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.

2020 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Russian Camelot
  • 2nd: #1 Dalasan
  • 3rd: #2 Warning



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.

The 2020 South Australian Derby ran on Saturday May 9, 2020 and saw the favourite Russian Camelot post an outstanding win for the punters. 

SA Derby 2020
Date: Saturday May 9, 2020
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000 ($400,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

2020 SA Derby Results

  • 1st: #4 Russian Camelot
  • 2nd: #1 Dalasan
  • 3rd: #2 Warning

Russian Camelot lived up to the hype in the SA Derby 2020 results, the Danny O’Brien-trained Northern Hemisphere three-year-old saluting for the punters after racing three-deep out the back with no cover in the 2500m staying showdown.

Click here to read more on the potential Melbourne Cup-bound 2020 SA Derby winner Russian Camelot.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien John Allen 7 56.5kg $2.90F
2 1 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 1.8L 9 56.5kg $3.80
3 2 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 2.8L 3 56.5kg $4.40
4 14 ZAYYDANI (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dom Tourneur 3.8L 2 54.5kg $13
5 12 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Jake Toeroek 6.7L 10 54.5kg $10
6 3 THEMOONLITEGAMBLER John McArdle Dean Holland 11.9L 1 56.5kg $19
7 6 SAINT EUSTACE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 12L 6 56.5kg $26
8 8 ROCK STEADY (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dylan Caboche (a) 14.7L 12 56.5kg $151
9 10 EXALTED AMBITION Grant Young Ryan Hurdle 18.9L 8 56.5kg $201
10 9 ST ARNICCA Paul Preusker Caitlin Jones (a) 23.4L 5 56.5kg $151
11 11 SOWPODS Gordon Richards Shayne Cahill 27.5L 4 56.5kg $201
12 7 RISING ARCHIE Paul Preusker Ethan Brown 46.2L 11 56.5kg $51
5 MIYAKE Chris Waller Todd Pannell 0
13 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 0

2020 South Australian Derby Betting

The top SA Derby 2020 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) was the last favourite in South Australian Derby betting to salute for the punters.

2020 South Australian 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 2020 Derby field is set for release on the Tuesday leading up to SA Derby Day and will be published in full below.

The 2020 South Australian Derby final field features 14 smart three-year-olds led in betting by last start Chairman’s Handicap winner Dalasan and the VRC Derby champ from last November Warning.

Click here to read more on the SA Derby 2020 field and betting favourites.

Update: #13 Silent Sovereign (11)  and # Miyake (14) have been scratched from the race leaving 12 in the mix.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 251×355511 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 9 56.5kg 103
2 4121×75563 WARNING Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 3 56.5kg 102
3 312×1532 THEMOONLITEGAMBLER John McArdle Dean Holland 1 56.5kg 72
4 12×41 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien John Allen 7 56.5kg 73
5 69x512x01 MIYAKE Chris Waller Todd Pannell 14 56.5kg 67
6 64×9172 SAINT EUSTACE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 6 56.5kg 67
7 5×47213 RISING ARCHIE Paul Preusker Ethan Brown 12 56.5kg 61
8 7315 ROCK STEADY (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dylan Caboche (a) 13 56.5kg 59
9 8833318240 ST ARNICCA Paul Preusker Caitlin Jones (a) 5 56.5kg 58
10 6260×53826 EXALTED AMBITION Grant Young Ryan Hurdle 8 56.5kg 58
11 137×463858 SOWPODS Gordon Richards Shayne Cahill 4 56.5kg 53
12 4x4123x652 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Jake Toeroek 10 54.5kg 85
13 142469×410 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 11 54.5kg 75
14 11×627 ZAYYDANI (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dom Tourneur 2 54.5kg 69

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.

Recent South Australian Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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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