Chairman’s Stakes 2017 Field & Betting: SA Derby Lead-Up

The traditional South Australian 2017 lead-up race runs at Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday in Adelaide with the Chairman’s Stakes field and betting markets dominated by Anaheim.


Morvada is one of the key chances in SA Chairman’s Stakes 2017 betting in Adelaide on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Prepared by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, Fastnet Rock colt Anaheim is one of the 15 remaining three-year-olds engaged to face off in this season’s $120,000 SA Chairman’s Stakes (2030m).

The race closes proceedings at the main Morphettville track running as Race 8 at 4:44pm (ACST) and has already had one early scratching with Richard Laming withdrawing He Ekscels (15).

Updated Chairman’s Stakes odds at have Anaheim, in barrier eight with Chris Parnham to ride, installed as the clear $3.10 favourite as he drops back in class.

The up-and-coming stayer’s past three starts have been in Group 1 company, most recently producing a ninth to Jon Snow in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 1.

He is down in both grace and distance for the easier assignment on the weekend tracking towards another elite level run back at Morphettville on May 13 in the $600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m).

Pre-nomination SA Derby odds online have Anaheim installed as an $11 fancy, a price sure to firm if he can salute for the punters in the Group 3 in Adelaide on the weekend.

Occupying the second line of Chairman’s Stakes betting at a current quote of $4.80 is the Anthony & Edward Cummings-trained Screamarr.

Ms Jamie Kah rides the progressive Street Cry gelding who comes off a brave third behind Mongolian Wolf in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) on April 15 in Sydney.

This is another class test for Screamarr who chases his first win out of maiden grade, but the bookies are taking no chances.

In a tight top half of the markets there are a further two single-figure hopes with Grand Chancellor ($6) drawn a treat in barrier four and Morvada ($6.50) out in barrier 12.

Phillip Stokes saddles-up in-form local Savabeel colt Grand Chancellor who comes off a narrow victory at juicy odds in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) at the track from April 8.

Morvada is another gun local in good form, the Peter Jolly-trained son of Mossman out to improve on his fourth to Grand Chancellor in the Port Adelaide Guineas.

Unlike his last start conqueror, Morvada has been tested over the extra distance including his brave second to Sacred Elixir in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last spring in Melbourne.

The galloper then failed in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) crossing dead last behind the winner Prized Icon during the Cup Carnival, but he’ll get the chance to atone in this year’s South Australian Derby.

Other key contenders on the weekend include the Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Rebel Raider gelding Waging War ($12) chasing a third win on the trot and Mick Price’s consistent Victorian raider Netherfield to be ridden by Damien Oliver from the inside alley.

See below for the full Chairman’s Stakes 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and latest Fixed Win odds on the SA Derby lead-up – pricing provided by

2017 Chairman’s Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds


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