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
|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|