After a last start win in the Port Adelaide Guineas earlier in the month, the Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained Gamblin’ Guru is back for another Black Type win at Morphettville in the Chairman’s Stakes 2014this weekend.
This year’s edition of the $115,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) has attracted 20 nominees, one of the equal top-rated of which is New Approach gelding Gamblin’ Guru.
A winner of three of their 13 starts to date, including one over 2200m, Gamblin’ Guru has been in good form since their fall in the CS Hayes over the mile in early March.
One run after that they were second to Saint Or Sinner on March 29 and then on April 12 they enjoyed a narrow victory in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) earning them a shot at the Group 3 here.
They are joined in the Chairman’s Stakes nominations by stable mate New Concept out to improve on a last start eighth at Gawler on a Heavy (8) back on April 9.
Also coming via a nice Port Adelaide Guineas performance are the likes of runner-up Kushadasi and third placed Rednav for Greg Eurell.
The Richard Jolly-trained Choisir gelding Kushadasi, equal 85 top rated runner here along with Gamblin’ Guru, won two on the trot over the 1600m at Morphettville before their narrow loss last time out.
In that run they were stepped up to the 1800m for the first time, and how they handle another distance rise here will be key to the ultra-consistent (8-4-3-0) three-year-olds’ chances.
Rednav meanwhile made their Adelaide debut in the Port Adelaide following some tidy form around the country tracks in Melbourne, the Henrythenavigator gelding sure to have come on after a look at the track.
Other last start winners nominated for the Chairman’s include David Hayes’ Pentire three-year-old Kincaple Chief who won over the Sandown mile at the start of the month and the Mick Price-trained Red Ransom colt More Rewarding coming off a 2200m victory at Sale.
Others who ran inside the top 10 in the Port Adelaide Guineas leading up to their Chairman’s Stakes nomination also include Chris Bieg’s Excites Zelady (6th), the John MacMillan-trained Creance (7th) and Street Sense gelding Whistle Stop (8th).
Some of the other more notable hopes then include the Danny O’Brien-trained Gravitational who ran second at Sale over 1717m on April 17, Mick Huxtable’s Reset filly Rebelle coming off a sixth to Girl In Flight in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) and the Peter Moody-trained Southern Meteor.
The full Chairman’s Stakes 2014 nominations are listed below.
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2014 Chairman’s Stakes Nominations
Morphettville Racecourse – 26/04/2014
|1||A CERTAIN GIRL||Matt Laurie||61|
|2||ALWAYS LUCKY (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||59|
|4||EXALTED TOBY||Karen Byrnes||61|
|5||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||79|
|6||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||85|
|8||KINCAPLE CHIEF (NZ)||David Hayes||64|
|10||LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ)||Stuart Webb||61|
|11||MEADOWS ANGEL||Karen Byrnes||68|
|13||MISS CAROBOSE||Leigh Childs||61|
|14||MORE REWARDING||Mick Price||67|
|15||NEW CONCEPT||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||56|
|19||SOUTHERN METEOR||Peter G Moody||61|
|20||WHISTLE STOP||Terry Kelly||62|