trainer Ray Naylor had an extra 20,000 reasons to smile at Caulfield of Saturday when
Chairman's Choice scored a runaway win in the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Plate
Chairman's Choice, a three-year-old son of
Runyon, could have been expected to be running at Flemington on the previous Wednesday in
the $40,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m).
But a careful check of the Inside Racing (industry
calendar) revealed an extra 20,000 reasons to hold off a few more days and head to the
"I looked at running in the race on Wednesday,"
Naylor said. "But this race had $20,000 extra in Super Vobos bonuses."
"Also the attraction of having another three days in
between runs was also a factor," the respected trainer said.
Wednesday's Silver Bowl Final had bonuses of $10,000, while
Saturday's event at Caulfield the extra money totalled $30,000. The actual race prizemoney
was identical at $40,000.
Naylor, who's team also includes the talented sprinter
Slalom, is planning to seek out similar races for Chairman's Choice in the near future,
but the gelding may also be sent for a spell.
"He's a pretty exciting young horse," Naylor
said. "This preparation he's been up for a while so he might even go for a break
The trainer also has the dam of Chairman's Choice, the
daughter of Danger's Hour Shameen back at home.
"She is looking like being a cracking broodmare,"
Naylor added. "She's got a filly by Ali-Royal and is in foal to Johan Cruyff."
"We will probably send her (Shameen) to Eliza Park's
new stallion Black Hawk this season," he added. "He (Black Hawk) looks like an
exciting stallion prospect."