Previews: RA Lee Stakes and Proud Miss Stakes
The Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville is sandwiched between two strong Group 3 events.
The first, the Robert & Fay Gerard RA Lee Stakes over 1600m (race 7 on the card) features plenty of accomplished and experienced runners.
One-time boom horse Harbour Views – trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace – makes his first trip outside Victoria and looks hard to beat, coming off a strong first-up run at Sandown. Harbour Views finished second as a short-priced favourite in a rich race during Melbourne Cup week and should prove difficult to beat.
The Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable has a number of runners, including Aristocratic Miss, which ran home okay in the City of Adelaide over 1400 on Anzac Day and should be better for the run – plus a gallop between races last Saturday at Morphettville. Stablemates Shrouded in Mist – who defied all challengers to win the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes over this trip a fortnight ago – and Vinland are also strong hopes.
Dexter You Devil – trained by Shayne Cahill and to be ridden by Jake Toerek – continues to race well and put in another excellent run in the City of Adelaide, while Waging War should also be around the mark second up. Waging War’s co-trainer Leon Macdonald won the race as a solo trainer in 2009, then teamed with current training partner Andrew Gluyas to win it again in 2010.
Selections: 1. Harbour Views; 2. Aristocratic Miss; 3. Dexter You Devil; 4. Seabrook.
The 2020 Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival will conclude with the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes over 1200m for fillies and mares.
A number of different form lines converge from Adelaide and across the border, creating an interesting challenge for punters.
Mystery Love is a Victorian that looked brilliant in her first-up win at Caulfield, but then floundered on the heavy going at Sandown a fortnight ago. Well drawn, Mystery Love could help gun local jockey Jason Holder end the carnival with a bang – particularly if Stubby has already pocketed the Goodwood aboard Gytrash 40 minutes earlier.
Victorian trainer John McArdle’s Humma Humma is a high-class mare who was trapped wide in the Group 1 Sangster on May 2 and should have an easier time tomorrow.
Street Icon might have been the unlucky Sangster runner and could improve sharply for in-form jockey Damien Thornton, while local trainer Barry Brook’s Kabini was also a little unlucky behind Jungle Edge in the 1100m DC McKay Stakes at Morphettville recently.
The race is chock-full of other chances, including Miss Mandito, Too Good Too Hard, Bayou, Lakhani Rose and Equal Love.
Trainers Phillip Stokes (Equal Love) and David Jolly (Simply Dreaming, Lakhani Rose) are both looking for their second Proud Miss Stakes, as is Mick Price (Mystery Love), who now trains in partnership with Michael Kent Jr. The Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig team (Zargos) won the race in 2017 with Fuhryk.
Selections: 1. Mystery Love; 2. Lakhani Rose; 3. Street Icon; 4. Kabini.
It was Chris’ professional experience in nutrition and his passion for horses that drove him to seek his trainers licence in 2011. With the opportunity to work with some of Victorian and South Australia’s leading trainers including Mick Price and Danny O’Brien, Chris soon had his first winner at Morphettville, closely followed with a winner at Caulfield with his 2yo filly Dashitude, his very first purchase as a racehorse trainer. More success soon followed with a Group 3 win in the Breeders Stakes at Morphettville.
Chris has maintained a solid strike rate amongst the trainers premiership in South Australia including winning the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup three times.
I’d be happy to send my horse’s back to Chris at any stage in the future.”