Fri, Apr 27, 8:10am by Staff Writer
Morphettville in South Australia hosts some black type racing on Saturday as they gear towards their feature meetings over the coming few weeks. This week the rail is out two-metres from the 1000m to the winning-post and true the remainder, with the track to be in the good range.
The G3 Chairman’s Stakes (2035m) – a lead-up for three-year-olds to the G1 SA Derby (2500m) – has attracted a capacity field of 14 runners although Team Snowden have made an early scratching with Californiagrandcru.
Darren Weir has four of the remaining 13 with Civil Disobedience ($5.50) drawn wide in barrier 12. A winner of four from 12 – with a further three minors – he comes into this off a fifth of 15 in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) last start after finishing midfield in the G1 NZ Derby (2400m) before that – which came off the back off a strong Listed Tasmania Derby (2200m) win. Leicester ($3) – drawn in barrier one – finished a length ahead of his stable mate in the Port Adelaide Guineas and he was a strong winner three starts back over Think Bleue who was a winner at Flemington on Anzac Day. Amerock ($20) and Savaheat ($17) have both won two races from ten and eleven starts respectively.
Greycliffe ($3.80) and High ‘N’ Dry ($4.60) – second and third in the Guineas – line up here as does Eshitiraak ($17) who was ninth in that race. The Hayes/Dabernig gelding has raced in a handful of Group races from his 17 starts although he’s been out of the winners’ stall for some while, with his four career victories coming from his first six starts.
Race six is a Listed quality handicap over 1400m with Sovereign Nation ($11) to carry top weight of 61kg – 3.5kg above his nearest rival. The Hayes/Dabernig five-year-old has won five from 26 although eight of those starts have been at G1 level – his best finish being when second to Tosen Stardeom in the G1 Toorak (1600m) of the spring.
Steel Frost ($3.60) has won eight from 17 and is one of two runners for SA trainer Will Clarken, Sudden Wealth ($14) his other. Balf’s Choice ($18) won a Balaclava and Seymour Cup last spring – both at Listed level and both over 1600m. Schism ($5) was runner-up in the Gold Bracelet (1400m) at Bendigo last start.
Fox Hall ($5) and Brown Ben ($11) both resume from a break for the Tony McEvoy camp. Typhoon Jolie ($17) has a win and a second from her two runs this campaign while Eclair Calling ($27) is having his sixth career start here, having two wins already under his belt.
Peaceful State ($1.95) is one of a handful of interesting runners in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) as he returns from a short break having last run when finishing at the tail of the field in the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) which came after a close second in the G1 Australia Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. He’s joined by stable mate Platinum Angel ($10) who comes into this off a last start win at Sandown in BM64 3YO fillies grade.
Over Exposure ($3.50) has won three of six – with a further two placings – and he’s one of three runners for McEvoy, Time Awaits ($16) and Vinland ($13) his others.
Suggested Bet: Looking for Chequered Flag ($2, race 1, number 2) to start the day off on a winning note. He’s working his way into his campaign nicely and comes into this off a last start victory. The extra distance won’t be an issue and in a race with limited chances, he might be short but he looks hard to beat.
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