Absolutely marvellous day of racing ahead. Some supreme horses running today with Winx starring in The Star Doncaster Mile. Big fields and quality horses; it should be a cracking day.
R1 Widden Kindergarten Stakes 1100m
Astern will be extremely strong here with James McDonald on board. In it’s most recent trial it won by 4 lengths, only to run what you can only call disappointingly in the Golden Slipper. Still, it has quality to even make that field. El Divino won it’s first start by 4.8 lengths (to the same horse Astern beat by 7 lengths in it’s latest trial). It looks to be a serious horse. Alliterate has been running consistently well, however not near the same quality of races as Astern and El Divino. With some luck it could win but may be too tough. Mooshakissa has quality and could win this, running 3.6 lengths behind Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in January. For more value, Hostwin Legend was only 4.2 lengths behind Crafty Cop on its first start, who has ran well recently.
Best Bet: Astern & Mooshakissa (EW)
R2 Carbine Club Stakes 1600m
He’s Our Rokkii has been running well of late and looks a good chance here being down in the weights. Data Point ran okay in the Randwick Guineas, finishing 6th and a slight drop in weight should see it compete well once again here. Odyssey Moon was unlucky two starts ago, and competitive once again most recently. Drops in weight, Shinn on board and Barrier 4 ticks all the boxes. Moher won last start and drops 2kg’s. McDonald is on board and will give it every chance to cross the line first if good enough. Of the others, Rosaleisha looks great value at $21, and can run a cheeky race for an each way bet, dropping 3 kg’s here.
Best Bet: He’s Our Rokkii
R3 Schweppes Chairman’s Hcp 2600m
Libran was absolutely electric last start, and ended up winning by 2 lengths. It’s up 2kg here but if at its best it can win. Cafe Society drops half a kilo on last start, where it finished second to Libran. It led last start and will be interesting to see what tactics are used from barrier 6 here. Alegria has been competitive of late, and could raise a few eyebrows here at $15. Supercoach is going for four in a row. It drops a huge 7kg here, however you’d think the others would be too good. Dee I Cee was close to winning here last start, and with some improvements could cause an upset.
Best Bet: Cafe Society
R4 The Country C’ship Final 1400m
Clearly Innocent has been flying, winning it’s last three starts fairly comfortably. All Summer Long has finished runner up to him in the last two, and with a slight weight swing can be competitive here at a nice price. Lofty’s Menu ran well last start, finishing second in a hotly contested bm 85 here. Up in weights and wide gate but has the quality for this. Bank On Henry ran second to Lofty’s Menu last start, and with a drop in weight may run well, only issue is wide gate. One with great value is Profiler, winning it’s latest trial and two previous races before that. Looks to be huge overs at $34 and $9.50 a place.
Best Bet: With such a large field, I’d go with Profiler each way
R5 Dilmah Tea P J Bell Stakes 1200m
Huge field here, handful of these can win. Super Cash looks to be a good chance with Currie on board, however up in the weights. Egyptian Symbol will be fighting as hard as ever, as it looks to claim a win that it has been so close to doing lately. Denmagic looks to be improving and as though it will be a nice horse to come. Can run a nice each way race. Divine Centuri was convincing last start, winning by over three lengths, and might be a cheeky chance here. Secret Agenda is a nice horse and you’d think it’d be right up there in this. Perignon has been running well of late and has every chance here. One that could surprise many is Typecast at huge odds.
Best Bet: Super Cash
R6 Inglis Sires’ Produce 1400m
Telperion has shown it’s class of late, and after being right up there in the Golden Slipper will have every chance here. Yankee Rose was very close in the Golden Slipper, and if it runs like that again here, it should win. Omei Sword has had two starts for two impressive runs. In a different class to others here but if it gets some luck it can win. Zamzam is a horse of quality, and looks to be a decent each way bet at the $21 price. Seaburge will be competitive once again for Zahra and one that ran behind it last start, Detective can run well at a nice price ($13).
Best Bet: Telperion
R7 Bmw Australian Derby 2400m
We all know Tarzino‘s quality, and should start as favourite here. Jameka ran well behind it last start, and you’d think it will be right up there once again. Tally is absolutely flying at the moment, winning it’s last four starts by a combined total of 6 lengths. It beat Palentino last start, a horse that got the better of Tarzino (by protest) a few starts back. McDonald on board and down half a kilo, it looks the goods. What’s The Story nearly won the NZ Derby last start, and if given a chance it could sneak in towards the first few.
Best Bet: Tally
Quaddie Numbers: 1 4 8 13
R8 Darley T J Smith Stakes 1200m
Some serious sprinters of Australian Racing collide here in race 8. Chautauqua is one of the best in the world at the moment, however didn’t kick last start when it needed it most. It has exceptional quality though, and expect it to be up there and come home fast here. Exosphere has immense quality and will always be competitive. It finished 4th behind Chautauqua last start, and with barrier 4 can maybe improve on that. English absolutely rattled home two starts ago to win very impressively. Last start it left it too late, but if it can settle nicely can win here. Terravista was disappointing last start, but don’t write it off! It can run well and it can win. Fell Swoop is up in weight here and this looks too tough. Flamberge has amazing form at the moment, and if it can keep that up here it will have every chance.
Best Bets: Chautauqua and Flamberge (EW)
Quaddie Numbers: 1 2 4 14 15
R9 The Star Doncaster Mile 1600m
Probably the best horse in Australia, if not the world, at the moment is Winx. It hasn’t looked like losing recently and should be storming home well here. First Seal was 4.7 lengths behind Winx recently, however turns around 3.5kg and might find itself towards the front near the line. Azkadellia is a quality horse, and with a low weight here might surprise many at very nice odds. Kermadec ran second to Winx last start, and a slight weight turn around might see it improve here and could win. Turn Me Loose was disappointing last start however with the quality we know it has, it could be one to watch at $31
Best Bet: Azkadellia and Turn Me Loose (EW)
Quaddie Numbers: 1 2 3 6 11
R10 Adrian Knox Stakes 2000m
Alaskan Rose has been somewhat disappointing lately, however it’s quality must be respected. Up in weights but will run nicely. Sacred Eye has also not been at his best recently, however if given half a chance, Bowman will take it. Must be respected. It’s had one start for one win at the distance. Daisy’s Joy can run a nice race here at decent odds, and might surprise some. Rainbow Park struggled to get out of the maidens, but now, with Oli on board, it might be a decent chance here. Bulla Baby, although without a win so far, looks like it will relish the extra trip and could win.
Best Bet: Sacred Eye
Quaddie Numbers: 1 2 5 8 10