 NOBEL HEIGHTS Matt Cumani Will Price (a) 4 56.5kg 66
10 13×949 ABREED Andrew Noblet Jason Holder 12 56.5kg 63
11 3x2413x322 SOLAR APEX Chris Waller 7 56.5kg 62
12 2532152 SUPPRESSION (NZ) Chris Waller 13 56.5kg 62
13 81746×792 TOKEN SPIRIT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Barend Vorster 11 56.5kg 61
14 x768x66444 ICHIBANSAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Caitlin Jones 14 56.5kg 60
15 52221×2372 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 16 54.5kg 106
16 8211×40463 SHEBRINGZIT Mick Huxtable Karl Zechner 3 54.5kg 64
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 South Australian Derby Nominations

Early South Australian Derby nominations for 2021 close on Tuesday the 27th of April, 2021 and will be updated in full below once announced.

ATC Derby champion Explosive Jack headlines the 29 South Australian Derby 2021 nominations taken for the 2500m Group 1 in Adelaide this autumn.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13×949 ABREED G 3 Andrew Noblet 63
2 5x5212x610 AZALY C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 72
3 0x36225217 CHEQUERBOARD F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 74
4 234×118 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 68
5 1511321 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
6 5211633 FLEXIBLE F 3 James Cummings 74
7 31×128 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 68
8 x768x66444 ICHIBANSAN G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 60
9 x7612x3657 KHOEKHOE C 3 Matt Cumani 82
10 21025×22 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 73
11 11411 LIQUEURO G 3 Cindy Alderson 78
12 5436371134 LLANACORD (NZ) F 3 Stephen Nickalls 82
13 7821×417 MILETUS G 3 Jamie Edwards 67
14 x3331x7352 MONTEPULCIANO G 3 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 66
15 616×125 NOBEL HEIGHTS C 3 Matt Cumani 66
16 62426×6 PENONG (NZ) G 3 Travis Doudle 54
17 x52221x237 PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
18 55456 REDSKIN JIMMY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 54
19 2203×71473 REUBER G 3 Cindy Alderson 64
20 22×121111 ROYAL MILE G 3 Lee Creek 82
21 41×81 SENOR TOBA G 3 Chris Waller 78
22 8211×40463 SHEBRINGZIT F 3 Mick Huxtable 64
23 234×22 SLY CORNER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 59
24 3x2413x322 SOLAR APEX C 3 Chris Waller 62
25 92×230 SPECTACLE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 60
26 2532152 SUPPRESSION (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 62
27 633121 THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 75
28 81746×79 TOKEN SPIRIT G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 60
29 103330×291 TYCHE GODDESS F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

Jockey John Allen enjoyed his third South Australian Derby winning ride in 2020 aboard the favourite Russian Camelot who went on enjoy a hugely successful spring in Melbourne including his Cox Plate third to Sir Dragonet. The jockey returned and posted a fourth victory aboard the favourite Explosive Jack – winner of that year’s ATC Derby in Sydney – in 2021.

Recent South Australian Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
South Australian Derby
1st Explosive Jack 2 minutes 38.99 seconds
2nd Let’s Karaka Deel
3rd Nobel Heights
2020
South Australian Derby
1st Russian Camelot 2 minutes 42.02 seconds
2nd Dalasan
3rd Warning
2019
South Australian Derby
1st Qafila 2 minutes 39.06 seconds
2nd Savvy Oak
3rd Mr Quickie
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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