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South Australian Derby 2023 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 11 May 2023
Alex Marsh 11 May 2023
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  • The South Australian Derby headlines the third day of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival
  • This Group 1 is run over 2500m at Morphettville
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, May 13
  • Preview and tips are included below
Can Dunkel bounce back in the South Australian Derby? (Getty)

The staying three-year-old's take the stage on the third day of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival via the South Australian Derby, a feature that dates all the way back to 1860.
  • South Australian Derby 2023 Field & Odds
  • South Australian Derby 2023 Tips
  • South Australian Derby FAQs

Run over the 2500m at Morphettville under Set Weights conditions, recent runnings of this feature have been quite strong with the brilliant Russian Camelot and three-time Derby winner Explosive Jack on the honour roll.

At $4.60 via Colossalbet, Alegron heads the betting for the 2023 South Australian Derby.

South Australian Derby 2023 Field & Odds

1SuizuroTrent Busuttin & Natalie Young Opie Bosson2056.5kg$7.50
2Aberfeldie BoyRobbie Griffiths & Matthew de Kock Craig Newitt1656.5kg $11
3Dunkel (NZ)Patrick PayneBilly Egan856.5kg $13
4High ApproachDan O'SullivanJohn Allen556.5kg $15
5Red Sun SensationPeter G MoodyLuke Nolen 1056.5kg $12
6Bengal BoyMatt CumaniDeclan Bates 756.5kg $31
7LocoMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 1556.5kg $5.50
8Gottabesavvy (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Todd Pannell1856.5kg $26
9Promises KeptCiaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra956.5kg $7
10Ain't He GrandCiaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen1756.5kg $21
11Dunwoody (NZ)Matt Cumani Jarrod Fry456.5kg $41
12Captain Pluto (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor156.5kg $41
13Northern BarrageMichael KentJason Holder656.5kg $31
14Reservoir DogTrent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jake Toeroek1456.5kg $41
15Prince TikeaTravis DoudleDom Tourneur356.5kg $91
16She's FitDaniel MortonChris Parnham1154.5kg $4.60
17eXtrarevzJohn SargentKerrin McEvoy1356.5kg $61
18eNightsunRobbie Griffiths & Matthew de Kock TBA1256.5kg$126
19eImpending LinkGreg EurellTBA256.5kg$71
20eSamuel Langhorne (NZ)Michael KentTBA1956.5kg$61
Odds courtesy of Colossalbet & correct at 3.50pm on 10/05/2023.

South Australian Derby 2023 Tips

2023 South Australian Derby Best Bet - Dunkel

With a let-up off eight weeks since pulling up lame since his defeat in the Alister Clark Stakes (closing splits still strong), the set-up here for Dunkel is unconventional.

With such a talented galloper and one that has been produced successfully before on the fresh side, we have to trust the very astute Patrick Payne here.

The son of Dundeel has a superb turn-of-foot for a stayer and that brilliance got him out of trouble all summer (should've been unbeaten over his first six).

His last jump-out was strong, with the gelding working to the line well at Ararat and in a really competitive affair, he could simply be the best horse in this.

2023 South Australian Derby Next Best Bet - Aberfeldie Boy

A progressive stayer from the Griffiths & de Kock yard, the half-brother to Castlereagh Kid (Group 2 winner) arrives off a third behind D'aguilar and White Marlin.

That reads superbly coming back to a three-year-old event, especially given he beat some useful older horses that included Deepstrike and Point Nepean.

Aberfeldie Boy had broken through the start prior and versus many rivals that are deep into their campaigns, he could be the one peaking here third-up.

His one attempt at this trip was an eye-catching third in last year's Victoria Derby and he should've finished closer, as he was held-up at a key stage.

2023 South Australian Derby Value Bet - Northern Barrage

All things being equal, there isn't much between Promises Kept and Northern Barrage, yet the former is around $7, while $30+ is available for this galloper.

The St Leger Trial is the reason for the discrepancy, although Promises Kept was outside the lead and hitting top gear, while Northern Barrage was still held-up.

Prior to that, the Mick Kent-trained gelding had out-sprinted that key threat twice, firstly in a maiden win and then he got past him in the Autumn Classic.

Beaten as a short fav in the Galilee Final, a combination of a warm ride and wet ground worked against him at Sandown, yet he still wasn't disgraced.

South Australian Derby FAQs

When is the 2023 South Australian Derby?

The 2023 South Australian Derby is scheduled to start on Saturday, May 13 at 3.12pm.

It will run as Race 7 on the Morphettville meeting.

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 2022 South Australian Derby?

Jungle Magnate won the 2022 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.



The classy Dunkel is a good price in an open South Australian Derby.

Aberfeldie Boy brings the right form and is ready to peak, while Northern Barrage can figure at big odds.

Best Bet: Dunkel Each Way @12/1 at Colossalbet - 3 Units
Next Best Bet: Aberfeldie Boy Each Way @10/1 at Colossalbet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Northern Barrage Each Way @30/1 at Colossalbet - 1 Unit
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