Chatham Stakes Field – R9 Victoria Derby Day

The 2011 Chatham Stakes or ‘ 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