After the Easter break Racing returns to Morphettville this Saturday and we are now just one week away from the first of our Group 1 days of Racing.
Four black type races highlight Saturday’s eight event program. The last of the Features is Race 8, the Heineken 3 Chairman’s Stakes, which has attracted a capacity field of 16 runners.
The majority of the line up are looking to stake their claims for spots in either the Group 1 Oaks or Derby coming up at Morphettville next month.
Favouritism is held by the Anthony Freedman trained Declarationofheart. Freedman last year snared two of the four Group 1’s on offer in Adelaide, winning the UBET Classic with Shoals and the Goodwood with Santa Ana Lane.
Tony McEvoy looks set to play a significant role this week with runners in all 8 races, and leading chances in most.
His better chances appear to be Race 3 No 2 Vinland and Race 5 No 12 Illumicon.
Nice day of racing tomorrow, PPA can see several genuine chances to clean out the bookies. Adelaide's favourite lady Jamie Kah returns to her home ground, she has a handful of genuine chances to get the cookies and we will be with her all the way!
Brilliant first up performance when it was rumoured he was only ’75% fit’ Draws well, Kah steers and looks the clear best of the day.
Expect him to go to the front here from the good draw. Tempo doesn’t look to be too silly, if he gets things on his own terms up there he will be very hard to run down!
Up to the 1200 here from a dominant debut victory. Maher has this 2yo filly in great shape and with Kah on top looks a great winning chance.
PPA will be in full flight trackside for the Goodwood May the 18th. Get amongst the action and meet the team. Tickets for the AAMI Atrium here. Type PPA in the code for discount.
After a relaxing Easter weekend off up the hill at Oakbank, I’m back and could not be more excited about what is set to unfold this weekend. Four Stakes races on the card and we’re starting to see some of the best young horses arrive in town for some nice prizemoney and hopefully a few that can fill our pockets ahead of the Oaks Ladies Day next weekend.
The state’s biggest trainer Tony McEvoy looks like he’s getting set for a fill up in his home state this Autumn Carnival. McEvoy will saddle up sixteen runners on Saturday and have at least one runner in each race. This mean’s his new stable jockey Barend Vorster will have a full book of strong rides but with multiple runners in many races, it might not just be Vorster tasting plenty of success this weekend. There’s no doubt Vorster will have the plumb rides for the stable but Raquel Clark will be thrilled with her bookings on both Bring Me Roses and Vinland.
Saturday just looks to be the start of things for McEvoy with his runner Sunlight set to be the star attraction next Saturday when she steps out in the Group 1 TAB Stakes in search of her fourth Group 1 victory in the last six months.
The Group 3 Chairman’s is the final race of the day and the bookies don’t often get it wrong. Over the last six years the average winning price has been $4.20 with last year’s winner Leicester saluting at $2.20 and the ‘longest odds’ winner was Hioctdane back in 2013 at $6.70.
Seven of the last eight winners have gone onto contest the Group 1 SA Derby a fortnight later and most have fared reasonably well. Leicester and Howard Be They Name did the double while Hioctdane was the Derby runner-up.
So if we’re to believe history and the bookies it’ll be a race between five, not sixteen runners on Saturday. If want to delve into it even deeper, no horse has won the Chairman’s in the last six years without running in the top four in their last start. This surprisingly rules out the favourite, Declarationofheart, so history and the numbers are pointing to the second elect and $4.60 chance Savvy Oak. I’m backing him in to salute for the returning Jamie Kah who is riding the last start winner from the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young yard.
Not often a horse rolls into town with $600k in prizemoney to her name with only one win on her CV but that is the case with Tony McEvoy’s Bring Me Roses. The mare has contested 20 races in her career for just the one win; the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes. She also has three Group 1 placings to her name including a second placing in last year’s Empire Rose Stakes behind Shillelagh. The Postman reckons you won’t find too many better $10 chances around and she is an each way, all day play on Saturday for a sneaky little fill up.
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