2015 Group 3 SA Derby final – free tips and best bookmaker odds

VICTORIA’S domination of feature races looks set to continue this Thursday night, with the Garden State boasting six of the eight finalists in the Group 3 South Australian Derby at Angle Park.

One of those greyhounds is the exciting youngster Fever Pitch, a son of College Causeway and Drama Queen, which clocked a sizzling 29.56 in his heat last week. 

The time didn’t come as a surprise to trainer Rinaldo Divirgilio, who was expecting a forward showing, despite the fact his charge had never seen the track.

“I wasn’t surprised because I know what the dog is capable of and I thought that unless something went wrong then he would roughly run around the 29.50 mark,” Divirgilio told Australian Racing Greyhound.

A winner of 14 from 28 overall, Fever Pitch, $5 with online bookmaker Luxbet, will start from box eight in the $25,000-to-the-winner final – a box from which he remains undefeated after four starts.

“Box one would have been perfect, but in saying that I am happy enough in box eight.



“My only concern is that normally when you get to these big finals something has got to give – I am just hoping that he doesn’t get wiped out on the first turn if he gets caught out wide.”

All going to plan, Divirgilio is hopeful Fever Pitch can begin cleanly and be up pressuring for the lead around the first turn.



“He gets excited and sometimes he tends to jump up and down in the boxes, but if he gets the start right he will probably be up near the front. 



“I think he can improve, particularly in his middle section, because he seemed to be feeling his way around the first turn and into the back last week.”

Divirgilio rates superstar sprinter Dyna Double One, $2.20 with Crownbet, as the the dog to beat from box four. One of three finalists for leading trainer Andrea Dailly, the son of Barcia Bale and Crystin Bale stunned racegoers with a sublime 29.30 triumph last Thursday.

“He is just a professional,” Divirgilio said of Dyna Double One.

“He is the sort of dog that it doesn’t matter where he draws because he races like he has a jockey on his back.



“He knows what to do, he has plenty of experience in these type of races, whereas we will probably need things to go our way. 


“In saying that I do think Fever Pitch is ready for a series like this and I do think he has got a big race in him – hopefully it is this one.”

Other hopefuls in the race include multiple Group finalist Lektra Concord and Group 2 WA Derby winner Fun Boss, which qualified by running second behind Dyna Double One.

It’s Classified is the sole home state representative for Troy Murray. The black dog has drawn poorly in box six, but is a winner of six from 11 including a blistering 29.53 at Angle Park back in July.

The Group 3 SA Derby is race eight at Angle Park this Thursday night and is set to jump at 9:42pm.

Lets check out the form of each runner heading into the race.

Box One – Hard Bargain
Black Dog – 34.5kg – October 2013
Fabregas x Natural Sapphire
Prize money: $21,220
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 13: 5-4-3
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 30.20
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.32, Ballarat 25.35, Bendigo 23.93.

“Has a handy record and has been racing well of late without winning. Box one will assist his chances, but he does need to find a few tenths to be competitive at this level.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $21 with Crownbet



Box Two – Lektra Concord
White and Fawn Dog – 32.8kg – March 2013
Where’s Pedro x Supreme Vision
Prize money: $51,700
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 44: 10-6-5
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.82
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.36, 29.42, 29.53, 29.58, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Launching Pad, 2015 Group 2 McKenna Memorial.

“Very good greyhound on his night and his run behind Fever Pitch last week was solid when clocking 29.82. He has been racing similar company in his recent starts, but will probably find this race a little tough with a fast beginner drawn on his outside.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $41 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Fun Boss
Black Dog – 30.1kg – July 2013
Kinloch Brae x Alotta Fun
Prize money: $102,040
Trainer: Lexia Isaac
Career: 29: 15-8-2
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.78
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 WA Derby.

“Should be up near the lead in the early stages and he will be right in the mix from that position. Last week he clocked a fast 29.78 in running second behind Dyna Double One, and a repeat performance would put him right in the calculations.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $9 with Luxbet

Box Four – Dyna Double One
Black Dog – 34.8kg – March 2013
Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale
Prize money: $238,448
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 34: 19-8-4
T/D: 2: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 29.30
Career Highlights: WON Albion Park 29.51TR, 2015 Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation, 2ND 2015 Group 2 WA Derby, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, 2015 Group 1 Winter Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic.

“Freakish greyhound which clocked a phenomenal 29.30 in his heat last week. If he gets any luck in running, he should blow them away. He does have to contend with box four which is never favourable in feature finals, but he has the class to overcome it.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $2.20 with Crownbet

Box Five – Amaro Bale
Red Brindle Dog – 30.1kg – March 2013
Kinloch Brae x Princess Bale
Prize money: $62,690
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 50: 11-14-4
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 30.12
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson.

“Has won three of his past four including his 30.12 heat here last week, but this is a meteoric rise in class and it is hard to see him featuring from box five.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $21 with Sportsbet

Box Six – It’s Classified
Black Dog – 33.7kg – July 2013
Velocette x Abbadale Elle
Prize money: $10,035
Trainer: Troy Murray
Career: 11: 6-3-1
T/D: 9: 5-2-1
T/D Best: 29.53
Career Highlights: WON Angle Park 29.53, FINALIST 2015 SA Champion Puppy Finalist.

“Local charge with a slick 29.53 personal best over the track and trip. If he can reproduce that run, he will be right amongst it.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $21 with Bet365

Box Seven – Blazin’ Bomber
Black Dog – 32.5kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $58,200
Trainer: Darren Pattinson
Career: 13: 11-1-1
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.61
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, Sandown Park 29.27, 29.44, The Meadows 29.60.

“Class act which won’t mind the wide draw, but his lack of pace will make things a bit more difficult.”

Box Eight – Fever Pitch
Black Dog – 35.0kg – March 2013
College Causeway x Drama Queen
Prize money: $76,310
Trainer: Rinaldo Divirgilio
Career: 28: 14-2-3
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.56
Career Highlights: WON Sale 24.79, Warragul 25.82, Sandown Park 29.27, The Meadows 29.63, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Launching Pad.

“Dazzling 29.56 heat performance at what was his first look at the track. He should get a trouble free run in the early stages and if he can manage to cross he will take a power of beating, with the only runner capable of running him down being Dyna Double One.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $5 with Luxbet

1st Reserve – Percy’s Lad
Black Dog – 29.9kg – June 2013
Kilty Lad x Cosmic Aphrodite
Prize money: $34,655
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 26: 7-3-4
T/D: 1: 0-0-1
T/D Best: 29.80
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.31, Shepparton 25.43, Warrnambool 25.36.

“Will get a start in the final after the scratching of Blazin’ Bomber, but will be facing a tough task against some very talented greyhounds.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $16 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Armani
Black Dog – 29.7kg – April 2013
Magic Sprite x How Goods That
Prize money: $17,520
Trainer: Steve Shinners
Career: 18: 10-2-3
T/D: 1: 0-0-1
T/D Best: 30.08
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.55, Mandurah 22.53, Northam 29.33.

“WA chaser with a handy record that would need to go up a level to be competitive in this race.”

Odds to win the SA Derby: $51 with Bet365

Top Four: 4-8-3-6

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