South Australian Derby

South Australian Derby, Morphettville

Looking for early info on this year’s South Australian Derby? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 2,500 metres, the South Australian Derby is a Group 1 race taking place at Morphettville Racecourse in May each Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival. Carrying a $502,250 prize purse, the event is open to three-year-old stayers and traditionally attracts a quality line-up of both local and interstate talent. For 2020 the purse for the SA Derby was reduced to $400,000 due to COVID-19. 

If you’re looking for a good lead in race to this one, consider the SA Chairman’s Stakes, which takes place a week earlier, a double most recently achieved by Leicester in 2018 and Jungle Magnate in 2022.  

Sydney’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick is another potential lead-up race in the SA Derby and Explosive Jack (2021) was the last horse to do the double.

South Australian Derby 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, May 14th, 2022
  • Track Location: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights
  • Qualification: Three year olds
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: South Australian Jockey Club
  • Prize Purse: $502,250
  • Inaugural Race: 1860
  • 2022 South Australian Derby Winner: Jungle Magnate

south australian derby 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 South Australian Derby results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday May 14, 2022.

  1. #3 Jungle Magnate
  2. #11 Yaphet
  3. #6 Detonator Jack

Tarzino gelding Jungle Magnate ($7.50) was too strong late, backing up from a Group 3 SA Chairman’s Stakes win to salute at Morphettville again with a dominate display off a gun Mark Zahra ride in the 2022 SA Derby results.

South Australian Derby Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the South Australian Derby, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s South Australian Derby
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s South Australian Derby.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s South Australian Derby. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the South Australian Derby, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the South Australian Derby, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the South Australian Derby to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the South Australian Derby to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the South Australian Derby to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the South Australian Derby, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The South Australian Derby

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on South Australian Derby Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

South Australian Derby 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 South Australian Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The South Australian Derby

The best way to pick which horse will win the South Australian Derby in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barriers, look for the proven Group 1 runners and the genuine stayers in the mix.

Additional factors to consider when picking the South Australian Derby winner include: 

  • Male Runners – It’s rare for a filly to win this race against the gelding and colts with only three to do so since 1999.
  • Best Lead Up – The Chairman’s Stakes is a great lead up, with the double being taken out several times in recent history most recently Jungle Magnate (2022). 
  • Favourites – The past ten years has seen favourites perform reliably in this race.
  • Jockey Stats – Jockey John Allen enjoyed four wins in the SA Derby in the the six years from 2016-21.

South Australian Derby Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 SA Derby betting include the undefeated Detonator Jack from the Maher/Eustace stable, Port Adelaide Guineas winning Foxwedge gelding Harleymoven and Godolphin’s VRC Oaks / ATC Oaks place-getter Alegron.

Russian Camelot ($2.90 2020) followed by Explosive Jack ($4 in 2021) are the most recent South Australian Derby favourites to salute for the punters – both horses ridden by jockey John Allen.

South Australian Derby 2022 Field

The 2022 South Australian Derby field of final acceptances is set for release on Tuesday the 10th of May, 2022 and will be published in full below once announced.

The South Australian Derby 2022 final field features a strong line-up of in-form three-year-old stayers led in betting by the James Cummings-trained Alegron drawn well and coming off a solid VRC St Leger win in Melbourne.

  • Scratched: #2 Teewaters (1)

South Australian Derby 2022 Tips

Favourite: #1 Alegron ($2.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #1 Alegron to salute for the punters (see above) 

Best Roughie: #5 Harleymoven ($7.50 at time of publish) 

Our exclusive 2022 South Australian Derby tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


South Australian Derby Race Day 2022

2022 South Australian Derby Day takes place on Saturday, the 14th of May, 2022. The SA Derby is the sole Group 1 event on the card that also features the Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes and Listed Adelaide Guineas. 

South Australian Derby Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 South Australian Derby barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above South Australian Derby Field section. 

South Australian Derby Nominations 2022

The South Australian Derby 2022 nominations close at 12:00pm on Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2022 and will be listed in full below once taken.

