Victorian Trainers Triad Dominate SA Derby Semi Finals

Eleven Victorians will contest two semi-finals of the 2008 Group 3 Coca-Cola SA Derby (515m) at in Adelaide on Thursday night.

Amazingly, eight of the 11 are prepared by three trainers from Lara, a quaint township on the outskirts of Geelong on the way to Melbourne.

Leading female mentor has four semi-finalists (Our Man Bond, Spiral Glory, and Spiral Burow), while Kylie Hunt (Jaddua Bale and Kendale Bale) and Graeme Bate (Velocette and ) have two apiece.

Also flying the flag for are Barnik Boy, trained by of Tooradin; , prepared by Mandy Dapiran of Seymour; and , trained by Darren McDonald of Devon Meadows. (McDonald won the race with Come On Lleyton in 2001.)

Velocette finsihed secind in last month’s Group 2 – was the fastest SA Derby heat winner (29.84sec), followed by local hope Manhattan Angel (30.13sec), Barnik Boy (30.15sec) and Cold Cold Change (30.43sec).

Since the event’s inception in 1972, Victoria has produced 11 SA Derby winners – Speedy Mick (1986), Welcome Stranger (1989), (1993), Benchimes (1994), Jamella Prince (1998), Great Wish (1999), Come On Lleyton (2001), Wizard’s Chess (2002), Our Spence (2004), Big Time Max (2006) and Merciless Lu (2007).

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