A capacity field of 16 plus three emergencies has been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the featured 2014 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville this weekend, offering racing fans a particularly generous race from a betting point of view.
Having strolled home to win the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) last time out, Order Of The Sun has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 South Australian Derby; currently featured at even $4 odds.
Claiming four wins and one place from only nine competitive race starts to date, Order Of The Sun has contested a largely consistent five race preparation this time in; winning the Klink Maiden (1600m) first-up, and while unable to figure in contention in either of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) or Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), appeared far better for the experience when winning the St Leger last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4 and confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Vlad Duric, Order Of The Sun is a great chance of success in the 2014 SA Derby.
Aiming for a third consecutive race win in the South Australian Derby, talented three-year-old Bring Something is currently sole occupant on the second line of betting for success this weekend at $4.80 odds.
Securing two wins and one place from 10 on-track appearances, Bring Something has arguably hit peak condition in his current preparation; finishing sixth in the well-contested Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 8th before bursting from the rear of the pack to claim an unlucky fifth in a fanning finish to the Group 1 Autumn Classic (1800m).
While unable to handle the heavy going of the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) on March 14th, the Sebring gelding secured ideal preparation for the SA Derby when claiming a minor event of 2025m and the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m) most recently.
Despite being allocated the reasonable awkward barrier 14 for this weekend’s Group 1, trainer Ken Keys is confident regular jockey Mark Zahra will once again get the best from his runner in the 2014 SA Derby.
Offered at particularly generous odds of $7.50, Scratchy Bottom is firming as a great chance for success in the South Australian Derby after being allocated the ideal barrier 1.
Unlucky to finish just outside the places in fourth when blocked for a run in the Group 2 Don’t Hold Back Classic (1600m) at the conclusion of her maiden preparation, Scratchy Bottom has returned to the track in particularly promising form this season; winning the Robert Hunter Fillies Maiden (1400m) first-up and working towards an impressive run for third in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) last weekend.
Confirmed to be partnered by leading local jockey Dom Tourneur, trainer Michael Kent is confident the Sebring filly will break through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing this weekend.
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