South Australian Derby 2022

Saturday May 14, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Locally trained 3YOs have the best record in the SA Derby

The South Australian Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-old staying types held at Morphettville Racecourse in mid-May during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival. Contested a week after the Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) for the fillies, the set weights clash takes place over 2500m and offers just over $500,000 in prize money. For 2020 the SA Derby prize money was cut to $400,000 due to the global Coronavirus crisis.

It is one of the major Morphettville races during the season and locally-trained horses have a top record in the event.

The latest edition of the South Australian Derby took place on Saturday May 14, 2022 and was won by the Chairman’s Stakes winner Jungle Magnate ($7.50) for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr. 

SA Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $502,250
  • First Run: 1860

2022 South Australian Derby Results

The official South Australian Derby 2022 results and finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday May 14, 2022.

  • 1st: #3 Jungle Magnate ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #11 Yaphet
  • 3rd: #6 Detonator Jack

The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Tarzino gelding, Jungle Magnate ($7.50), continued his good form in Adelaide backing-up from a SA Chairman’s Stakes victory to take out the 2022 South Australian Derby thanks to a gun ride by Mark Zahra.

South Australian Derby Betting

South Australian Derby odds are usually led by the best performing three-year-olds coming off 2000m runs at the track in either the Chairman’s Stakes or the Schweppes Oaks.

Favourites have an outstanding recent record in the race with nine winning 2006 – 2022. The latest favourites in SA Derby betting to salute are: Explosive Jack ($4 in 2021), Russian Camelot ($2.90 in 2020), Leicester ($4 in 2018) and the odds-on top elect Delicacy ($1.90 2015).

Previous experience at Morphettville often helps determine the South Australian Derby betting markets, as do those tested in previous Group 1 races either in Adelaide or interstate like the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in Sydney the month before. Explosive Jack (2021) was the last horse to do the ATC Derby – SA Derby double.

2022 SA Derby Odds

The autumn racing odds and South Australian Derby 2022 betting markets will be available below once open so you can back your favourite three-year-old stayers at the right price in the  Adelaide Group 1 autumn racing feature so stay tuned.

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

South Australian Derby Field

The South Australian Derby field attracts the season’s top three-year-old stayers from both locally and interstate. It is mainly made up of Adelaide-trained hopefuls however that come out of lead-up races including the Group 3 SA Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) in late April and for the fillies the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) the Saturday prior. Jungle Magnate (2022) was the last three-year-old to complete the SA Chairman’s Stakes – SA Derby double.

South Australian Derby betting online with Ladbrokes

SA Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name (2016) went on to run fourth in the Queensland Derby in Brisbane. Photo Credit: Jenny Barnes.

The South Australian Oaks – Derby double was last completed by Delicacy (2015), while in 2016 Howard Be Thy Name completed the Chairman’s Stakes – SA Derby double before stablemate Leicester (2018) repeated the feat for trainer Darren Weir two years later.

Following a run in the South Australian Derby field many gallopers may head to Brisbane for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at the end of May, an event the 2021 SA Derby champ Explosive Jack ran third in.

South Australian Derby nominations close the Tuesday of the week before the race, a week before final SA Derby acceptances are taken revealing the field of hopeful young stayers.

2022 South Australian Derby Field

The official South Australian Derby 2022 final field and barriers are released by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) the Tuesday of race week and will be provided below.

The 2022 South Australian Derby field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers led by the James Cummings-trained VRC St Leger winner Alegron in barrier three and the undefeated Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Detonator Jack out wide in gate 15.

  • Scratched: #2 Teewaters (1)

2022 South Australian Derby Nominations

The early South Australian Derby 2022 nominations are taken by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) on a Tuesday two weeks out from the race and will be provided below.

The 2022 SA Derby nominations drew 36 early entries led in all-in betting by the James Cummings-trained Alegron – a dual Group 1 Derby place-getter last seen winning the VRC St Leger.

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 Form Guide

The South Australian Derby form guide provides all the must know information before punters place a bet including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the three-year-olds in the mix.

Wide barriers are not something to shy away from with plenty of good horses getting the job done from barrier 10 or wider including Explosive Jack (10 of 16 in 2021), Volatile Mix (barrier 11 in 2017), Kidnapped who saluted from the outside barrier 16 of 16 in 2010, as did both Tails Of Triomphe (2005) and Testafiable (2006).

