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.

2022 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Jungle Magnate
  • 2nd: #11 Yaphet
  • 3rd: #6 Detonator Jack



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 $502,250.

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), the fellow Darren Weir-trained Leicester (2018) and Jungle Magnate (2022).

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 2022 South Australian Derby ran on Saturday May 14, 2022 and was won by the Chairman’s Stakes winner Jungle Magnate ($7.50). 

SA Derby 2022
Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $502,250

2022 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Jungle Magnate ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #11 Yaphet
  • 3rd: #6 Detonator Jack

Click here to read more on the 2022 South Australian Derby win by Jungle Magnate for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 9 56.5kg $7.50
2 11 YAPHET Cliff Brown Ben Allen 1.7L 10 56.5kg $10
3 6 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2.5L 11 56.5kg $3.50
4 1 ALEGRON James Cummings Damien Oliver 4.5L 1 56.5kg $3.10F
5 7 THE NEPHEW Patrick Payne Billy Egan 5.5L 2 56.5kg $26
6 15 PHERE THE EX Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 5.7L 4 56.5kg $61
7 16 LADY CHANT Brock Lewthwaite Ms Kayla Crowther 9.3L 3 54.5kg $61
8 5 HARLEYMOVEN Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ryan Hurdle 14.4L 8 56.5kg $9
9 17e TEXAS TEA (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown 17.6L 7 56.5kg $41
10 12 KING OF PHARAOHS Roslyn Day Callan Murray 20.7L 12 56.5kg $151
11 14 SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jake Noonan 20.8L 16 56.5kg $201
12 13 CLAIDHEAMH MOR Gemma Rielly Joe Bowditch 21.3L 14 56.5kg $51
13 4 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 23.3L 6 56.5kg $21
14 9 SAINT TROPEZ Lloyd Kennewell Beau Mertens 30.7L 13 56.5kg $61
15 10 WATER INTO WINE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 33.8L 5 56.5kg $61
16 8 SON OF EMPEROR Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jason Holder 47.4L 15 56.5kg $51
19e BRING THE STARS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 0
20e SIX FOOT SONG John Macmillan 0
2 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 0
18e TURFIE Patrick Keane 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 South Australian Derby Betting

The top SA Derby 2022 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.

2022 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 2022 Derby field is set for release on the Tuesday leading up to SA Derby Day and will be published in full below.

The 2022 South Australian Derby final field features a capacity line-up of young stayers led in betting by James Cummings’ last start VRC St Leger winner Alegron and the unbeaten Detonator Jack for the Maher/Eustace stable.

  • Scratched: #2 Teewaters (1)

Click here to read more on the key runners in the South Australian Derby 2022 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15432×8031 ALEGRON James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 56.5kg 101
2 023133×807 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 1 56.5kg 90
3 1x8230x191 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 12 56.5kg 86
4 21920×033 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8 56.5kg 78
5 1×71252112 HARLEYMOVEN Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ryan Hurdle 11 56.5kg 76
6 111 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 56.5kg 74
7 61×5711727 THE NEPHEW Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 56.5kg 73
8 x5221x5110 SON OF EMPEROR Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jason Holder 19 56.5kg 72
9 15317×8183 SAINT TROPEZ Lloyd Kennewell Beau Mertens 17 56.5kg 72
10 128141 WATER INTO WINE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7 56.5kg 70
11 x5291x2414 YAPHET Cliff Brown Ben Allen 13 56.5kg 67
12 361243×10 KING OF PHARAOHS Roslyn Day Callan Murray 16 56.5kg 67
13 55×0151 CLAIDHEAMH MOR Gemma Rielly Joe Bowditch 18 56.5kg 66
14 8349×87714 SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jake Noonan 20 56.5kg 65
15 4x85333x15 PHERE THE EX Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 6 56.5kg 64
16 2×23150 LADY CHANT Brock Lewthwaite Ms Kayla Crowther 5 54.5kg 74
17e 81002×3 TEXAS TEA (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown (late alt) 10 56.5kg 62
18e 2×4321 TURFIE Patrick Keane 9 56.5kg 61
19e 2212638×53 BRING THE STARS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 14 56.5kg 60
20e 45×622621 SIX FOOT SONG John Macmillan 2 56.5kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 South Australian Derby Nominations

Early South Australian Derby nominations for 2021 close on Tuesday the 3rd May, 2022 and will be updated in full below once announced.

The 2022 South Australian Derby nominations drew 36 young stayers including Godolphin’s dual Group 1 Derby place-getter Alegron and the undefeated Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Detonator Jack.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 04421×4637 AITCH D’AMICO G 3 Byron Cozamanis 57
2 8142×048 AKTOLGALI G 3 Robert Hickmott 64
3 15432×8031 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings 101
4 8274×218 ALL SO CLEAR G 3 Ben & JD Hayes 63
5 8×62662626 ALPINE BEAU G 3 John Hickmott & Carrina Riggs 58
6 52×616321 ANYTHINK GOES C 3 Matthew Smith 64
7 x94420x665 BLUSHING TYCOON G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 71
8 2212638×53 BRING THE STARS G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 60
9 727x21x62 CABOTEUR G 3 David Payne 60
10 55×0151 CLAIDHEAMH MOR G 3 Gemma Rielly 66
11 21920×033 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
12 111 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 74
13 172540 ELZAMEE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 70
14 55133 FEARENTLESS F 3 Paul Preusker 66
15 1×71252112 HARLEYMOVEN G 3 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 76
16 531 HOLLYWOOD PARK (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 62
17 1x8230x191 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 86
18 2×23150 LADY CHANT F 3 Brock Lewthwaite 74
19 2 MR I’M A BELIEVER (IRE) G 3 Peter G Moody 59
20 4x85333x15 PHERE THE EX G 3 Ben & JD Hayes 64
21 15317×8183 SAINT TROPEZ C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 72
22 8349×87714 SEBASTIAN THE FOX G 3 Shay Keating 65
23 86384 SIROCCO GALE G 3 Chris Waller 56
24 45×62262 SIX FOOT SONG G 3 John Macmillan 58
25 969×149050 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings 67
26 14654 TAVISTORM (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 63
27 023133×807 TEEWATERS G 3 Archie Alexander 90
28 81002×3 TEXAS TEA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 62
29 61×5711727 THE NEPHEW G 3 Patrick Payne 73
30 2×4321 TURFIE G 3 Patrick Keane 61
31 03660×2321 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan 60
32 524×37235 VADABOY (NZ) G 3 Simon Zahra 58
33 128141 WATER INTO WINE G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 70
34 452 WHIRLY JIG G 3 Ken & Kasey Keys 58
35 2x5291x241 YAPHET G 3 Cliff Brown 67
36 417×316845 ZOUMON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 72

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
2022
South Australian Derby
1st Jungle Magnate 2 minutes 37.31 seconds
2nd Yaphet
3rd Detonator Jack
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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