Race Nine on the Victoria Derby Day card at Flemington this Saturday is the 2011 Chatham Stakes or ‘tab.com.au Stakes’.
Far from being a fill in race at the end of the card this Group 3 contest shapes as a potential highlight based on the quality of horses that will be represented.
As you can see in the Chatham Stakes form guide below nearly every horse has claims at their full potential, it’s just a matter of which horses show up on the day.
Some are dropping back from the higher level, others are coming up from lower grades. Some come back in distance, others go up in distance. Some are in good form, others have form that’s far more patchy.
As you can see it makes it a pretty tricky race for punters to get a hold of which is why we’ve done some of the work for you.
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2011 Chatham Stakes Form Guide
Ran second last in the Manikato off a hot pace set by Sepoy but drops in grade here and should perform better. He’s four from five at the trip so certainly not one to discount.
Two starts back he won the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes so at group 3 level here he simply has to be every chance. Forget his run in the Toorak Handicap as he didn’t handle the mile, back to 1400m there’s little reason he can’t win again. That is of course only if he can get across from barrier 15.
Ran last in the Epsom in what was a very peculiar performance, the only reason we can find is he didn’t run the trip. That being said he’s won over a mile before so that seems weird. At his best he’s every chance here, we just hope there are no issues there.
This horse is rocks and diamonds, he could come out and blow them all away or he could simply tail of at the back. We think Flemington will suit his style though, it’s just a matter of how much he gives away at the start because he simply has no gate speed.
Ran second to Black caviar last start, not a bad claim, although he was six lengths off the great mare in a four horse race. That being said he’s still a capable runner and the start before that he did win at Mornington.
Sixth in the Gilgai Stakes around four lengths off Temple Of Boom but is better suited here. This is his favourite trip and one of his favourite tracks, look for him flying home late.
Ninth in the Moonga Stakes and probably not as many excuses as some of the others. Looks out of it on recent form and we can find a few we like better.
Ran third last at Caulfield in the Moonga Stakes and we can’t see much changing on Saturday.
Last start finished dead last in the Toorak Handicap, another weird result for a horse that’s a lot better than that. He had a month between runs before that though so technically is second up here and should improve accordingly. Another that looks to be suited by Flemington.
Fourth in the Moonga Stakes after winning the Testa Rossa so he’s definitely some sort of hope here. Gets gate one as well so will settle just off the speed.
Sixth in the Moonga so needs to improve a lot to be in with a shot here. That said he’s won three form six at the trip so he’s a shot.
Up in grade from Listed level last start but he won and one well over a decent sort of a field. Needs to improve to win here but from gate three and carrying winning form there’s not a lot you can take away from the horse given it’s won three times from four goes at the trip and three times from five goes at the track.
First up since the Brisbane Carnival and while he’s at long odds he’s not the worst prospect. If he’s fit here he’ll go to the front and they won’t run past him without a fight.
Second last in a handicap last start, not for us.
Did nothing in the Seymour Cup and is out of his depth here.
Chosen To Fly
Second to Testa My Patience in a Caulfield Handicap, the winner has franked that form so maybe an exotic player.
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