Over the years the South Australian Derby form has stacked up in better staying races in Melbourne during the spring including in 2003 when Mummify won the SA Derby – Caulfield Cup double before running third in the following year’s Sydney Cup and the 2005 Caulfield Cup.

Count Chivas (1995) and Shivas Revenge (1991) both won the SA Derby before placing second in the iconic Melbourne Cup in their respective years, while Subzero (1992) completed the double winning that spring’s ‘race that stops a nation’.

More recently the 2020 SA Derby champion Russian Camelot went on to run top three in his next four Group 1 starts in Melbourne including winning the Underwood Stakes and finishing third in the Cox Plate to Sir Dragonet that spring.

SA Derby Form Facts

  • Delicacy (2015) and Qafila (2019) are the only fillies since 2008 to beat the boys in the SA Derby results
  • The Chairman’s Stakes is the key SA Derby form race to follow and Howard Be Thy Name (2016),  Leicester (2018) and Jungle Magnate (2022) are the latest to do the double
  • Favourites in SA Derby betting have a gun record in the race over the past decade with the latest to salute being Russian Camelot ($2.90 in 2020) and Explosive Jack ($4 in 2021)
  • Jockey John Allen rode four of the seven SA Derby winners from 2016-2022

2022 South Australian Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive South Australian Derby 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

South Australian Derby Tips

The favourites have a strong record in the race so taking the top fancy in betting is a good South Australian Derby tip.

Fillies have only won three times since 1999, so taking the colts and geldings that are high up the markets coming out of a run in the Chairman’s Stakes in Adelaide is a great SA Derby betting tip.

2022 SA Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive South Australian Derby 2022 betting tips and exotic selections will be detailed below the week of the race so check back for the three-year-olds to back and sack in your Morphettville punting.

  • To Win: #1 Alegron ($2.80 at time of publish) 

Looks an open edition, but hard to bet against the class favourite Alegron who was so good last time out winning Flemington’s VRC St Leger over 2800m by a good margin with more weight. Distance is a non-issue for him, whereas it could be a question for a few of the others, and is drawn to get the run of the race. Two-time Group 1 Derby place-getter interstate when under a length third in the ATC Derby two back at big odds and second to the very good Hitotsu in the VRC Derby in the spring. Highly-rated and well-placed to win a Group 1 here.

South Australian Derby Results

South Australian Derby results have been dominated by the favourites in recent years with the most notable upsets scored by Shadows In The Sun ($20 in 2011) and Tails Of Triomphe ($50 in 2005).

The most famous recent South Australian Derby winners include Explosive Jack (2021), Russian Camelot (2020), Delicacy (2015), Rebel Raider (2009), Mummify (2003) and Subzero (1992).

South Australian Derby Past Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Jungle Magnate Yaphet Detonator Jack 2:37.3
2021 Explosive Jack Let’s Karaka Deel Nobel Heights 2:38.9
2020 Russian Camelot Dalasan Warning 2:42.0
2019 Qafila Savvy Oak Mr Quickie 2:39.0
2018 Leicester Rezealient Runaway 2:38.9
2017 Volatile Mix Ruthven Odeon 2:37.0
2016 Howard Be Thy Name Etymology Cool Chap 2:40.0
2015 Delicacy Werther Allergic 2:37.9
2014 Kushadasi Scratchy Bottom Best Case 2:41.9
2013 Escado Hioctdane Shoreham 2:39.0
2012 Zabeelionaire Sabrage Westsouthwest 2:42.1
2011 Shadows In The Sun Echoes Of Heaven Lalla Rookh 2:39.8
2010 Kidnapped Red Colossus Sea Galleon 2:37.2
2009 Rebel Raider Astro Gains Fitoussi 2:40.3
2008 Zarita Zagreb Neugine 2:39.5
2007 Lazer Sharp Classic De Lago Red Lord 2:37.8
2006 Testafiable Empire Gold Irazu 2:43.3
2005 Tails Of Triomphe Douro Valley Kamsky 2:37.7
2004 Hard To Get On A Jeune Better Jetsetter 2:37.1
2003 Mummify Vicksburgh Lord Wooburn 2:38.7
2002 Pantani Silver Baron Lester Thunderwing 2:37.8
2001 Big Pat Bush Padre Adolescence 2:36.2
2000 Blue Murder Mr Nelson Voile D’Or 2:38.4