Mark Kavanagh’s last start Melbourne winner Magicool leads a full field of three-year-olds facing off in the Chairman’s Stakes 2015 at Morphettville in Adelaide this Saturday.
An early Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up for young guns heading towards the lucrative $500,000 Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) on May 3, this year’s $115,000 Group 3 Quayclean Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) features 16 starters plus two emergencies.
Joe Bowditch rides Kavanagh’s progressive Fastnet Rock gelding Magicool, fifth to Preferment in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington last November, from a nice barrier two draw replacing Patrick Moloney who was aboard for the Victorian raider’s 2000m win at Caulfield last time out on April 4.
Also coming off a last start win are the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained High Chaparral colt Lucques with winning form up to 1850m, Darren Weir’s Turffontein gelding The Narcissist and Superheist for Murray Bridge horseman John O’Connor who won over 2100m at Gawler earlier in the month.
Suffering an early blow with the outside Chairman’s Stakes barrier draw was the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained Prima with Dean Yendall booked to ride the Sir Percy gelding in his maiden run outside of New Zealand.
Also drawn wide in the Chairman’s this weekend are the likes of the Tony McEvoy-trained perennial placegetter Turbo Street (15) who ran second in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on April 11, 13th in that traditional lead-up into the Chairman’s Valdez (16) and Grumpy Guru (17).
Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas’s Al Maher gelding Grumpy Guru raced over the mile at Balaklava on April 15 running third and is out over more distance this weekend with top local hoop Clare Lindop in the saddle.
Phillip Stokes meanwhile saddles up Time Walker and Husson’s Shout drawn in gates seven and 14 respectively, the local stablemates rounding out the confirmed starters, along with Thermogenic.
Thermogenic is a Dom Tourneur mount in barrier 12, the Northern Meteor colt coming off a fifth in the Port Adelaide Guineas with improvement tipped for this weekend.
Other notable chances include the Nick Smart-trained October Date coming off a fourth in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley from March 20 and the consistent Ron Daniel-trained Chu Chu Charlie in barrier five with a jockey still to be confirmed for the Port Fairy-based gelding.
See below for the full SA Chairman’s Stakes 2015 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2015 Chairman’s Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 7 (4:13pm) – 25/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||12155×8461||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||Joe Bowditch||2||57.5kg||79|
|2||043202||PRIMA (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Dean Yendall||18||57.5kg||70|
|3||19×214||OCTOBER DATE||Nick Smart||Shayne Cahill||8||57.5kg||69|
|4||23221×12||CHU CHU CHARLIE||Ron Daniel||TBA||5||57.5kg||68|
|5||6×5123091||LUCQUES||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Noel Callow||6||57.5kg||67|
|6||57160×2022||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||15||57.5kg||65|
|7||242054×319||BEAU’S MY BOY||Jon O’Connor||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||9||57.5kg||64|
|8||x471743230||VALDEZ||Graeme McCulloch & David Keating||Simon Price||16||57.5kg||62|
|9||0145×325||THERMOGENIC||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||12||57.5kg||62|
|10||7816||MALDONADO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||TBA||11||57.5kg||62|
|11||5431||THE NARCISSIST||Darren Weir||John Allen||1||57.5kg||62|
|12||70×713||GRUMPY GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||17||57.5kg||62|
|13||24x8x9619||MAKO MAGIC||Craig Curtis||Jeffrey Maund||10||57.5kg||61|
|14||8×05721||SUPERHEIST||John A O’Connor||Harry Coffey (a)||4||57.5kg||61|
|15||6×310||TIME WALKER||Phillip Stokes||Paul Gatt||7||57.5kg||60|
|16||36×2140||HUSSON’S SHOUT||Phillip Stokes||Todd Pannell||14||57.5kg||59|
|18e||69159×9707||FRANK HEAVENS||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Ronnie Stewart||3||57.5kg||54|