The South Australian Derby always presents a good field and that’s the case this year.
A staying Group 1 for the three-year-olds, the South Australian Derby has produced many top-quality types in recent years and it’s a great form guide for the spring and autumn.
We have tips and form for every runner in the 2018 South Australian Derby field at Morphettville.
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2018 South Australian Derby final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the South Australian Derby 2018
Leicester @ $4 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Tangled @ $6 – BET NOW
Runaway @ $14 – BET NOW
2018 South Australian Derby Form Guide & Tips
Tangled (Best Each Way – $6) – BET NOW
The wide draw won’t help Tangled but that shouldn’t matter too much over this distance.
Trained by Chris Waller, the quality colt finished third in the ATC Derby before running second in the Frank Packer Plate.
That’s strong form for this and with some luck in running, he’ll be right around the money.
Money Maher ($19) – BET NOW
Another runner which has drawn wide and although Money Maher has some ability, it could be tough to win from out there.
The Perth-based runner put consecutive wins together before running fourth last start and this might be a tough task this time around.
Leicester (Best Bet – $4) – BET NOW
It’s going to be tough to stop the Darren Weir team and Leicester shapes up as the best chance here.
The Wanted gelding scored by just under a length here last start and having had two runs at Morphettville is going to help his chances in this.
He scored immediate success when stepping up over more ground and rising to 2500m here isn’t going to worry him at all.
$4 is a fair price.
Civil Disobedience ($15) – BET NOW
The colt by Raise The Flag ran seventh in the New Zealand Derby before coming back to Australia and running two solid races on this track.
He’s a touch below his stablemate and although he has been exposed to harder fields than this, he will need to find a length to figure in the finish.
Main Stage ($10) – BET NOW
Main Stage has been around the top age-group stayers to date but he’s out of form.
This stable knows how to produce young staying talent and that’s in his favour.
This is easier than his most recent start so don’t discount his winning chances.
Sherrif ($9) – BET NOW
Conditions didn’t suit the Kiwi gelding last start at Pukekohe.
The wet conditions didn’t allow the son of High Chaparral to show his usual turn-of-foot but he gets a chance at redemption here.
The Kiwi stayers are tough to stop and we wouldn’t be ruling out his chances at $9.
Runaway (Best Roughie – $14) – BET NOW
Going forward in these staying races is always a positive and Runaway has proven that his last two starts.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained gelding was an all-the-way winner at Flemington last time out and the opposition never got close.
Expect similar tactics this time around and he has already been backed in from $14 to $10 (has since drifted back out to $14).
Won Won Too ($41) – BET NOW
Caused an upset when winning two back but this is another rise in class.
Better suited in something easier.
Savaheat ($31) – BET NOW
Nice half-length win at Bendigo to open his account this campaign and although it put in two poor runs to follow, there was a glimpse of form behind Leicester last start.
Gets a good run and he’s not the worst at odds.
Rezealient ($19) – BET NOW
Lindsay Park usually has their stayers in fit order for these targets and this gelding could cause an upset.
The son of Sebring ran second behind Runaway last start and was making good ground late.
That’s good enough form to warrant attention in this.
Silent Command ($67) – BET NOW
Hasn’t been in the best form this campaign and he didn’t show enough last time out to warrant attention against a harder field.
Into Rio ($23) – BET NOW
Good win at Pakenham last start and there has been enough money to suggest that he could show up here.
Didn’t fire in the Adelaide Guineas when running 12th but he could turn that form around and run in the first five or six home.
High ‘N’ Dry ($6) – BET NOW
Ran second behind Leicester in the Chairman’s Stakes last start and that should be the best form guide for this race.
He’s a gelding by High Chaparral which is knocking on the door of a statement win and he only needs a touch of luck from out wide to go close again.
$6 is a touch short but we wouldn’t leave him out of calculations.
Amerock ($23) – BET NOW
Another Darren Weir-trained runner which has drifted in the betting but remains a solid each way play.
Mixed form this season and it could add some value to multiples.
Nothin’ Leica High ($35) – BET NOW
Show shown enough in a six-start career to date to warrant attention but preferably look for something easier.
Has the breeding to be a staying type and it might appreciate running at Morphettville.
Box On Collins ($34) – BET NOW
Looked the goods two starts back and he was only 2.9 lengths behind the race favourite last start.
Must be considered based on that effort and the $34 is a good price for long-shot backers.
Tropical Lightning ($101) – BET NOW
Last start winner but this should be too much too soon for the grey gelding.
Wait till he races in something easier.
Delos ($46) – BET NOW
Scored a three-length win at Goulburn two back before running 3.8 lengths behind Runaway last start at Flemington.
Not the worst but needs to lift.
Johnny Vinko ($31) – BET NOW
Nice winner fresh up and he has been knocking on the door since.
There are worse chances at $31 and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him fighting out the finish.
Creedence ($35) – BET NOW
Chance at odds if he gets a run.