The promising Kooweerup heads an interesting blend of colts and fillies contesting tomorrow’s Adelaide Guineas over 1600m at Morphettville.
Trained by the all-conquering Ciaron Maher and David Eustace combination, Kooweerup appears to have enjoyed a perfect preparation for the Listed event for three-year-olds. The daughter of More Than Ready looked the winner in a 1400m event at Flemington on Anzac Day, before finishing a narrow third. Kooweerup has already tasted success in Adelaide, taking out the Breeders Stakes over 1200m a year ago, and should take a power of beating from barrier four.
Fillies Done By Me, Seemingly Discreet and Excelida all come through the 1400m Nitschke Stakes at Morphettville Parks a fortnight ago, and all ran well behind winner Wild Vixen.
Phillip Stokes’ Done By Me finished particularly strongly to take third place, and also boasts good Adelaide form, taking out the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic last year, beating Li’l Kontra. Stokes won the event last year with So We Are and in 2003 with Nancy Eleanor.
Yourdeel, from the Hayes-Hayes-Dabernig camp, is coming back in distance and class, following his solid seventh behind Dalasan in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes over 2035m. He should be finishing strongly at the end of tomorrow’s event.
A wildcard could be Game Keeper, from the Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable. Game Keeper is unbeaten this preparation and swept to an impressive win against older horses – albeit in inferior class – over 1500m at Gawler last start. If Game Keeper can prevail it would be the third straight Adelaide Guineas success for visiting jockey John Allen.
Fellow jockey Dean Holland (Excelida) has also previously won the event, which was run at Victoria Park from its 1974 inception until 2000 – except for 1994 (Cheltenham).
Selections: 1. Kooweerup; 2. Done By Me; 3. Game Keeper; 4. Yourdeel.