An exciting day of racing at Morphettville on Saturday showed that there are plenty of quality horses to follow from all three Listed Races.
Favourites in both the Laelia and Port Adelaide Guineas showed that they will be tough to beat heading forwards towards the two big Group Ones in May.
Listed Dequetteville Stakes
Will Clarken’s sensational season continued on Saturday as Split Lip provided the young trainer with his third Listed winner of the season.
Split Lip settled midfield during the race but provided a great turn of foot at the 100m to dash past the leaders and narrowly defeat the fast finishing Luqyaa.
The Phillip Stokes trained Broadband finished in third place, while well backed favourite Freeze Over finished three lengths off Split Lip in fifth place.
Listed Laelia Stakes
A magnificent ride by John Allen helped favourite Kenedna weave through the field to produce a strong win in the Listed Laelia Stakes.
Trainer Darren Weir opted to send Kenedna to Adelaide after also accepting in Melbourne and it proved to be a master stroke.
After settling back in the field, a smart and patient ride by Allen saw Kenedna burst away from With A Bit of Dash with 50 metres to go and prove that she will be hard to beat in both Auraria and Oaks heading forward. With A Bit of Dash looked like she was going to cause a boil over at $31 but Kenedna just had too much running late.
Miss Identified and Fastbrook flashed home late for fifth and sixth respectively and look like they relish the step up in distance going forward.
The Group 3 Schweppervescence (Auraria) Stakes on April 22 will be the next hit-out for these fillies as they look ahead to the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks.
Listed Port Adelaide Guineas
A gutsy win by Grand Chancellor gave Phillip Stokes his first victory in the Port Adelaide Guineas as he held off hot favourite Odeon in a what shaped up as a match race from the 200 metre mark.
This race will hold both horses in good stead heading towards the Group 1 UBET SA Derby.
The Hayes’ and Dabernig trained Domesticated flew home late for third place after turning the corner near the back of the field and coming wide down the straight.
Many of these horses will head to the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes on April 29 as they continue to tune up for the Derby.