Lee & Shannon Hope’s now Seymour-based youngster Prima may have a horror barrier draw but he is still the 2015 Chairman’s Stakes favourite in Adelaide this weekend.
The Sir Percy gelding is one of a capacity 16 starters facing off in the $115,000 Group 3 Quayclean Chairman’s Stakes (2020m), the set weights clash running on the Morphettville Main Track as Race 7 at 4:13pm (local).
An early scratching from Robbie Laing sees Maldonado come out and the first of two emergencies, the Mick Price-trained Maysoor gain a start in the Chairman’s Stakes.
Leading the Ladbrokes.com.au markets at $3.80 meanwhile is New Zealand import Prima in his debut run down under at career start number seven.
The progressive maiden may be yet to taste success but he has multiple Group placings back in NZ including a second to subsequent Group 1 New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) in February.
Prima could only manage to run 10th when failing to run out a strong 2400m in the Derby, but atoned on April 6 when down to a mile and finishing only a quarter length away second in his final start back in New Zealand.
Following the favourite in the Chairman’s Stakes odds at $4.50 is the market mover Magicool backed in from an opening price of $5.
Drawn in gate two with Joe Bowditch to ride, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Fastnet Rock gelding ran well in Melbourne during the autumn after a spring campaign that culminated with a fifth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in November.
His best runs this time in include a fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield and his victory at the same track over 2000m last time out when narrowly hanging on to beat Triple Gold by a nose.
The other single figure hopes are the Nick Smart-trained October Date ($4.80) coming off a fourth in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley and Turbo Street ($6) before the value runners in the market come into play including the rails-drawn The Narcissist ($11) and Thermogenic ($12).
So who do you back and who do you sack in Adelaide’s Chairman’s Stakes this weekend?
#6 Turbo Street ($6)
Turbo Street has the nasty barrier draw (15) but the recent form of this perennial placegetter suggests he is close to a strike. From 10 starts Tony McEvoy’s Encosta De Lago gelding has had just the one win, but he comes off back-to-back seconds at home over 1600m and 1800m respectively. The most recent was in the traditional Chairman’s lead-up, the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas, when he was under half a length off Jim’s Journey. Happy to give him a chance to handle the gate and break the drought.
#3 October Date ($4.80)
A better barrier (eight) for the local Barley A Moment gelding who won over the mile here back in late February. He backed up from that to run a brave fourth in Melbourne’s Group 2 Alister Clark when just over three lengths off the winner Chill Party following a luckless run. He’s had a freshen-up since then and is back home hoping for a better run to return to his winning form prior to that.
#9 Thermogenic ($12)
Phillip Stokes-trained Northern Meteor colt ran fifth in the Port Adelaide, beaten over six and a half lengths, which he should be able to improve on this weekend appreciating more metres. His run was luckless last time out and there’s a jockey change with Dom Tourneur jumping aboard.
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