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Cork-born jockey Johnny Allen won his third South Australian Derby with this morning's victory aboard favorite Russian Camelot in the $ 400,000 Group 1 2500m (1m 4½f) race in Morphettville, Adelaide.
Victoria's rider and Irish-bred foal Danny O & # 39; Brien, son of Coolmore's Investec Derby winner in 2012, Camelot, defeated Dalasan by one and three quarters with Victoria Derby winner, Warning, one more length ago third.
Corkman Allen, who previously won the race with horses trained by Darren Weir, Howard Be Thy Name (2016) and Volatile Mix (2017), remained the favorite throughout the contest and was impressed with the performance of Russian Camelot at this event. third victory, admitting:
"Obviously, he is an exceptional horse. Much has been made of his preparation, but I think the most important factor is that he is still six months younger than these horses. If he can beat them now, when he turned three, imagine what he can do in six months or a year. "
Russian Camelot, the first foal in the northern hemisphere to win a Derby in Australia, entered the race from his wide space that bypassed the home shift, taking the lead in the final 150 meters and putting the daylight between him and his rivals.
There was a sting on bail for the Irish, however, after his 9º Success in Group 1 in Australia, when the stewards found him guilty of walking carelessly at the start of the race. Allen was said to have reinforced the Exalted Ambition by moving the favorite onto the trail at the 2000-meter mark.
As a result, he was suspended for five meetings in South Australia, starting after next Saturday's Group 1 meeting in Morphettville.
Camelot from Russia was the final part of a Saturday treble for Allen, who had won the production bets of the Group SA Sires of Group 3 above 1400m (7f) with Ringbolt and Adelaide Galvanizing 1600m (1 mile) Adelaide Guineas , at Game Keeper.
After this impressive victory this morning, Russian Camelot was promoted to favorite at the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) in Flemington on the 3rd.rd November.