2017 SA Derby Favourite Tops Chairman’s Stakes Nominations

Pre-post favourite to take out the South Australian Derby 2017 next month, Odeon is the headline nomination for Saturday’s Chairman’s Stakes at Morphettville.


Local SA Derby-bound Morvada is one of the key 2017 Chairman’s Stakes nominations for this Saturday in Adelaide. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

To be run on the main track, this season’s $120,000 Group 3 SA Chairman’s Stakes (2030m) attracted 21 early entries.

The race is the perfect lead-up into the $600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) run back at Morphettville this season on May 13.

Futures SA Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Zacinto gelding Odeon as the early $7 co-favourite with Ciaron Maher’s ATC Derby fourth placegetter Ruthven.

A winner of back-to-back Victorian races over 1400m at Bendigo and the Mornington mile respectively in March, Odeon was last seen finishing a narrow second to Grand Chancellor at Morphettville in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on April 8.

That run was enough to see him secure a spot at the top of the SA Derby odds, a position he will retain if he can post a win in the Chairman’s Stakes this weekend in Adelaide.

Port Adelaide Guineas winner Grand Chancellor is also among the standout entries for this year’s Chairman’s Stakes, the Phillip Stokes-trained local chasing a fourth win from seven career starts.

Currently a $21 shot to hold out the better fancied interstate raiders in next month’s South Australian Derby, consistent Savabeel colt Grand Chancellor gets the chance to prove himself over the extra metres on Saturday.

The highest-rated of the Chairman’s Stakes nominees are the Peter Jolly-trained Morvada and Anaheim for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Morvada is a locally-trained Mossman gelding who finished last to Prized Icon in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in Melbourne last spring after a brave second to Sacred Elixir as a $41 roughie in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) in his Melbourne debut.

He has won one of his four runs this time in and was three lengths away fourth to Grand Chancellor last time out in the Port Adelaide Guineas and is a $17 SA Derby chance ahead of Saturday’s lead-up.

Anaheim ($11), the other shortest priced SA Derby chance in Saturday’s Group 3 after Odeon, drops in grade after finishing ninth to Jon Snow in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half at Randwick on April 1.

Before that he was far from disgraced when crossing under two lengths away fifth as a $31 shot behind Hey Doc in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and then fourth to the NZ Derby winner Gingernuts in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

Other notable Chairman’s Stakes nominees include the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Rebel Raider gelding Waging War and last start Group 3 Frank Packer Plate third-placed Screamarr for Anthony & Edward Cummings.

The SA Chairman’s Stakes 2017 field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday, but in the meantime you can check out the early SA Derby markets online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Chairman’s Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 29/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 43451×493 ADATTO (NZ) G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 63
2 5746422649 AHECKSTAR F 3 Tom Jolly 52
3 23211×3549 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
4 420 ANGELUCCI (NZ) C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 59
5 989×6952 BARSHONTI G 3 John Hyam 55
6 4x5216x687 BILLET DOUX G 3 Gordon Richards 57
7 161275×802 CASTA G 3 Tony McEvoy 64
8 321827130 DOMESTICATED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 67
9 5×17121 GRAND CHANCELLOR (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes 78
10 2×333 HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 3 Richard Laming 58
11 20×321 JUDELLY G 3 Ciaron Maher 62
12 22320×5134 MORVADA G 3 Peter Jolly 81
13 2×122 NETHERFIELD (NZ) G 3 Mick Price 63
14 271546×112 ODEON (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 75
15 65×32109 ROCK GISELLE F 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 61
16 04318×41 SAYONARAMOSA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher 66
17 9865×71453 SCREAMARR G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 70
18 76×1315 SOJU WARRIOR G 3 Mark Kavanagh 68
19 2215×517 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir 65
20 x3341x9711 WAGING WAR G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 68
21 x238x23201 WANTED BY ALL G 3 Chris Bieg 62


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