Group 1 winning colt draws barrier 10 in South Australian Derby

Gun colt Explosive Jack has opened as favourite to complete a sensational Derby treble after drawing barrier 10 for Saturday’s Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained three-year-old is hunting a third Derby win this year after winning the Listed Tasmanian Derby at Hobart on February 5 and Group 1 Australian Derby at Randwick last month.

He opened as a $3.50 favourite on Tuesday with TAB fixed odds to complete the Derby hat-trick before easing to $3.80.

Regular jockey John Allen will ride Explosive Jack in his latest Group 1 attempt this weekend.

The star son of Jakkalberry will headline a two-pronged attack for Maher and Eustace with the stable also saddling up Let’s Karaka Deel (barrier 15) in the $500,000 event.

Let’s Karaka Deel is $11 with Ben Allen aboard.

Royal Mile won the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes. Picture: Atkins PhotographySource:Supplied

A capacity field of 16 runners was declared for the three-year-old staying test when barriers were drawn on Tuesday morning.

The lightly-raced Liquero, a winner of four of his five career starts, will jump from barrier six with Luke Currie in the saddle as trainer Cindy Alderson chases a maiden Group 1 win.

The Fiorente gelding is one of four runners in single digits in betting at $5.

Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr’s classy galloper Deepstrike ($7) is among the top chances and will jump from barrier nine.

Mount Gambier-trained rising star Royal Mile ($11) is chasing a fifth straight win in the Derby and the recent Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes winner will jump from barrier 2 with apprentice Jacob Opperman partnering.

Two fillies will take on the boys in the Derby with VRC Oaks winner Personal backing up seven days after finishing a close runner up in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks.

The Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained filly has drawn the outside gate in barrier 16 and is a $6 third elect in betting.

VRC Oaks winner Personal runs in the South Australian Derby. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images for the VRCSource:Getty Images

GROUP 1 SA DERBY (2500m)

1 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) John Allen (10) 56.5kg

2 ROYAL MILE (Lee Creek) Jacob Opperman (a) (2) 56.5kg

3 LIQUEURO (Cindy Alderson) Luke Currie (6) 56.5kg

4 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) Ben Allen (15)56.5kg

5 AZALY (Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes) Blaike McDougall (8) 56.5kg

6 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) (Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)) Damian Lane (9) 56.5kg

7 MILETUS (Jamie Edwards) Jamie Mott (5) 56.5kg

8 MONTEPULCIANO (Richard & Chantelle Jolly) Jake Toeroek (1) 56.5kg

9 NOBEL HEIGHTS (Matt Cumani) Will Price (a) (4)56.5kg

10 ABREED (Andrew Noblet) Jason Holder (12) 56.5kg

11 SOLAR APEX (Chris Waller) Not declared (7) 56.5kg

12 SUPPRESSION (NZ) (Chris Waller) Not declared (13) 56.5kg

13 TOKEN SPIRIT (Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock) Barend Vorster (11) 56.5kg

14 ICHIBANSANSABOIS (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas) Ms Caitlin Jones (14) 56.5kg

15 PERSONAL (Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes) Damien Oliver (16) 54.5kg

16 SHEBRINGZIT (Mick Huxtable) Karl Zechner (3) 54.5kg

Originally published asExplosive Jack favoured for Derby treble

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