Adelaide Racing S.A. Derby Day
Race 7 at Morphettville Adelaide Saturday Racing Tips this week with analyst Value Victor is the Group 1 South Australian Derby. The South Australian Derby will be the feature race of our Adelaide Racing Tips as part of the Adelaide Winter Racing Carnival. Our Expert Adelaide Racing Tips analyst Value Victor will be there with all the action.
The South Australian Derby is when the 3 year olds are on show over the Adelaide Racing Tips Winter Carnival with the running of the gruelling 2500m event for the stayers. We also see those horses in action who may not have made it to the staying trip and they battle it out in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) for the 3yo’s. It is also a day that we also see the youngsters stretch out over a little more ground as the 2yo’s go to battle in the Group 3 Sires Produce Stakes.
South Australian Derby – Group 1 2500m
The South Australian Derby is a Group 1 race run over 2500m for the 3YO’s at Morphettville racecourse during the Adelaide Racing Tips Winter Carnival. It presents the late maturing 3 year olds with one last chance to gather some Group 1 glory before the conclusion of the racing season that sends them into their 4 year old year.
The South Australian Derby presents the late maturing 3 year olds with one last chance to gather some Group 1 glory before the conclusion of the racing season that sends them into their 4 year old year. The Derby is no doubt one of the greatest endurance tests for any 3 year old. The 2500m for the yet fully matured horse is a big test but there is no doubt those that handle it well can go on to make their names in some of the nations big staying races.
Recent history maybe doesn’t reflect this point at its best however with names like Subzero (1992), Mapperly Heights (1984), Shivas Revenge (1991) Count Chivas (1995) and Mummify (2003) all winners of this race. This shows that the top class staying races like the Melbourne up and Caulfield Cup are not beyond the winner of this race. Quafila, Mr Quickie who ran a super race here then went on to win the Queensland Derby holding off the subsequent Melbourne Cup Winner Vow And Declare shows if you dig a little deeper the form lines are there. Last year we had the two brilliant horses Russian Camelot and Dalasan run the quinella in the Derby.
Key Lead up races or path to the Derby
Horses engaged in the South Australian Derby follow one of 3 roads there. There is the traditional 3 race program that incorporates:
* Port Adelaide Guineas (listed 1800m) and Chairman’s Stake (Group 3 2000m) and then the Derby a fortnight later.
* The second road is competing in mile/2000 metre restricted age races in Melbourne as the lead up to the Derby.
* The third option is left to those who perhaps failed to measure up to the top liners over “the Championships” at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. They are sent to Adelaide as at times a bit of an “afterthought” but still do have a reasonable rate of success.
It is also worth noting that it is the first time many of these horses have been to the 2500m so identifying a horse bred stoutly can be a guide into the horses ability to run the trip.
Sires Produce Stakes and Adelaide Guineas
The SA Sires Produce is a Group 3 race for the 2YO’s run at set weight conditions over 1400m at Morphettville racecourse worth $120,000. Horses generally come into this race following a run in the SA Breeders Stakes over 1200m a fortnight earlier over the Adelaide Racing Tips Carnival. It is the first race run beyond 1200m for the 2YOs over the Adelaide Carnival.
The Adelaide Guineas is a Listed race for 3yo’s run over 1600m at Morphettville racecourse worth $100,000. The Guineas attracts 2 different styles of horses. It will be either those horses stepping up in journey from the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) run 2 weeks earlier. Or you will find horses dropping back in trip from possibly the Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) and failed to stay hence they don’t press on toward the Derby. This tends to do is make it a tremendously tactical race. The horses dropping back in trip hold the fitness advantage however those going to the mile the first time may have a speed advantage. In these 2 scenarios we always prefer backing fitness over speed, so we will generally be on the horse dropping back in trip.
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