We will be covering the 2017 Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes Day Results all afternoon and we are set for a very exciting day of racing.
The Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes was won by subsequent Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice last year and has drawn another strong field in 2017, while there are a number of potential Australian Guineas contenders in the Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes.
Race 1 (12:30pm) – Ian Miller Handicap Results
Hot Ruby took advantage of a professional ride by Craig Williams to return to winning form for the first time in almost two years.
The Magnus mare was dropping back in trip following a third place finish over 2000 metres at Caulfield last start, but the application of blinkers sharpened her up nicely and she showed an impressive turn-of-foot when asked for an extra effort by Williams.
Darren Weir-trained Zasorceress started the race as a drifting favoutite and she was never able to get into the race.
Race 2 (1:05pm) – Robert Hunter Handicap Results
Veteran jockey Darren Gauci celebrated his final day of race riding with a narrow victory on Goodwill in the Robert Hunter Handicap.
Gauci was keen to settle Goodwill in the front of the field in the early stages of the Robert Hunter Handicap and he was never able to settle, while Dodging Bullets took up the running.
There were plenty of winning chances in the final stages of the race, but Goodwill just kept on finding the line and held off Dodging Bullets and Post D’france in the final stages of the race.
Gauci was delighted to claim victory on Goodwill in the Robert Hunter Handicap and he believes that the imported stayer could develop into a Melbourne Cup contender.
Hursley was well-backed in the lead-up to the race, but he had no luck in running whatsoever and missed the placings.
Race 3 (1:40pm) – Mal Seccull Handicap Results
Chance The Dance returned to winning form with a narrow victory over Big Memory in the Mal Seccull Handicap at Caulfield this afternoon.
Ben Melham elected to take up the running on Chance To Dance in the early stages of the race and got into a lovely rhythm heading into the straight.
Big Memory had the trial on Chance The Dance and looked as though he would finish over the top of his rival, but Chance The Dance was too tough in the final stages and held-on for a narrow victory.
Race 4 (2:15pm) – Inglis Premier Results
Jukebox confirmed his status as a leading two-year-old with a professional victory in the 2017 Inglis Premier at Caulfield this afternoon.
Jukebox always looked to have a class edge over the rest of this field and that proved to be the case as he cruised to lead at the top of the straight before he raced away from his rivals in fairly effortlessly fashion.
Trainer Ciaron Maher confirmed that Jukebox is the best two-year-old in his stable and he said that the 2017 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes will be his next race start.
Race 5 (2:50pm) – Group 3 Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes Results
Formality will go into the 2017 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes as one of the leading contenders after a comfortable victory in the Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes.
Formality jumped from the gates extremely quickly to take up the running, but was quickly challenged by Spoils who was overracing in the early stages.
Spoils was in for the fight and looked like he would be tough to beat, but Formality responded impressively and ran away from her rival in the last 100.
Race 6 (3:25pm) – John Moule Handicap Preview Results
Glenrowan Prince returned to metropolitan racing for the first time since 2015 to win the John Moule Handicap at Caulfield this afternoon.
The Bushranger entire was settled just behind the speed in the early stages of the race and he responded extremely well when asked for an extra effort to quickly take control of the race.
The victory delivered trainer Kym Hann his maiden metropolitan racing win and he is hopeful that the win will be the start of a boom period for his stable.
Race 7 (4:05pm) – Group 3 Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes Results
The only filly in the field Legless Veuve upstaged the boys to claim an eye-catching victory in the 2017 Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon.
Into Orbit took up the running in the early stages of the race, while Legless Veuve stalked and the speed and it was the Pins filly that had the superior turn-of-foot when she was asked for an extra effort.
Both jockey Mark Zahra and trainer Stuart Webb believe that she has improved as an autumn three-year-old and she will now head towards the Australian Guineas.
Race 8 (4:45pm) – Listed W.J. Adams Stakes Results
Evergreen sprinter Thermal Current made it two wins on the trot with a classy victory in the 2017 W.J. Adams Stakes.
Faatinah went into the W.J. Adams Stakes as a clear favourite and he took up the running early, but was one of the first horses beaten and it was Thermal Current that was the big beneficiary.
Thermal Current’s W.J. Adams Stakes victory gave him back-to-back wins for the first time in his racing career and he now looks likely to head to the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
Race 9 (5:20pm) – Darren Gauci Farewell Handicap Results
Duke Of Brunswick justified strong betting support to return to winning form in the Darren Gauci Farewell Handicap at Caulfield this afternoon.
Damien Oliver got Duke Of Brunswick in a lovely position in the run and the son of Magnus fought off Smart Dart in the final stages to score a deserved win.
There was no final fairytale for retiring hoop Darren Gauci, who missed the placings on his mount Longeron.