SA Chairman’s Stakes 2012 Final Field & Barriers

This Saturday Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse will host their biggest day in history with Black Caviar coming to town, another of the Group features on a crack eight race card being the 2012 SA Chairman’s Stakes.

Mark Kavanagh

Mark Kavanagh will look for back-to-back wins in the 2012 Chairman's Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday

A final field of 16 starters plus one emergency has been accepted for this year’s edition of the $115,000 Group 3 SA Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) which is due to run as Morphettville Race 6 at 3:15pm, one event before the mighty Black Caviar shoots for her 20th consecutive career win in the Robert Sangster Stakes 2012.

Sitting at the top of the Chairman’s Stakes field with the No. 1 saddlecloth is the Anthony Freedman-trained Cornell.

Drawn in gate eight with Vlad Duric to ride the Elusive Quality gelding is out for their third straight win of the season, Duric aboard for both of their autumn successes so far.

Last seen putting a good two and a half lengths on their closest rival Meshamker in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) at the track on April 14, Cornell is also likely to open favourite in the Chairman’s Stakes odds at once they’re released.

Freedman will also be represented in the Chairman’s Stakes field on Saturday by Crystalised with
Daniel Moor to ride them from the inside alley.

The progressive Zabeel filly is beautifully bred and bursting with potential, but she has only ever raced over 1700-metres and is yet to see the track.

Still her pedigree says she will love the distance and she is sure to be well liked in the markets.

The horses that finished two-three behind Cornell in the Port Adelaide Guineas last start have also both been accepted for the Chairman’s on Saturday.

Runner-up Meshmaker from the stables of Sam Kavanagh has suffered an early blow drawing wide in barrier 16 while third placed Banner should get a gun run from barrier five with Jason Holder to ride the Matt Laurie-trained youngster.

The only other last start winner in the field aside from Cornell is then the Robbie Laing-trained Frisky No More coming off a narrow 1400m victory at Cranbourne who has drawn nicely in barrier four with Mark Zahra engaged.

Laing has also accepted for Heaven’s Riches and Rock Musician drawn in barriers 10 and seven respectively.

Hussonet colt Rock Musician will be ridden by Glen Boss on Saturday, the perennial placegetter coming off three seconds most recently over 2080-metres at Cranbourne on April 13.

Mark Kavanagh meanwhile will look for back-to-back wins following the victory of Kittens last year having accepted for Hammer Time, a likely roughie in the markets drawn in gate two.

See below for the full 2012 SA Chairman’s Stakes field, barriers and jockeys.

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2012 SA Chairman’s Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 6 – 3:15pm – 28/04/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2125920X11 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 8 57.5kg 83
2 0412151902 MESHMAKER Sam Kavanagh Chad Lever 16 57.5kg 75
3 3X5221X888 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 3 57.5kg 65
4 34938X9849 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing Craig Robertson 17 57.5kg 64
5 1709X1006 NICONOISE David Hayes Steven Arnold 13 57.5kg 68
6 1214X803 BANNER Matt Laurie Jason Holder 5 57.5kg 68
7 21X0979 SOUTHERN INVASION Margaret Ruberry Shayne Cahill 9 57.5kg 63
8 923528X222 ROCK MUSICIAN Robbie Laing Glen Boss 7 57.5kg 61
9 21824X0752 HAROLDHAUT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 6 57.5kg 60
10 682X421X90 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing Michael Walker 10 57.5kg 61
11 07X410 HAMMER TIME Mark Kavanagh Joe Bowditch 2 57.5kg 61
12 9X0X1 FRISKY NO MORE (NZ) Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 4 57.5kg 62
13 3322 QUICK RETORT Stephen Theodore Craig Robertson 11 55.5kg 63
14 231019 ELLDAMI Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 15 55.5kg 70
15 5166X10 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent 14 55.5kg 65
16 33134 CRYSTALISED (NZ) Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 1 55.5kg 62
17e 4X767X20 DURNFORD Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 12 57.5kg 60