Talent-Rich Chairman’s Stakes Nominations Released

Nineteen three-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) at Morphettville Racecourse, highlighted by the pending appearance of a number of exciting Adelaide Autumn Carnival prospects.

Phillip Stokes is poised to saddle Colonel Custer in Saturday's Chairman's Stakes at Morphettville. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Phillip Stokes is poised to saddle Colonel Custer in Saturday’s Chairman’s Stakes at Morphettville. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Colonel Custer has posted a number of good results for leading South Australian trainer Phillip Stokes and will relish a step-up to 2020m in the 2016 Chairman’s Stakes.

Capping a strong 2015 campaign a credible sixth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Colonel Custer resumed this time for success in the Schweppes Handicap (1250m), the Savabeel colt was unlucky to be blocked for a run when eighth in the Fraar BM64 (1550m) on March 12th.

Having responded well for second in a Morphettville minor over 1550m on April 2nd, Colonel Custer suffered minor respiratory issues during the running of the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) a fortnight ago but has reportedly overcome the ailment.

Darren Weir has experienced plenty of success with Howard Be Thy Name this time and has included the classy stayer in 2016 Chairman’s Stakes nominations.

Yet to finish outside the first three through nine career starts so far, Howard Be Thy Name posted a maiden race win in the Porter Plant Maiden Plate (1600m) on January 27th before finishing a close second to Jerilderee Letter in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) on February 5th.

Returning to winning form in the Racing.com BM70 (1600m) on March 31st, the son of Redoute’s Choice posted his first black type win in the Port Adelaide Guineas last time.

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig are poised to launch a two-pronged attack on the three-year-old feature after including both Concubine and Fair Isle in 2016 Chairman’s Stakes nominations.

Having started her career under the guidance of Gai Waterhouse, Concubine returned this time for third in the Only A Little Bit Over Maiden (1200m) before posting her maiden win in the XXXX Gold Plate (1400m) at Pakenham on March 31st.

Making a competitive transition to black type company when sixth in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) on April 9th, the Redoute’s Choice filly finished mid-pack in last weekend’s Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m).

Fair Isle resumed for second in the Slickpix Maiden Plate (1400m) on March 17th; progressing to fourth in the Unox Maiden Plate (1500m) before winning the Select One Catering Maiden Plate (1624m) on April 15th.

The 2016 Chairman’s Stakes field will be released following the conclusion of a barrier draw on Wednesday.

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2016 Chairman’s Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3612 BURTON G 3 David Brideoake 63
2 382×10 CHENERS G 3 Sue Jaensch 58
3 52276×1820 COLONEL CUSTER (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes 67
4 4×3160 CONCUBINE F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 61
5 43×433 DREADED (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 57
6 x166x70457 DROPPED G 3 Jon O’Connor 58
7 73854618 DUXEVA G 3 Greg Lesnikowski 60
8 7236×241 FAIR ISLE (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 61
9 3×13 FIFE F 3 Robert Smerdon 63
10 5431653345 HARDERN G 3 David Brideoake 71
11 333221211 HOWARD BE THY NAME C 3 Darren Weir 76
12 831 LET’S TWIST F 3 Michael Kent 62
13 32×5531215 MAIL IT IN G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 70
14 6x17x186 MANHATTAN BOSS G 3 Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 64
15 4527×09466 PATCH ADAMS C 3 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 70
16 33×031 READY RIGHT NOW G 3 Tony McEvoy 62
17 6L441x1145 RONG DOOR REGGIE G 3 Matt Laurie 69
18 15×2321134 ROYAL RUMBLE G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 91
19 10343×8153 WAR LEGEND (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 68


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