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South Australian Derby 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The South Australian Derby headlines the second day of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival
  • This Group One is run over 2500m at Morphettville
  • The 2021 edition will be contested on Saturday, May 8
  • Preview and tips are included below
South Australian Derby Tips
Liqueuro is one of the leading chances in Saturday's South Australian Derby. (Getty)
The staying three-year-old's take the stage on the second day of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival via the South Australian Derby, a feature that dates all the way back to 1860.

Run over the 2500m at Morphettville under Set Weights conditions, last years edition was a particularly strong one, with the outstanding Russian Camelot sustaining a wide run to defeat Dalasan and the 2019 VRC Derby winner, Warning.

While it's rare to see a last start Australian Derby winner continue on to Adelaide, Explosive Jack is attempting to do so this year and at $3 with bookmaker.com.au, he's the outright favourite for the 2021 South Australian Derby.

South Australian Derby 2021 Field & Odds

1Explosive Jack (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen1056.5kg$3
2Royal MileLee CreekJacob Opperman (a)256.5kg $11
3LiqueuroCindy AldersonLuke Currie656.5kg $5
4Let's Karaka Deel (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen1556.5kg $14
5Azaly Tom Dabernig & Ben HayesBlaike McDougall856.5kg $67
6Deepstrike (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Damian Lane956.5kg $8
7MiletusJamie EdwardsJamie Mott556.5kg $34
8MontepulcianoRichard & Chantelle JollyJake Toeroek156.5kg $41
9Nobel HeightsMatt CumaniWill Price (a)456.5kg $17
10AbreedAndrew NobletJason Holder1256.5kg $71
11Solar ApexChris WallerMichael Walker756.5kg $26
12Suppression (NZ)Chris WallerTodd Pannell1356.5kg $81
13Token SpiritRobbie Griffiths & Mathew de KockBarend Vorster1156.5kg $81
14IchibansanLeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasCaitlin Jones1456.5kg $81
15PersonalTom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver1654.5kg $5.50
16ShebringzitMick HuxtableKarl Zechner354.5kg $81
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 5am on 06/05/2021.

2021 South Australian Derby Tips

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2021 South Australian Derby Best Bet - Liqueuro

Recording four wins from five starts to date with the only defeat coming when he was freshened-up and dropping back to the mile on March 3, there's not many negatives to list with what is a straight forward galloper who ran out a strong 2400m via his last attempt Caulfield.

Defeating the subsequent VRC St Leger winner, Through Irish Eyes in the process, Liqueuro also accounted for the Australian Derby winner, Explosive Jack two starts back who off that feature Sydney victory, has opened up an outright favourite for the 2021 South Australian Derby.

While he does meet Liqueuro 3kg better off from that Bendigo clash on March 27, the son of Fiorente was going from 1600m to 2200m there with a recent freshen-up, and sustained a long run, so was entitled to be more vulnerable there than what he should be this Saturday.

2021 South Australian Derby Value Bet - Royal Mile

With a brave win at Naracoorte followed by two city victories at Morphettville, including the Port Adelaide Guineas by a big space, this three-year-old is at the top of bets.com.au Hall Of Fame currently, saluting at good odds multiple times for followers.

Although we couldn't quite tip him out at a shorter price last start when he prevailed in the Chairman's Stakes, the traditional lead-up to the South Australian Derby, it was an underrated victory given he did some early work, but it was all overshadowed by the bad luck Deepstrike encountered.

While there's a query with Royal Mile stretching the brilliance out to 2500m, his half-brother, Blazing Rebel didn't break his Maiden until stepping up past 10 furlongs and winning his first two Stakes races comfortably, he might just be the obvious that's getting ignored.

2021 South Australian Derby Roughie - Solar Apex

Chris Waller has dual representation in the 2021 South Australian Derby, and the best chance of his pair is this colt who has looked dour enough in his last two Sydney attempts to run four laps of Morphettville this Saturday.

While he has been quite one-paced at 1850m and then 1900m following a nice return run on March 17, I do suspect this may have been a target a long way out for Solar Apex who appeared to have Liqueuro beat back in January before a spell, but lacked a turn-of-foot at 2000m.

The son of Deep Impact's form from November/December around Kiku, Brookspire and Exoboom reads fairly well while from a good draw over his first attempt at this staying trip, strikes me as a type that can stick on and potentially run top three or four at a big price.

South Australian Derby 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 South Australian Derby?

The 2021 South Australian Derby is scheduled to run on Saturday, May 8 at 3.20pm local time.

It will run as Race 7 on the Morphettville program.

What distance is the South Australian Derby?

The South Australian Derby is run over a distance of 2500 metres.

How can I live stream the South Australian Derby?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Australasian Oaks and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 South Australian Derby?

Russian Camelot won the 2020 South Australian Derby.

What is the South Australian Derby worth?

The South Australian Derby is worth a total of $502,250.

$275,225 of that goes to the winner.

Where is the South Australian Derby held?

The South Australian Derby is held at the Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide.



Liqueuro's preparation ahead of the 2021 South Australian Derby has been nearly faultless and he draws well for Saturday's feature.

It's hard not to say the same for Royal Mile who is a double figure quote.

Best Bet: Liqueuro To Win @400.00 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Royal Mile Each Way @1000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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