The last race on the Adelaide card this Saturday is the Chairman’s Stakes 2016, to be run on the main track at Morphettville Racecourse.
All seven lead-up races run at Morphettville Parks before the meeting comes to a close with Race 8 at 4:43pm (local) – the $120,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m).
Originally a final field of 14 three-year-olds, many eyeing a run in the $500,000 Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) back at Morphettville on May 14 during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival, were engaged to face off in the set weights clash.
The early scratching of the David Brideoake-trained Burton (11) however has left 13 in the mix, the updated Chairman’s Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by market mover Howard Be Thy Name ($3.20).
Due to jump from barrier seven with Brad Rawiller aboard, Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir prepares the super-consistent Redoute’s Choice colt.
Howard Be Thy Name has had nine starts to date for three wins, three seconds and three thirds meaning he is yet to finish out of the money.
His latest start was at Morphettville Parks on April 16 when he enjoyed a one length win from a similar barrier six (of 17) draw in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m), an ideal lead-up to the Chairman’s Stakes.
The favourite is up in distance but is proven over more metres having run a close second in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) at Hobartville back in early February.
Following Howard Be Thy Name in current Chairman’s Stakes betting this season are four other single figure hopes including Royal Rumble ($4.40) drawn a treat in barrier three with Clare Lindop to ride.
Prepared locally by Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas, the New Approach gelding has had five starts at the track to date for three wins and a third, his latest victory being on March 14 in the Listed CS Hayes Stakes (1600m).
He has had two runs since including a trip to Melbourne on April 16 where he was far from disgraced finishing fourth to Bengal Cat in the VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m), improvement expected as he returns home on the weekend.
Close third favourite drawn wide out in barrier 12 (into 11) paying $5.50 is the fellow Macdonald & Gluyas-trained Mail It In.
Jason Holder retains the ride on the Rest gelding who is yet to win over further than 1550m and who ran two lengths away fifth from a similarly wide gate (14) in the Port Adelaide Guineas last time out.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the win are the Michael Moroney-trained Flemington visitor War Legend ($6.50) coming off a Port Adelaide Guineas third and Matt Laurie’s fellow Victorian raider Rong Door Reggie ($8.50) jumping from barriers eight and six respectively.
At more generous odds and after an upset Chairman’s Stakes result on Saturday is the Terry & Karina O’Sullivan-trained Dane Shadow colt Patch Adams ($12) who is the best of the double-figure hopes despite drawing the outside alley for jockey Paul Gatt to overcome.
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