A talented and capacity field of sixteen runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Charlevoix remains outright $3.70 favourite in 2016 South Australian Derby betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Howard Be Thy Name ($5) and Cool Chap ($5.50).
Will Charlevoix justify favouritism and win the 2016 South Australian Derby, or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?
Mick Kent saddled Abbey Marie to success in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) last weekend, and is a great chance of repeating the dose in the South Australian Derby with Charlevoix. Taking out the Grand Hotel Frankston Maiden (1400m) with ease on debut in February, the New Approach colt progressed to sixth in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) and fourth in the Group 2 Alister Clarke Stakes (2040m) before winning the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m) by close to three lengths on April 9th. Charlevoix should find a good position in transit from barrier 11, and will be partnered by Mark Zahra in the South Australian Derby.
Godolphin runner Etymology is a proven performer at the class and distance, has been confirmed to be partnered by Ben Melham and offers punters the best value for money in 2016 South Australian Derby betting markets at current odds. Running second in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at the conclusion of an impressive 2015 campaign, Etymology required a couple of runs to find good condition upon resuming this time, but has placed sixth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), fifth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and second in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) most recently.
Arcadia Dream ($10)
Perth raider Arcadia Dream ran a credible fifth in the Australasian Oaks, but will undoubtedly relish a step-up in distance for the South Australian Derby on Saturday. Ending her summer campaign with success in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) , the Domesday filly immediately found form upon resuming this time; running fourth in the Listed Challenge Stakes (1500m) and second in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) before taking out the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) on March 19th. Placed second in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) on April 2nd, Arcadia Dream delivered a classy field defeat in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) in her only other start prior to the Australasian Oaks.
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