god dolphin‘s double group 1 Derby place getter alegro gets another chance this weekend with the last start VRC St Leger winning on the way to Morphettville as a favorite for the . to win 2022 South Australian Derby†
A capacity field of three-year-olds compete in Adelaide’s Group 1 $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) on Saturday and it’s the James Cummings-trained Alegron leading the markets.
Getting into barrier two with early scratching Teewaters (1), the well-dressed Teofilo gelding has Damien Oliver he kept the hoop ride in pursuit of his first SA Derby success since the win aboard Zabeelionaire in 2012.
Oliver teamed up with Alegron in Flemington, the final start in the listed VRC St Leger (2800m) on Anzac Day, where the galloper saluted the punters as the favorite over two lengths.
That runaway victory followed his close third in double digits when he came under a length from the stylish Hitotsu in Randwick’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) on wet April 2nd.
Alegron, a young stayer, was also in the money behind Hitotsu during the spring when he finished second in the Group 2 Victoria Derby (2500m) at HQ.
With a good number of good runs in elite company and the impressive win at the last start, things are looking good for Alegron to finally get his first group race this weekend.
The bookmakers agree and the favorite is at a current price of $3.10 in Bet on South Australian Derby at Ladbrokes.com.au.
It’s an open top half of the market with three more hopefuls below double digits for the win, including the runner-up at $4.40. detonator jack†
Last year, the powerhouse training partnership of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace won the SA Derby with Explosive Jack and they are now back with two confirmed runners as Detonator Jack joins the starting grid through the emergency response Texan tea†
Irish John Allen partners undefeated Jakkalberry gelding Detonator Jack of a wide draw (14 at the time of publication), the champion jockey chasing his incredible fifth South Australian Derby success in seven years.
Allen previously rode SA Derby winners Howard Be Thy Name (2016), Volatile Mix (2017), Russian Camelot (2020) and last year’s champion Explosive Jack (2021) to victory.
On Saturday, he jumps aboard another livewire opportunity with Detonator Jack three-of-three so far in easier company.
Last time out, the newcomer was solid, taking a 1.5-length win at Sandown-Lakeside in a Benchmark 78 over 2100m and looks set to improve in the rankings this weekend.
the early South Australian Derby market mover for $7 is Jungle Magnate for Mick Price and Michael Kent Juniorthe Kiwi-bred son of Tarzino who took a run-up win on the track.
Tenth in last year’s PRC Derby, he has improved this preparation with two wins from his last three appearances, including a three-quarter win over Harley moven in Adelaide’s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) on April 30.
That race has been a good line to follow in the Derby in recent years and there are a few bettors looking to support Jungle Magnate to double that this season.
Rounding out the single-digit fantasies is the president’s runner-up Harleymoven ($8) for Dan Clarken & Oophy MacGillivray†
The best of the local hopes, the in-form Foxwedge gelding has an excellent track record on the Morphettville (6:2-3-0) circuit, including his four long Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1,800m) that two back wins.
The 2022 South Australian Derby is set to run as Morphettville Race 8 at 3:52pm (ACST) on Saturday with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au fully available here†
2022 South Australian Derby Final Field & Barriers
|New||last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||punishment||Hcp Rating|
|1||15432×8031||ALEGRON||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||3||56.5kg||101|
|2||023133×807||TEE WATER||Archie Alexander||Declan Bates||1||56.5kg||90|
|3||1x8230x191||JUNGLE MAGNET (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jr)||Mark Zahra||12||56.5kg||86|
|4||21920×033||COMMANDER HARRY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||8||56.5kg||78|
|5||1×71252112||HARLEYMOVEN||Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray||Ryan Hurdle||11||56.5kg||76|
|6||111||DETONATOR JACKET (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||15||56.5kg||74|
|7||61×5711727||NEPHEW||Patrick Payne||Billy Egan||4||56.5kg||73|
|8||x5221x5110||SON OF EMPEROR||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jr)||Jason Holder||19||56.5kg||72|
|9||15317×8183||ST. TROPEZ||Lloyd Kennewell||Beau Mertens||17||56.5kg||72|
|10||128141||WATER IN WINE||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Barend Vorster||7||56.5kg||70|
|11||x5291x2414||JAPHET||Cliff Brown||Ben Allen||13||56.5kg||67|
|12||361243×10||KING OF THE PARASI||Roslyn Day||Callan Murray||16||56.5kg||67|
|13||55×0151||CLAIDHEAMH MOR||Gemma Rielly||Joe Bowditch||18||56.5kg||66|
|14||8349×87714||SEBASTIAN DE VOS||Shay Keating||Jake Noonan||20||56.5kg||65|
|15||4x85333x15||PHERE DE EX||Ben & JD Hayes||Luke Nolen||6||56.5kg||64|
|16||2×23150||LADY CHANT||Brock Lewthwaite||Mrs. Kayla Crowther||5||54.5 kg||74|
|17th||81002×3||TEXAS TEA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ethan Brown (let alt)||10||56.5kg||62|
|19th||2212638×53||BRING THE STARS||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||14||56.5kg||60|
|20th||45×622621||SIX FOOT SONG||John Macmillan||2||56.5kg||60|
Table credit: Racing Australia.