2021 Chairman’s Stakes Day Preview

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We turn our attention to the Parks track at Morphettville this Saturday as the Adelaide Racing Carnival draws closer.

Two Group 3 races will be run and won with a strong field of two-year-olds lining up in the Breeders’ Stakes, and a capacity field of three-year-olds stepping out in the Chairman’s Stakes.

For our best bets ahead of the entire nine-race program, be sure to read our Chairman’s Stakes Day Preview below. 

Race 1 - 12:26pm

Terry Howe Printing 3YO Maiden Plate  (1100m)

All eyes will be on Fall On A Star to begin the day as the former Kris Lees runner steps out for the first time under new trainer Phillip Stokes. 

The filly by Zoustar was around the mark in some tough black-type races last year, finishing sixth in the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill and seventh in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes last August. 

She should have most of these covered on class alone, and after a soft trial win on this same track a few weeks ago, she’s the one to beat. 

3 Units Fall On A Star

Race 2 - 1:01pm

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m)

Could easily make a case for most of these, but I’m with Streetcar Stranger on top after making up plenty of late ground from a wide position to run fourth in the Listed Railway Stakes at Oakbank earlier in the month. 

This should be a touch easier for son of Stratum if Kayla Crowther can take him back again from the soft gate, while it also helps knowing he’s won twice on the Parks track previously. 

The four-year-old tends to take a few runs to warm up, and we should see plenty of improvement from here stepping back to his preferred trip. 

2 Units Streetcar Stranger 

Race 3 - 1:36pm

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1300m)

Skilled Bunch is worth forgiving on her last start when sixth over the 1400m at Oakbank behind Going Gaga. 

The mare by Skilled failed to run on in her usual style on a heavy track that day, so she should appreciate getting back on top of the ground here with two wins already to her name on the Parks track. 

The four-year-old was a clear winner here two runs back gapping her rivals by 1.5L over a touch shorter, and with 4.5kg off her back, she should be storming home into the finish if Anna Jordsjo can track the speed nice and early. 

2 Units Skilled Bunch 

Race 4 - 2:11pm

Cameron Davidson Painters and Decorators Handicap (1400m)

Mister Yu Shu has burned punters over the last 18 months, but this does look a winnable race for him in his fourth run back from a spell. 

Despite failing to find the winner’s circle, the four-year-old has still managed to find the placings in his last two starts at Pakenham and Sandown over similar trips. 

This is probably his last chance, but after making up some good grab to find the minors last time out after finding no luck at the back, he’s worth another look with Damian Lane engaged. 

2 Units Mister Yu Shu 

Race 5 - 2:46pm

Benchmark 60 Handicap (1250m)

This isn’t a race I’m overly keen to get involved in, but the favourite Johnny Chutzpah does look tough to argue against after winning his maiden at a very short price two weeks ago at Benalla. 

John Salanitri’s three-year-old kept things interesting over the final stages before finally breaking clear to win from midfield, but there was a lot to like about the way he finished off to suggest he’ll prove hard to beat again. 

He’ll only be fitter for that effort, and if Will Price can keep him close enough in the run, he should be winning. 

2 Units Johnny Chutzpah

Race 6 - 3:26pm

Listed H C Nitschke Stakes (1400m)

Annavisto gets her chance at a hat-trick after winning her last two starts at Bendigo and Caulfield by a combined four lengths. 

The filly by Reliable Man was sensational up on the speed last time, going all the way to defeat Mozzie Monster by a big margin carrying 60kg.  

She gets 4.5kg off rising in grade, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Dee just tucks in behind this time around with a few likely to push forward. 

With even luck, she’ll prove her class again late. 

3 Units Annavisto 

Race 7 - 4:06pm

Holdfast Insurance City of Adelaide Handicap (1400m)

Sticking with another short-priced favourite here in Groundswell. 

The Freedman-trained gelding absolutely eats up 1400m, as we saw last month when he beat home Defiant Dancer by nearly three lengths at Bendigo. 

The stable has followed a similar approach keeping him fresh for the run, and with Damian Lane retaining the ride, there’s very few that appear capable of beating the pair if they roll forward again. 

2 Units Groundswell 

Race 8 - 4:45pm

Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m)

Cloudy got the job done last time out in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes, and I’m happy to have her on top again getting out to 1200m for the first time. 

The Godolphin filly really held her ground from the good barrier that day to finish strongly through the line, so there’s plenty to suggest she can see out the extra distance here with Todd Pannell engaged from another ideal gate. 

She has been up for a while, but with two wins from four starts to her name this time in work, she’s got plenty of consistency on her side. 

1 Unit Cloudy 

Race 9 - 5:25pm

Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2040m)

Capacity field lining up in the Chairman’s and there’s easily a case to be made for a handful. 

Royal Mile claimed his hat-trick in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas a few weeks ago and he looks to be wanting further now. 

The three-year-old son of Danerich did all too easy over the 1800m racing from well back in the field to score by 2.5L to Let’s Karaka Deel. 

That run alone suggests he’ll enjoy racing over 2000m for the first time, and it’s likely the wide gate suits his running style if Jacob Opperman get shuffle across early and land just behind the speed. 

2 Units Royal Mile