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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

5 May 2012

The second of the three big carnival group 1 racedays featured the Group 1 SA Derby but the day started out with the Oaklands Plate which was won in impressive fashion by the NZ bred Donna Cattiva from Chosen Moment.  In the second race it was a local victory with Star of Zena fighting off Beau Jez to win with Impulse Buy putting in another consistent run for third.  Star of Zena was offered at the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions sales as part of the Emirates Park Stud draft.  In the third race Bundle O'Gold was having his first run after returning from Hong Kong where he was sold as a very promising young horse a number of years ago.  Striding along in front his condition caught up with him under the big weight in the home straight as Beldara came away to win her second start in a row from Victorian Johnny Fiasco with local North Beach third.

In race 4 there was plenty of interest in the well performed 3yo Decircles pre race but in the run Classy Chloe gave nothing else and chance dashing clear over the closing stages to win easily from the talented Petman with Meadows Cat third.  The Adelaide Guineas was next for the 3yos where Riziz strode away strongly to the line to win from Kinselmac Manner who tried hard with The New Boy in third place.  The next was the Provincial Series Final and Detox showed the family ability as the half sister to Alcopop fought her way to a determined win over the late flying grey Ballypatrick with the consistent Silent Attitude third in the capacity field.

The main race of the day was next the $500,000 SA Derby which assembled a group of promising 3yo stayers from Victoria, NSW, WA and South Australia.  Strike the Stars and Sabrage had been campaigning in the top 3yo races of the autumn with Zabeelionaire coming through a Melbourne build up while Pelicano, Cornell, Alcohol, Essence and Heaven's Riches had prepared via the local features both for 3yos and open classes.  Backbone had his previous run in another traditional lead up the VRC St Leger while Lethal Jones and Reign of Terror had comes through the feature races in WA while the lightly raced but talented Tohunga came from NSW.   SA hope Pelicano went forward early with Essence but in the run to the line it was Zabeelionaire charging along the fence who prevailed from the fast finishing Sabrage with Westsouthwest running on well for third.  Strike the Stars who ran fourth in the ATC Derby at his previous start was again fourth in SA with Tohunga fifth.

Addiction to Rock stormed home to claim the last from Dubawi Gold with Adamantium third while observations were made in preparation for next week Super Saturday.  The finale of the SA Autumn carnival features the return of Black Caviar due to line up in the Goodwood to attempt her 21st win from 21 starts some which at this level of racing is unprecedented.

Race 1 - Oaklands Plate
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5 - Adelaide Guineas
Race 6
Race 7 - SA Derby
Race 8

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