A talented field of 41 has been nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s featured Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville Racecourse, including several noted performers over the 2014 autumn.
Resounding winner of the Listed VRC St Leger last time out, trainer Gai Waterhouse has nominated Order Of The Sun for an appearance in the 2014 South Australian Derby.
Amassing an impressive record of four wins and a place from only nine competitive starts to date, Order Of The Sun won the Klink Maiden (1600m) first-up on February 8th, and while unable to overcome early checks in both the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), produced a strong turn of foot to finish eighth amongst classy company in the Group 2 Nathan Berry Tulloch Stakes (2000m) prior to his seven length St Leger triumph.
Likely to return to the paddock following the SA Derby, Waterhouse is confident the Encosta De Lago colt is the one to beat this weekend, particularly if allocated a favourable barrier.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 South Australian Derby is classy three-year-old Scratchy Bottom.
Claiming two wins and one place from only six race starts so far, Scratchy Bottom quickly stamped her claims as one to watch when debuting with a near-four length victory in the World Class Locally Plate (1533m) in October last year before placing fourth in the particularly well contested Group 2 Don’t Hold Back Classic (1600m).
Winner of the Robert Hunter Fillies Maiden (1400m) first-up this season, the Sebring filly was unlucky to finish just outside the places when blocked for a run in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m), but quickly returned to competitive form when fifth in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) and third in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in arguably her most impressive performance to date last weekend.
Trainer Peter Moody is set to dominate the final field for the 2014 South Australian Derby, having nominated no fewer than eight of his stable’s runners, including Akagera, Cadillac Mountain and Surge Ahead.
Despite being unable to figure when fourteenth in the Australasian Oaks last time out, Akagera has returned to the track in good condition this time in, finishing third in a minor over 1400 metres first-up and fourth in both the Sportingbet Best Tote Maiden (1800m) and Procon Developments Handicap (2025m).
Securing two wins and two places from only eight race starts, Cadillac Mountain was unlucky to finish second in the Alister Clark Stakes on March 14th, and managed to overcome obstacles to finish mid pack in both the Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most recently.
Impressive when claiming three wins from four starts including the Listed Connoisseur Stakes (1800m) in his maiden preparation last spring, Surge Ahead is yet to hit peak condition over five starts this time in, but has reportedly taken to work well since his most recent appearance in the Australian Derby.
A final field of 16 plus four emergencies for the 2014 South Australian Derby is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 SA Derby Nominations
|1||AKAGERA||Peter G Moody||62|
|2||ALWAYS LUCKY (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||59|
|3||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||87|
|4||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||72|
|5||BUSINESS DECISION||Jim Smith||59|
|6||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody||75|
|8||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody||72|
|9||DE LITTLE ENGINE||Danny O’Brien||68|
|10||EVERY FAITH||Robert Smerdon||76|
|11||EXALTED TOBY||Karen Byrnes||59|
|12||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||82|
|13||FAMILY PRIDE (NZ)||Murray Johnson||65|
|14||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||90|
|16||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes||73|
|17||IN MASQUERADE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||72|
|18||KINCAPLE CHIEF (NZ)||David Hayes||63|
|20||LADS ON FIRE||Daniel Halliday||60|
|21||LADY TATIA||Peter G Moody||66|
|22||LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ)||Stuart Webb||61|
|23||MAJESTIC MOMENT||Richard Jolly||68|
|25||MEADOWS ANGEL||Karen Byrnes||68|
|27||MORE REWARDING||Mick Price||67|
|28||MOUNTAIN JACK (NZ)||Robyn & Russell Rogers||68|
|29||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||83|
|30||PERFECT COMPANY||Greg Eurell||61|
|31||QUAYSIDE||Peter G Moody||71|
|34||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent||74|
|35||SECRET METEOR||Leon Corstens||62|
|36||SOUTHERN METEOR||Peter G Moody||60|
|37||STELLARIZED||Peter G Moody||61|
|38||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||78|
|39||SURGING WAVE||David Hayes||66|
|40||SYNTHETIC (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||68|
|41||THE TERRICKS||Robbie Griffiths||62|
|42||THROW THE KING||John Sadler||70|
|45||WHISTLE STOP||Terry Kelly||61|
|46||WORD OF MOUTH||Leon Corstens||61|