The Darren Weir-trained Howard Be Thy Name will head to Brisbane for next month’s Queensland Derby after taking out the 2016 South Australian Derby at Morphettville Racecourse.
The in-form Redoute’s Choice colt continued his ultra-consistent three-year-old season with his maiden elite level success in the $500,000 Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) with Irish jumps jockey John Allen aboard.
After travelling just off the slow pace set by eventual 11th placed Tarquin, Howard Be Thy Name came with a brave late run and was too good for the bumper SA Derby field this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.
On the line he had a half-length to spare over the John O’Shea-trained Etymology ($16) who is now a dual Derby placegetter after his second to Tarzino in the VRC edition at Flemington last spring.
Finishing off the South Australian Derby trifecta in third 2.3 lengths off the gutsy winner was the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Cool Chap ($7), stablemate of Saturday’s BTC Cup winner Malaguerra at Doomben, who jumped from the outside barrier (16 of 16) in his first run since winning the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) in Melbourne.
Howard Be Thy Name has now won five of his 11 career starts including four on the trot and three straight at Morphettville Racecourse.
Instead of heading to the paddock however, stable representative Jarrod McLean confirmed there was still more left in the tank and the horse would jump on a plane to Brisbane for a shot at the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
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2016 South Australian Derby Results
Morphettville Racecourse (Race 7) – Saturday May 14, 2016
|1||1||HOWARD BE THY NAME||Darren Weir||John Allen||–||6||56.5kg||$5|
|2||4||ETYMOLOGY||John O’Shea||Ben Melham||0.5L||12||56.5kg||$16|
|3||5||COOL CHAP||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Daniel Moor||2.3L||16||56.5kg||$7|
|4||11||ASCOT RED||John Sargent||Damian Lane||4.2L||4||56.5kg||$61|
|5||6||CHARLEVOIX||Michael Kent||Mark Zahra||4.7L||11||56.5kg||$4F|
|6||7||MAIL IT IN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||4.8L||2||56.5kg||$51|
|7||9||MANHATTAN BOSS||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Ms Linda Meech||5.8L||13||56.5kg||$41|
|8||8||RONG DOOR REGGIE||Matt Laurie||Chris Symons||6.7L||15||56.5kg||$61|
|9||16||FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ)||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||8.1L||9||54.5kg||$31|
|10||2||ROYAL RUMBLE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||8.8L||3||56.5kg||$31|
|11||3||TARQUIN||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||8.9L||7||56.5kg||$4.60|
|12||15||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||9L||5||54.5kg||$11|
|13||17e||DROPPED||Jon O’Connor||Ms Jamie Kah||9L||10||56.5kg||$201|
|14||10||BULLISH STOCK (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Matthew Neilson||10.3L||1||56.5kg||$31|
|15||12||TUFF BICKIE||Ken Keys||Joe Bowditch||11.1L||8||56.5kg||$101|
|16||14||ARCADIA DREAM||Grant Williams||Harry Coffey (a)||14.8L||14||54.5kg||$9.50|
|–||13||PRINCE OF PAGODA (NZ)||Tony McEvoy||Dom Tourneur||–||0||–||–|