Dalasan will take beating in the South Australian Derby. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2020 South Australian Derby Day Tips & Preview

For the second week in a row, Group 1 racing will grace South Australia’s Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday afternoon.

To be completely honest with you, I’m not usually a fan of the South Australian Derby because I feel that generally, it’s won by a sub-par three-year-old. That certainly will not be the case this year, because this could very well be the best-ever South Australian Derby field.

You can find a preview for each race and all my 2020 South Australian Derby Day tips below.

Schweppes Handicap (1000m) – 12:01pm
No. 3 Garvoc

Garvoc failed to fire when eleventh behind Garner in a Listed race last time out, but she was unbeaten in three starts prior to that and can atone in this race. There really isn’t a lot more to say – she’s clearly an above-average filly and Will Clarken’s horses are flying. Garvoc can return the stable another winner on Saturday.

Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) – 12:36pm
No. 1 Crown Mint

Speaking of airborne stables, Gordon Richards saddles up Crown Minto in the SA Sires’ Produce and he’s sure to take a power of beating again. The two-year-old son of Hallowed Crown hasn’t finished worse than second in three career starts so far, breaking his maiden at Sandown two back before running second to Ecumenical last time out. He’ll have to deal with that horse again here, but with further improvement, I think he can and will turn the tables.

AAMI Autumn Series Final BM80 (1400m) – 1:11pm
No. 2 One More Jack

This isn’t one of the stronger races on the 2020 South Australian Derby Day card and One More Jack can continue his impressive run of form with a seventh-consecutive win. The four-year-old son of Typhon has continued to improve with racing and as the bar has been raised, culminating in another dominant win in a similar race to this one at Morphettville last time out. He’s rock-hard fit and will take catching again.

Holdfast Insurance Brokers Handicap (1050m) – 1:51pm
No. 10 Almadrava

Almadrava will take winning form into the fourth at Morphettville on Saturday and looks well placed to make it two in a row. The Phillip Stokes-trained filly hasn’t run a bad race since debuting in October and resumed from a spell to break her maiden with absolute ease at Gawler. This is obviously harder, but she harbours plenty of upside and looks a filly of great talent.

Adelaide Galvanising Provincial Super Series Final (1800m) – 2:31pm
No. 14 Monteferrante

Monteferrante appears to have gone to another level this preparation and will be hard to beat third-up in this 1800m contest. The Pierro mare was fair in a weaker class than this last time in but resumed this time for a lovely win at Murray Bridge before finishing second to Fight For Freedom last time out. I’ll be happy to have something small on her, with the added fitness.

Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) – 3:11pm
No. 6 Kooweerup

This isn’t the strongest edition of the Adelaide Guineas and there are several notable cats, including Yourdeel, engaged for a start.

Kooweerup has been improving enough for me to think that she is a live chance of winning something of this quality. The More Than Ready filly needed the run when sixth at Sandown first-up, but she filled the minors of a fair race over 1400m at Flemington last time out, and she’s another horse that I think harbours good improvement yet. She’s drawn a peach in barrier 4 with Ethan Brown to ride.

Celebration Of Kangaroo Island Handicap (1200m) – 3:51pm
No. 7 Beauty

Beauty has found form around some good horses this time and is primed to win the seventh on South Australian Derby Day. The Smart Missile mare beat a classy field, including Runson over 1250m here in late February and has performed admirably in her three subsequent appearances. The four-lengths sixth behind Bella Vella in the Listed Hills Railway last time out suddenly reads a lot better, and there is certainly nothing of her quality to contend with here.

Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) – 4:31pm
No. 1 Dalasan & No. 12 Moonlight Maid

This is the strongest edition of the South Australian Derby that I can remember and in a cruel, kick in the pants for racing in South Australia, no one can go along.

Dalasan deserves his favouritism and I certainly would not be surprised to see him in the winner’s stall, but I remain an enormous fan of Moonlight Maid and I think she could prove big overs at around the $13, particularly in getting out to the 2500m. The Puissance De Lune filly ran third in the VRC Oaks in the spring and has continued to improve with each start this time, culminating in a smart second-placing to Toffee Tongue in the Australasian Oaks last week.

I’ll be backing Dalasan to win and Moonlight Maid each-way.

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Robert & Fay Gerard SA Sprint Series Final - 5:10pm
No. 7 Aten

A pretty tough way to end the day from a betting perspective and a case to be made for several, but I think a horse like Aten will be hard to beat. Aten has kept alive her good fresh record this time, winning at Gawler first-up before running second over 1000m here last time out. Fitter third-up and with Barend Vorster in the saddle, she needs only even luck in running to fight out the finish.