2012 Adelaide Guineas Nominations – SA Derby Day

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.

Mark Kavanagh

Mark Kavanagh has multiple 2012 Adelaide Guineas nominees for this Saturday's clash

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 BALZEUS Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 3 57.5kg 77
2 CROSS OF GOLD David Hayes 7 57.5kg 70
3 DURNFORD Pat Carey 17 57.5kg 60
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
8 MESHMAKER Sam Kavanagh 2 57.5kg 75
9 MOON DEVIL Mark Kavanagh 16 57.5kg 60
10 RAILBLAZER Nigel Blackiston 12 57.5kg 63
11 REIGN OF TERROR Neville Parnham 6 57.5kg 68
12 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney 4 57.5kg 73
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