The 2022 SA Derby nominations attracted 36 early entries including the unbeaten Detonator Jack for Maher/Eustace and dual Group 1 Derby placed Alegron for Godolphin.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 04421×4637 AITCH D’AMICO G 3 Byron Cozamanis 57
2 8142×048 AKTOLGALI G 3 Robert Hickmott 64
3 15432×8031 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings 101
4 8274×218 ALL SO CLEAR G 3 Ben & JD Hayes 63
5 8×62662626 ALPINE BEAU G 3 John Hickmott & Carrina Riggs 58
6 52×616321 ANYTHINK GOES C 3 Matthew Smith 64
7 x94420x665 BLUSHING TYCOON G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 71
8 2212638×53 BRING THE STARS G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 60
9 727x21x62 CABOTEUR G 3 David Payne 60
10 55×0151 CLAIDHEAMH MOR G 3 Gemma Rielly 66
11 21920×033 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
12 111 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 74
13 172540 ELZAMEE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 70
14 55133 FEARENTLESS F 3 Paul Preusker 66
15 1×71252112 HARLEYMOVEN G 3 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 76
16 531 HOLLYWOOD PARK (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 62
17 1x8230x191 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 86
18 2×23150 LADY CHANT F 3 Brock Lewthwaite 74
19 2 MR I’M A BELIEVER (IRE) G 3 Peter G Moody 59
20 4x85333x15 PHERE THE EX G 3 Ben & JD Hayes 64
21 15317×8183 SAINT TROPEZ C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 72
22 8349×87714 SEBASTIAN THE FOX G 3 Shay Keating 65
23 86384 SIROCCO GALE G 3 Chris Waller 56
24 45×62262 SIX FOOT SONG G 3 John Macmillan 58
25 969×149050 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings 67
26 14654 TAVISTORM (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 63
27 023133×807 TEEWATERS G 3 Archie Alexander 90
28 81002×3 TEXAS TEA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 62
29 61×5711727 THE NEPHEW G 3 Patrick Payne 73
30 2×4321 TURFIE G 3 Patrick Keane 61
31 03660×2321 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan 60
32 524×37235 VADABOY (NZ) G 3 Simon Zahra 58
33 128141 WATER INTO WINE G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 70
34 452 WHIRLY JIG G 3 Ken & Kasey Keys 58
35 2x5291x241 YAPHET G 3 Cliff Brown 67
36 417×316845 ZOUMON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

South Australian Derby Weights 2022

Set weights apply to this race. 56.5 kilograms for colts and geldings, 54,5 kilograms for fillies. Final weights are announced at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, the 10th of May, 2022 with weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above South Australian Derby Field section. .

South Australian Derby Acceptances 2022

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Tuesday the 10th of May, 2022 and will be published in our above South Australian Derby Field section.

South Australian Derby Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, the 11th of May, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above South Australian Derby Field section.

South Australian Derby Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 8:00 AM on Saturday, the 14th of May, 2022.

2022 South Australian Derby Scratchings: 

  • #2 Teewaters (1)

South Australian Derby Prize Money 2022

The South Australian Derby prize purse is worth $502,250 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $275,225
2nd $90,225
3rd $40,225
4th $25,225
5th $20,225
6th $10,225
7th $10,225
8th $10,225
9th $10,225
10th $10,225

South Australian Derby Race Number 2022

The 2022 South Australian Derby is set to run as Morphettville Race 8 at 3:52pm (ACST) on Saturday the 14th of May, 2022. There are nine races in total that day at Morphettville Racecourse.

South Australian Derby Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 South Australian Derby Form Guide following final acceptances. 


South Australian Derby Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 South Australian Derby live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National


South Australian Derby Winners

Winners of the South Australian Derby going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a complete list of past South Australian Derby winners from 1860 to the present click here

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2022 Jungle Magnate Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Mark Zahra 56.5 kgs 2:37.31
2021 Explosive Jack Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 56.5 kgs 2:38.99
2020 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien John Allen  56.5 kgs 2:42.04
2019 Qafila David Hayes, Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Cory Parish 54.5 kgs 2:39.06
2018 Leicester Darren Weir Damian Lane 56.5 kgs 2:38.95
2017 Volatile Mix Darren Weir John Allen 56.5 kgs 2:37.09
2016 Howard Be Thy Name Darren Weir John Allen 56.5 kgs 2:40.08
2015 Delicacy Grant Williams Peter Hall 54.5 kgs 2:37.91
2014 Kushadasi Richard Jolly Steven Arnold 56.5 kgs 2:41.98
2013 Escado Matt Laurie Ben Melham 56.5 kgs 2:39.05
2012 Zabeelionaire Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 56.5 kgs 2:42.16
2011 Shadows In The Sun Anthony Cummings Ben Melham 56.5 kgs 2:39.88
2010 Kidnapped Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 56.5 kgs 2:37.21
2009 Rebel Raider Leon Macdonald Clare Lindop 56.5 kgs 2:40.39
2008 Zarita Pat Hyland Greg Childs 54 kgs 2:39.53
2007 Lazer Sharp Jamie Edwards Brad Rawiller 56.5 kgs 2:37.65
2006 Testafiable Peter Moody Greg Childs 55.5 kgs 2:43.39
2005 Tails Of Triomphe Terry O’Sullivan Paul Gatt 55.5 kgs 2:37.74
2004 Hard To Get Mark Kavanagh Joe Bowditch 55.5 kgs 2:37.10
2003 Mummify Lee Freedman Danny Nikolic 55.5 kgs 2:38.75
2002 Pantani Robbie Laing Danny Nikolic 55.5 kgs 2:37.89
2001 Big Pat Peter Tulloch Peter Mertens 55.5 kgs 2:36.25
2000 Blue Murder Cliff Brown Matthew Gatt 55.5 kgs 2:38.43