The 2011 Chatham Stakes or ‘tab.com.au Stakes’ as it is known this year shapes as a fantastic finisher to Victoria Derby Day at Flemington this Saturday.
The Chatham Stakes is Race 9, the final event of the card and could give punters a valuable end to their Victoria Derby Day by the looks of the final field.
A full capacity of 16 starters are scheduled to take their spots in the barriers and quality is littered among them.
The Chatham Stakes may be a Group 3 rated event but at least half a dozen of these horses wouldn’t look out of shape battling at the top level.
In fact #2 Toorak Toff won at Group 1 level just two starts back!
Track conditions are the key to this race given a least 100 horses are going to have chopped up the ground before them.
If Flemington is rated in the slow ranges at race one unless there a hot sun up above you can almost guarantee we’ll be in for a down grade by the time this race jumps.
With the threat f rain hanging around Melbourne at the moment make sure you do you form taking into consideration how versatile a horse is on a rain affected surface.
In terms of class there are a couple of standouts you’ll no doubt be looking at.
As mentioned earlier Toorak Toff is hard to miss given the level he’s already go to this prep.
Thankgodyou’rehere is another talented horse and if he gets the run he could be a show at the end.
Woorim probably has the best closing kick of any runner but it’s just a matter of whether or not he can find it on the day.
Others of note include Torio’s Quest, Amaethon and Niblick.
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2011 Chatham Stakes Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2X31330X67||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||2||59kg||112|
|2||24X5X0X510||TOORAK TOFF||Rick Hore-Lacy||Craig Williams||15||59kg||112|
|3||X2435X5310||THANKGODYOU’REHERE||Patrick & Wayne Webster||Damien Oliver||14||56.5kg||107|
|4||45171X1066||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Michael Rodd||16||56kg||105|
|5||X15750X012||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||6||55.5kg||103|
|6||00023X19X6||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||11||55.5kg||104|
|7||10X891X799||ROTHERA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||55.5kg||103|
|8||X116121X20||BUDRIGUEZ||David Jolly||Corey Brown||10||55kg||102|
|9||1X86401X20||TORIO’S QUEST||Brett Partelle||Hugh Bowman||7||54.5kg||101|
|10||4X42534X14||AMAETHON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||1||54kg||100|
|11||11X21263X6||LAUNAY||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54kg||100|
|12||13X29104X1||NIBLICK||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||3||53.5kg||99|
|13||28X282460X||LISTEN SON||Tony Gollan||Glyn Schofield||9||53kg||98|
|14||463734X480||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes||Craig Newitt||5||53kg||98|
|15||3238X40080||CHASM||Heath Conners||Danny Nikolic||12||53kg||97|
|16||11000X1372||CHOSEN TO FLY||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Peter Mertens||13||53kg||89|