Ilovethiscity Gelding Chapel City Rocks Punters in Lee Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday May 16

Trainer Gordon Richards has been enjoying a great run of late but he was hardly the punters pin-up boy when his 6yo Ilovethiscity gelding Chapel City chose his 46th start to earn his maiden stakes win as the despised $101 outsider.

It came in Saturday’s Group III RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

With Georgina Cartwright in the saddle, Chapel Hill defied the favoured pair of Seabrook and Harbour Views.

Forty minutes earlier Cartwright had won the Listed Centaurea Stakes on Oasis Girl (Redoute’s Choice) for Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

“Even though the horse was big odds, the Gordon Richards stable is in hot form,” Cartwright told

“He actually surprised me to be honest. He was having a step up in grade from last start, but surprised me with the turn of foot he showed.”

Chapel City had only ever contested three previous stakes races, two of them three years ago and one two years back with his best result coming when third in the Listed Adelaide Guineas in 2017.

His overall record however stands at a praiseworthy 8 wins, 8 seconds and 8 thirds from 49 starts with earnings of $441,465.Ilovethiscity

Purchased by his trainer for $35,000 out of the Dingellydell draft at the 2015 MM Adelaide Yearling Sale, Chapel City is the best of seven winners from as many to race out of the Peintre Celebre mare Chapent an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Chading (Marauding).

Chapent has an unraced 2yo Puissance De Lune filly named Peaches De Lune, a yearling filly by Stratum Star, who was purchased by Gordon Richards for just $16,000 at this years Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling sale.

After foaling a colt by Ilovethiscity last spring, Chapent was bred back to Puissance De Lune.

Chapel City becomes the fourth stakes-winner for the Randwick Guineas winner Ilovethiscity who stood at Noor Elaine Farm in 2019 at a fee of $5,500.


Race Result - Robert&Fay Gerard R A Lee Stks Gr3 1600m

Morphettville Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:37.50
Chapel City
T: G V Richards J: Ms G Cartwright 55
6g Ilovethiscity (AUS) x Chapent (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Zac Spain 53
4m Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Midnight Revels (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
Harbour Views
T: M J Williams J: John Allen 55
5g Le Havre (IRE) x Icky Woo (GB) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
All Too Huiying
T: P Stokes J: P Gatt 55
5h All Too Hard (AUS) x Madame Flurry (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
Aristocratic Miss
T: T & C McEvoy J: Damien Thornton 53
4m Foxwedge (AUS) x Golden Pedigree (AUS) (Gold Brose (AUS))
Shrouded In Mist
T: T & C McEvoy J: B Vorster 55.5
5m Exceed And Excel (AUS) x De Lago Mist (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: B D Brook J: Ms E Finnegan 53
6m Artie Schiller (USA) x Pipkin (AUS) (Gallo Di Ferro (USA))
Waging War
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: J Holder 55
6g Rebel Raider (AUS) x Fartoo Flashy (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Lachlan Neindorf 53
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Starts With A Kiss (AUS) (Umatilla (NZ))
Roselli Sting
T: G V Richards J: Sairyn Fawke 55
7g Casino Prince (AUS) x Could Be Something (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Dexter You Devil
T: Shayne Cahill J: Jake Toeroek 55
5g Ambidexter (AUS) x Ready Made Devil (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: T & C McEvoy J: Todd Pannell 55.5
5g Sebring (AUS) x Viking Turf Belle (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
T: R W Huxtable J: Kayla Crowther 55.5
6g Hussonet (USA) x Kuri Bay (USA) (Summer Squall (USA))
Mongolian Marshal
T: S P Gower J: Ethan Brown 56.5
5g High Chaparral (IRE) x Ardeche (NZ) (Dehere (USA))
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