Adebisi Among 2014 Chief De Beers Handicap Nominations

Not seen since February, the Desleigh Forster-trained Adebisi is set to return to racing this Saturday in Doomben’s Chief De Beers Handicap 2014.


Adebisi returns to racing in Saturday's 2014 Chief De Beers Handicap. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Shovhog six-year-old is one of 17 sprinters making up the nominations for this year’s $80,000 Listed Sita Australia Chief De Beers Handicap (1100m), running as part of the Doomben 10,000 Day action on the weekend.

Winner of the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) in February last year, but nothing since, Adebisi hasn’t raced since their nose away second behind Tiger Tees in the Listed Falvelon Handicap (1200m) at home at Eagle Farm on February 22.

Saturday then marks their return for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Adebisi coming off a second to Sacred Star in an 840m open trial at the track from last week.

Another first-up runner coming off an even longer break is then Don Robb’s Wyong-based Big Bonanza.

The Stratum six-year-old’s latest run was in July last year when then backed up from a win in the wet at Rosehill to finish runner-up behind Youthful Jack in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m).

They’ve had two trials this season leading up to their return, most recently over 1030m at Rosehill on May 12, and so look fit for their comeback run.

One of the best chances though looks to be the local Tony Gollan-trained General Nediym mare Pure Perfection coming off a win in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1100m) here from May 10.

Runner-up in the Bribie Handicap was John Thompson’s veteran Redoute’s Choice gelding Metallurgical, the rising eight-year-old another top Chief De Beers nominee as is fourth placed Seeking More for Kelso Wood who won at the track and distance the start before.

Another stakes performer in the mix is then the Robert Heathcote-trained Excellantes.

The Falvelon gelding was in top form earlier in the autumn running three top four finishes including the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm defeating Benny’s Buttons by a length and a half on April 19.

Their last start however was a disappointing 11th when beating home just one other runner in Bribie Handicap from a wide gate with a big weight, an effort they’ll be looking to bounce back from if accepted on Saturday.

Other notable hopes include the Brian Smith-trained Bymonashee who ran fourth to Steel Zip in a 1350m handicap here in March, last start Toowoomba winner Craiglea Masta and Sydney raider Tahitian Black for David Pfieffer coming off an eighth in the Hawkesbury Rush from May 3.

The complete 2014 Chief De Beers Handicap nominations are detailed below with the final field out on Wednesday and betting markets soon after.

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2014 Chief De Beers Handicap Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 24/05/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster 100
2 AVALADYLUCK Stuart Kendrick 77
4 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith 85
5 CAPE KIDNAPPERS Kelly Schweida 93
6 CRAIGLEA MASTA Andrew Mead 75
7 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote 100
8 IONA FAST ONE Brad Herne 71.5
9 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson 88
10 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker 89.5
11 NICKIERA Trevor Thomas 78
13 SEEKING MORE Kelso Wood 93
14 SHE CAN SKATE Vicki Chalmers 91
15 SNITSKY Stuart Kendrick 84
16 SOLEBID Craig Cousins 77.5
17 TAHITIAN BLACK David Pfieffer


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