The Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) will be run at Morphettville on Saturday, May 9 and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
South Australian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the South Australian Derby:
1. DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas – Jason Holder (9) 56.5kg
2. WARNING Anthony Freedman – Damien Thornton (3) 56.5kg
3. THEMOONLITEGAMBLER John McArdle – Dean Holland (1) 56.5kg
4. RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien – John Allen (7) 56.5kg
5. MIYAKE Chris Waller – Todd Pannell (14) 56.5kg
6. SAINT EUSTACE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) – Zac Spain (6) 56.5kg
7. RISING ARCHIE Paul Preusker – Ethan Brown (12) 56.5kg
8. ROCK STEADY (NZ) Phillip Stokes – TBA (13) 56.5kg
9. ST ARNICCA Paul Preusker – Ethan Brown (5) 56.5kg
10. EXALTED AMBITION Grant Young – Ryan Hurdle (8) 56.5kg
11. SOWPODS Gordon Richards – Shayne Cahill (4) 56.5kg
12. MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman – Jake Toeroek (10) 54.5kg
13. SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy – Barend Vorster (11) 54.5kg
14. ZAYYDANI (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Dom Tourneur (2) 54.5kg
South Australian Derby Odds
Local horse Dalasan is the favourite with BetEasy.
Russian Camelot $4.20
Moonlight Maid $13
Saint Eustace $21
Silent Sovereign $26
Rising Archie $31
St Arnicca $61
Rock Steady $101
Exalted Ambition $101
South Australian Derby Tips
Anthony Freedman’s Declaration Of War gelding, Warning, is already a winner at the distance having claimed the VRC Derby (2500m) last spring.
He finished two lengths from Shadow Hero in Randwick Guineas (1600m) and was 3.7 lengths from Castelvecchio in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before failing on a Heavy track in the Australian Derby (2400m).
He then looked unsuited dropping back in trip when 3rd behind Dalasan in the Chairman’s Stakes (2035m), but really caught the eye flying home late.
He was off the bit a long way from home but really warmed up late and only really got going in the final 200m.
Interestingly, Warning and Dalasan ran identical final 600m sectionals (36.52) but Warning went two lengths quicker in the final 200m.
There is no doubt about Warning getting the trip on Saturday, and he’ll be powering home when 80 percent of the field start to drop out.
Warning went forward in the VRC Derby, so I don’t think he’ll be too far off them on Saturday.
From barrier 3, he maps to get the run of the race just behind the speed, and from there, I can’t see anything holding him out with the closing speed he showed last start.