This Saturday in Adelaide five Group races headline the action at Morphettville Racecourse including the 2014 Chairman’s Stakes for three-year-olds.
The $115,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) has this year attracted a field of 15 hopefuls set to face off in Morphettville Race 4 at 1:53pm (local).
Heading the field with the number one saddlecloth is the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Gamblin’ Guru who has drawn ideally in gate five with Jason Holder aboard.
Holder has ridden the New Approach gelding for their past two on the trot for a second over the mile on March 29 and their last start Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) win from April 12.
Prior to those runs the up-and-comer fell in the Listed CS Hayes Stakes (1600m) at the start of March, when ridden by Clair Lindop, something they bounced back from without issue leading up to their Group 3 run on the weekend.
The Port Adelaide Guineas is the traditional Chairman’s Stakes lead-up and has provided many of the top fancies in Saturday’s field including runner-up Kushadasi and third placed Rednav.
The Richard Jolly-trained Kushadasi didn’t have the same luck in the Chairman’s barrier draw, the consistent Choisir gelding out in gate 12 as they look to turn the tables on Gamblin’ Guru.
Before the Port Adelaide Kushadasi won back-to-back races over the Morphettville mile and how they handle the 2000m of the Chairman’s will be key.
Rednav meanwhile will be ridden from the carpark draw 15 by Daniel Stackhouse, Greg Eurell’s Henrythenavigator gelding now with an Adelaide run under their belt.
Other gallopers with double digit draws include the John MacMillan-trained Reset gelding Creance (13) out to improve on a Port Adelaide seventh and the David Hayes-trained Kincaple Chief (14).
New Zealand-bred Pentire three-year-old Kincaple Chief comes off a last tart win over the mile at Sandown Hillside from April 9 and has good Black Type form in Melbourne including their fourth to Surge Ahead in the Listed Connosseur Stakes (1800m) from the Cup Carnival last year.
Other intestate raiders with nice recent form ahead of the Chairman’s Stakes include the Danny O’Brien-trained Gravitational, fourth in last year’s Geelong Classic in the wet, to be ridden from barrier two by Craig Williams and the Peter Moody-trained Southern Meteor in eight with Luke Nolen to ride.
Northern Meteor gelding Southern Meteor last raced in South Australia at the start of March when third in a Benchmark 72 over the 1800m and they return to the track after two Melbourne runs, most recently third over 2025m at Cranbourne on April 4.
Check out the full Chairman’s Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights below.
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2014 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 4 – 1:53pm (local) – 26/04/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||3221x52F21||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||5||57.5kg||85|
|2||211×29112||KUSHADASI||Richard Jolly||Steven Arnold||12||57.5kg||85|
|3||x79512x526||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||Amy Herrmann||4||57.5kg||79|
|4||421×283127||CREANCE||John MacMillan||Shayne Cahill||13||57.5kg||68|
|5||x33254x351||KINCAPLE CHIEF (NZ)||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||14||57.5kg||64|
|6||x419747x62||GRAVITATIONAL||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||2||57.5kg||62|
|7||524312×78||WHISTLE STOP||Terry Kelly||Jamie Mott||9||57.5kg||62|
|8||455×5223||REDNAV||Greg Eurell||Daniel Stackhouse||15||57.5kg||62|
|9||09×5612350||LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ)||Stuart Webb||Mark Zahra||6||57.5kg||61|
|10||513×3303||SOUTHERN METEOR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||57.5kg||61|
|11||810||EXALTED TOBY||Karen Byrnes||Dom Tourneur||7||57.5kg||61|
|12||89×810||ALWAYS LUCKY (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Brad Rawiller||1||57.5kg||59|
|13||90421×3968||NEW CONCEPT||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Scott Westover (a)||10||57.5kg||56|
|14||63343×040||ROBOCOP||Shane Oxlade||Jeffrey Maund||11||57.5kg||55|
|15||72×4916||MISS CAROBOSE||Leigh Childs||Dean Yendall||3||55.5kg||61|