This Saturday see’s the running of the 155th South Australian Derby. Run over the 2500m at the beautiful Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, this years’ Derby has attracted plenty of interest from trainers and connections right across Australasia.
In past years, there have been some big names to salute in the Derby: Mummify, Subzero and Gatum Gatum to name just a few.
Whilst this year on paper, the race might not look ‘vintage’, there could always be the element of surprise and we may find a “special one” in this field.
It’s easy to see why the TAB.com.au favourite Delicacy ($2.90) has been heavily backed. She’s all class this girl. Her win in the Australasian Oaks was dominant and the ride by Peter Hall was a peach. If the same Delicacy turns up on Saturday it could very well be ‘just get in the queue’.
I get the feeling that her WA team knows how good she is and that they wouldn’t risk her if she didn’t pull up a treat after her Oaks victory. I am interested to see what the long-term goals are for Delicacy. She could very well be special and certainly go on to bigger things.
I think October Date ($8) has a great chance to run in the top three and should get a lovely run from barrier two. Shayne Cahill will no doubt let the son of “Barely A Moment” settle back and run on. His run, two starts ago in Melbourne together with his last, were very good and he should run the trip right out.
Another horse to keep an eye on is the second emergency, Light Motion ($26). He may not get a start, but if he does, have a little something each way. This horse ran a cracker last start and will only improve with the extra distance. He has also been specked at longer odds with TAB.com.au.
Check out the full TAB.com.au market for the G1 South Australian Derby here.
The last two runners that catch my eye when rolling through the form are the two Kiwi visitors. Never under estimate a Kiwi in a derby. While on paper they may not read as the best in the race, they will run the trip and they certainly have a chance to figure in the finish.
I do think though the filly Delicacy, is very special. Who knows what she is capable of?
I can see her wining this race just like she won the Oaks, ears pricked and eased on the line while Peter Hall gives one of the best salutes you’ll ever see.
My Selections are: Delicacy from October Date, Gifted Lad and Light Motion (If he starts)/Boom Time.
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