2014 Chairman’s Stakes Nominations Led By Gamblin’ Guru

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.

Gamblin' Guru

Port Adelaide Guineas winner Gamblin' Guru is nominated for Saturday's 2014 Chairman's Stakes. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 A CERTAIN GIRL Matt Laurie 61
2 ALWAYS LUCKY (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 59
3 CREANCE John MacMillan 68
4 EXALTED TOBY Karen Byrnes 61
5 EXCITES ZELADY Chris Bieg 79
6 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 85
7 GRAVITATIONAL Danny O’Brien 62
8 KINCAPLE CHIEF (NZ) David Hayes 64
9 KUSHADASI Richard Jolly 85
10 LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ) Stuart Webb 61
11 MEADOWS ANGEL Karen Byrnes 68
12 MEGAMIND Robbie Griffiths 61
13 MISS CAROBOSE Leigh Childs 61
14 MORE REWARDING Mick Price 67
15 NEW CONCEPT Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 56
16 REBELLE Mick Huxtable 59
17 REDNAV Greg Eurell 62
18 ROBOCOP Shane Oxlade 55
19 SOUTHERN METEOR Peter G Moody 61
20 WHISTLE STOP Terry Kelly 62

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