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Best Bets: Derby Day

After a sensational first weekend of the UBET Festival of Racing, we look ahead to this weekend's action which features the Group 1 South Australian Derby.

Once again, we get some tips from the best in the business in South Australian racing!

Terry and Adam were on the money with Sopressa last week! Can they find another feature winner this weekend?

Adam McGrath -


I’m happy to stay with the form lines we’ve been seeing in South Australia. Leicester is going to be in a good position and due to the barriers should be well in front of his rivals at the top of the straight 

Best Bet: PEACEFUL STATE (Race 5, Number 1)

His turn of foot and attack of line last start was sensational. The step up in distance is only going to help him again and I think he’ll have his rivals well held here again 

James Jordan -


Found this race too tough to bet in, marked Leicester favourite and he'll run really well but untried beyond 2000m so hard to take the $4.00 on offer. For this reason having a throw at the stumps with Nothin' Leica High, he'll jump $51+ and has X-factor!

 Best Bet: TEQUILA TIME (Race 4, Number 1)

Won without any favours last start and thought Fundamentalist had her chance to run him down. I expect the Parks track to suit him really well and he can make it four wins on the bounce.

Terry McAuliffe - Racecaller

Derby Tip: TANGLED

Tangled arrives from Sydney with clearly the strongest race form. Minor placings in both the Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby followed by a nose defeat in the Frank Packer Plate signals him as the horse to beat, provided he has taken no harm from those tough assignments.

Best Bet: PEACEFUL STATE (Race 5, Number 1)

A devastating win in the Nitschke Stakes a fortnight ago. Group 1 placed in the Australian Guineas earlier this year, he looks the standout bet on the program.

Ben Scadden - The Advertiser

Derby Tip: SHERRIF

The last time Roger James came to Adelaide he won the Adelaide Cup with Cronus. He's not back her for a holiday. Reports out of New Zealand are that this bloke has plenty of quality and it was only an absolute bog track that brought about his downfall at Group 2 level last time.

Best Bet: FALCOOL (Race 1, Number 7)

Gifted former Victorian galloper making his debut for Will Clarken. A Listed winner in Melbourne, he looked very sharp recent trial win and only needs a touch of luck from the inside gate to figure in the finish.

Lincoln Moore - The Advertiser

Derby Tip: TANGLED

Has been close up his pats three in very good company in Sydney. Drawn wide but the 2500m trip and Michael Walker can counteract that and he looks to have the right formline to win a Derby.

Best Bet: AZAZEL (Race 8, Number 22)

Disappointing on face value when resuming but he was clearly only getting late warm late in the race. Should take a lot of benefit from that outing, the blinkers go on and he's drawn a nice gate. A horse who would no doubt be expected in better races given he was beaten a tick over two lengths by Catchy in the Danehill back in the spring.

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