A talented full field of 16 plus three emergencies has been confirmed for this weekend’s featured Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville Racecourse, highlighted by a number of in-form Australian stayers.
Hitting peak condition when strolling home to win the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) by more than seven lengths last time out, talented three-year-old Order Of The Sun has been confirmed for a tilt at the 2014 South Australian Derby.
Contesting an impressive career of four wins and one place from only nine race starts to date, Order Of The Sun was arguably the biggest winner at Tuesday’s SA Derby barrier draw, having been allocated the ideal gate 4.
One unable to figure in either of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) or Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in either of his two appearances at the highest level of Australian racing this year, trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident her runner is the one to beat in the 2014 SA Derby, and gained a further boost when in-form jockey Vlad Duric was confirmed to take the ride.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 SA Derby is talented locally trained gelding Gamblin’ Guru.
Winning four of 14 starts and placing in a further five, Gamblin’ Guru’s chances of securing trainer Leon Macdonald a second Group 1 title in as many weeks took a huge blow when allocated the wide and awkward barrier 19 for the 2014 SA Derby.
A standout performer of South Australian racing this season, Gamblin’ Guru has finished outside the places just once in five completed races so far and has without doubt hit ideal condition in claiming his two most recent starts.
Macdonald, who saddled talented two-year-old Go Indy Go to success in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick last weekend, was not at Morphettville when Gamblin’ Guru held on for a nail-biting victory in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m), but has revealed he is confident in the chances of the New Approach gelding this weekend with regular jockey Jason Holder on board.
Also aiming to secure a third consecutive victory in the 2014 SA Derby, Bring Something offers trainer Ken Keys perhaps his best chance of securing a maiden Group 1 title, but will have to overcome barrier 14 if to do so this weekend.
Confirmed to be partnered by talented jockey Mark Zahra, Bring Something will pose a legitimate threat if in clear position rounding onto the final straight.
Figuring as trainer Michael Kent’s sole entrant in the 2014 SA Derby, Scratchy Bottom is offered great chance of continue her strong career start this weekend from the ideal inside barrier.
Securing two wins and a place from only six appearances so far, Scratchy Bottom has steadily built to the task this time in, winning the minor event over 1400 metres first-up before finishing fourth in the Group 1 The Vanity (1400m) on February 15th.
Overcoming poor position to run on for fifth amongst classy company in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) on March 14th, the Sebring filly was arguably most impressive when producing a strong sprint to finish third in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville last weekend, and will likely respond favourably to the increase in distance on Saturday.
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2014 South Australian Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||221x52F211||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||19||56.5kg||90|
|2||24144×1538||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||7||56.5kg||87|
|3||211×291124||KUSHADASI||Richard Jolly||Steven Arnold||3||56.5kg||85|
|4||1136×17081||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||Vlad Duric||4||56.5kg||83|
|5||79512×5262||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||Amy Herrmann||17||56.5kg||82|
|6||1151×76370||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||Chris Symons||10||56.5kg||78|
|7||048×817632||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes||Matthew Neilson||12||56.5kg||73|
|8||2457×65811||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||Mark Zahra||14||56.5kg||72|
|9||x0170x6110||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody||Shayne Cahill||9||56.5kg||72|
|10||63421×3411||MAJESTIC MOMENT||Richard Jolly||Joe Bowditch||5||56.5kg||68|
|11||x5x2317314||MORE REWARDING||Mick Price||Dean Yendall||2||56.5kg||67|
|12||14579×9610||SURGING WAVE||David Hayes||Michael Walker||15||56.5kg||66|
|13||419747×623||GRAVITATIONAL||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||8||56.5kg||65|
|14||0x3161230||FAMILY PRIDE (NZ)||Murray Johnson||Cory Parish||18||56.5kg||65|
|15||455×52235||REDNAV||Greg Eurell||Simon Price||13||56.5kg||62|
|16||14×1453||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent||Dom Tourneur||1||54.5kg||74|
|17e||9×56123506||LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ)||Stuart Webb||–||6||56.5kg||61|
|18e||9402×3201||WORD OF MOUTH||Leon Corstens||–||11||56.5kg||61|
|19e||01×054||STELLARIZED||Peter G Moody||–||16||56.5kg||61|