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SA Derby

The SA Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds that takes place annually in early May at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2500 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $600,000 in prize money. The 2019 SA Derby was won by Qafila from Savvy Oak with Mr Quickie third.

One of two group races on the day, the SA Derby is held alongside the Group 2 Sire Produce Stakes for two-year-olds.

SA Derby info

Date: Saturday 9th May 2020
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 2500 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
2019 Winner: Qafila
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The SA Derby is the premier staying race for three-year-olds during the autumn racing carnival in Adelaide and the 2500m distance of the race provides a true staying test for those 3yo gallopers engaged. The set weight conditions of the race gives a distinct advantage to the best three-year-old performers in the race.

Competitive three-year-old colts & geldings who contested the Group 3 Chairmans Stakes the previous week at Morphettville will likely tackle this event, while Fillies who contested the Group 1 Australasian Oaks earlier in the carnival may decide to take on the males in this race. Leicester (2018) and Howard Be Thy Name (2016) are the most recent winners of the Chairman's Stakes and SA Derby double.

Kushadasi (2014) finished fourth in the Chairman's Stakes before winning the Derby, while Echoes Of Heaven (2nd in 2011) came third in the Chairmans Stakes before running second in this race.

The SA Derby generally attracts above average three-year-olds and over the years has provided a Caulfield Cup winner & placegetter with Mummify (2003) winning the 2003 Caulfield Cup and then finishing third the following year in 2004.

Count Chivas (1995) and Shivas Revenge (1991) both went on to run second in a Melbourne Cup after winning this race, while Subzero (1992) was good enough to win our most famous race the same year he won the SA Derby. More recently Rebel Raider (2009) scored an upset win in the 2008 AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington before thrashing his rivals in this race the following autumn.

New Zealand galloper Werther (2nd in 2015) travelled to Brisbane, Queensland, to win the weight-for-age Group 2 PJ O'Shea Stakes at Doomben after finishing second in the SA Derby.

Qafila (2019) ran fourth in the Australiasian Oaks over 2500m at Morphettville before leading her male rivals a merry dance in this event for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable at Euroa.

Recent SA Derby winners include Leicester (2018) and Volatile Mix (2017).

2019 SA Derby result

1. $14.00 Qafila 54.5 Cory Parish
2. $26.00 Savvy Oak 56.5 Michael Walker
3. $2.50 Mr Quickie 56.5 John Allen

then followed
4. $5.00 Chapada 56.5 William Pike
5. $15.00 Secret Blaze 56.5 Luke Currie
6. $7.00 Declarationofheart 56.5 Clayton Douglas
7. $201.00 Manzala 56.5 Jarrod Lorensini
8. $31.00 Star Missile 56.5 Ben Allen
9. $21.00 Mangione 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
10. $101.00 Resurge 56.5 Todd Pannell
11. $101.00 Zesto 56.5 Jason Maskiell
12. $81.00 Gayson 56.5 Stephen Baster
13. $9.00 Ridgewood Drive 56.5 Damien Thornton
14. $26.00 Classic Weiwei 56.5 Barend Vorster
15. $81.00 Star Status 56.5 Raquel Clark
16. $151.00 Zouy's Comet 56.5 Jamie Mott

Margins: 3.4 len, 0.8 len
Time: 2:39.06

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SA Derby winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Qafila Savvy Oak Mr Quickie 2:39.0
2018 Leicester Rezealient Runaway 2:38.9
2017 Volatile Mix Ruthven Odeon 2:37.0
2016 Howard Be Thy Name Etymology Cool Chap 2:40.0
2015 Delicacy Werther Allergic 2:37.9
2014 Kushadasi Scratchy Bottom Best Case 2:41.9
2013 Escado Hioctdane Shoreham 2:39.0
2012 Zabeelionaire Sabrage Westsouthwest 2:42.1
2011 Shadows In The Sun Echoes Of Heaven Lalla Rookh 2:39.8
2010 Kidnapped Red Colossus Sea Galleon 2:37.2
2009 Rebel Raider Astro Gains Fitoussi 2:40.3
2008 Zarita Zagreb Neugine 2:39.5
2007 Lazer Sharp Classic De Lago Red Lord 2:37.8
2006 Testafiable Empire Gold Irazu 2:43.3
2005 Tails Of Triomphe Douro Valley Kamsky 2:37.7
2004 Hard To Get On A Jeune Better Jetsetter 2:37.1
2003 Mummify Vicksburgh Lord Wooburn 2:38.7
2002 Pantani Silver Baron Lester Thunderwing 2:37.8
2001 Big Pat Bush Padre Adolescence 2:36.2
2000 Blue Murder Mr Nelson Voile D'Or 2:38.4
1999 Showella Seasquill Our Position 2:36.7
1998 Bulta Prince Standaan The Hind 2:39.2
1997 Markham Kings Landing Derobe 2:39.8
1996 Cheviot Hurricane Storm Pay Back Time 2:36.8
1995 Count Chivas Storm Scrupulous 2:38.6
1994 Bullwinkle Battle Hawk Paxmat Will 2:31.9
1993 Our Pompeii Sentaway McBrave 2:32.8
1992 Subzero Dark Ksar Tolomeran 2:35.1
1991 Shivas Revenge All Mine Brave Expectations 2:33.4
1990 Diego Double Gin Red Chase 2:29.4
1989 Sea Brigand The Phantom Bar Landy 2:33.3
1988 Celtic Spirit Kaapstad Apollo Run 2:30.0