Zabeelionaire Takes Out 2012 South Australian Derby

May 5th, 2012

Talented Leon Corstens-trained colt Zabeelionaire has justified his favouritism in the Group 1 2012 South Australian Derby, winning by half a length ahead of Sabrage and Westsouthwest.

With Damien Oliver in the saddle, the son of Zabeel jumped well and was happy to sit mid-field while outsider Essence set the pace up front.

Oliver held the race favourite back as long as possible and the pack was well into the straight when he came flying down the inside.

He showed an excellent turn of foot to take over a group of three horses that included the heavily-backed Strike The Stars who was unable to capitalise on the opening found for him by jockey Dwayne Dunn.

It was by far the stand out victory in Zabeelionaire’s young career and he now has three wins from 11 starts.

He has also easily paid back his original price tag of $250,000, with career prize takings now in excess of $450,000.

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South Australian Derby 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 1 56.5kg $4EF
2 2 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Luke Currie 0.6L 16 56.5kg $21
3 10 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 1.7L 15 56.5kg $21
4 1 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Dwayne Dunn 3.2L 3 56.5kg $4EF
5 17e TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 4.2L 4 56.5kg $7
6 9 LETHAL JONES Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani Jason Whiting 5.2L 2 56.5kg $31
7 6 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 5.5L 5 56.5kg $21
8 8 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing Michael Walker 6.6L 9 56.5kg $17
9 7 BACKBONE Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 7.6L 6 56.5kg $18
10 5 PELICANO Tony McEvoy Matthew Neilson 9.7L 13 56.5kg $7.50
11 12 NICONOISE David Hayes Glen Boss 10L 10 56.5kg $41
12 16 ESSENCE Phillip Stokes Ms Clare Lindop 13.3L 12 54.5kg $61
13 15 HAROLDHAUT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Joe Bowditch 16.8L 8 56.5kg $61
14 11 REIGN OF TERROR Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 16.8L 11 56.5kg $201
15 18e SOUTHERN INVASION Margaret Ruberry Shayne Cahill 39L 14 56.5kg $501
16 4 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 85.5L 7 56.5kg $10