This Saturday Morphettville Racecourse will come alive for South Australian Derby Day, one of the meeting’s major support races being the Adelaide Guineas 2012.
There were 17 early entries for this year’s edition of the $80,000 Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) the top-rated of which is the Terry & Karina O’Sullivan-trained Balzeus.
The God’s Own gelding will be out for successive stakes wins following their victory in the Listed HC Nitschke Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on April 21.
Saturday will be Balzeus’ first look at the mile and connections are confident they will handle the step up in distance without issue.
Nitschke Stakes runner-up Riziz has also been nominated to back-up in the Adelaide Guineas on Saturday.
Prepared by local horseman Ken Sweeny the Zariz gelding has been racing competitively all season and also goes to the 1600-metres for the first time in the Guineas.
Among the other highly-rated Adelaide Guineas nominees are the likes of the Danny O’Brien-trained Flemington visitor The New Boy, Phillip Stokes’ Exceed And Excel filly Just Discreet coming off a Schweppervescence Stakes seventh, and Meshmaker.
Sam Kavanagh’s Testa Rossa gelding Meshmaker, last seen running two and a half lengths away seventh to Heaven’s Riches in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) at the track last Saturday, should appreciate dropping back to the mile this weekend.
Sam’s famous Melbourne Cup winning trainer father Mark Kavanagh will also be represented in the Adelaide Guineas this year having nominated for Hammer Time and Moon Devil.
The final field for the day’s major feature, the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) is now out with bookmaker.com.au odds to follow.
The other Morphettville race fields will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
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2012 Adelaide Guineas Nominations
Morphettville – 05/05/2012
|1||BALZEUS||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||3||57.5kg||77|
|2||CROSS OF GOLD||David Hayes||7||57.5kg||70|
|4||GREY MUSTANG||Richard Jolly||15||57.5kg||61|
|5||HAMMER TIME||Mark Kavanagh||14||57.5kg||61|
|6||HOT LOVER||Patrick Payne||8||57.5kg||70|
|7||KINSELMAC MANNER||Craig Stewart||9||57.5kg||62|
|9||MOON DEVIL||Mark Kavanagh||16||57.5kg||60|
|11||REIGN OF TERROR||Neville Parnham||6||57.5kg||68|
|13||ROUGH DEAL||John Hickmott||10||57.5kg||61|
|14||THE NEW BOY||Danny O’Brien||1||57.5kg||72|
|15||CHAMPAGNE RUBY||Greg Eurell||11||55.5kg||66|
|16||JUST DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||5||55.5kg||71|
|17||SISTER SWIFT||Paul Seater||13||55.5kg||63|