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Champions Mile Horses

Preview – Champions Mile

Fresh from his Gr 1 Melbourne Cup win, our form man Ric Chapman looks over every runner in the Group 1 Champions Mile, formerly known as Cantala Stakes at the Flemington Racecourse. He assesses all horses and finds the Top 4 home. Find the best Champions Mile Tips and Preview with Palmerbet Blog. Bet on Champions Mile 2023 with Palmerbet.

1. Mr Brightside (2)

echo J: C Williams T: B, W & J Hayes

Absolutely perfectly ridden last start by Criag Williams in the Gr 1 Cox Plate and did hit the lead 50m from line but the bob of the head placed him 2nd. Is such a star. Tries extremely hard every start and like in the Cox Plate, has drawn gate 2 here. Which means, Pride Of Jenni will dash away with a big lead, followed by Alligator Blood and this bloke in 3rd, on the fence doing his own thing. And when asked to run at the clock tower he will accelerate past the leaders.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 11122
Win $3.10 Place $1.60
  • Proven Winner

2. Alligator Blood (5)

echo J: T Clark T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Hit the front as they turned in what turned out to be a very fast Gr 1 Cox Plate. Was only claimed in the last 40m and beaten a long head. Is much, much more at home this trip and had won his past two races, both at Gr 1 level, over 1800m and 2000m. Is super tough, loves this track and will sit behind Pride Of Jenni from the get-go. He’s a tremendous chaser and will run his heart out to reach her. Big chance.

PB Rating 8.8
Last 5 42113
Win $3.40 Place $1.70
  • Track Talent

3. The Inevitable (4)

echo J: D Oliver T: J Keys

Has won 16 races and while he is stepping up to star-level WFA Gr 1 grade here he is a chance to cause an upset. Will love this track. Got way too far back in the Gr 1 Toorak last start and while he came home hard he was beaten 4 lengths. This is harder but the frantic mid-race pace will play into his hands and he can finish.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 3x287
Win $19.00 Place $6.50
  • Ready to Fire

4. Bankers Choice (6)

echo J: J Allen T: M Moroney

Another really good miler who likes to get back. Stormed home to run 3rd in the Gr 1 Toorak recently but will find this many lengths harder. Just doesn’t have the speed of a few of these late to be considered a threat.

PB Rating 6.5
Last 5 8x735
Win $41.00 Place $13.00
  • Good on Soft

5. Victoria Road (1)

echo J: B Shinn T: C Maher & D Eustace

This time last year he won a Gr 1 race over a mile in Kentucky at the famed Keeneland turf track. Not won in 3 starts since but there was merit in his fading 9th to Romantic Warrior in the Gr 1 Cox Plate. Was there with the best of them as they swung but it was a fast Cox Plate and he just ran out of steam late beaten 5 lengths. Probably races in 4th, half a length behind Mr Brightside, until they turn and may well run a big race.

PB Rating 8.8
Last 5 1x739
Win $21.00 Place $7.00
  • Likes Dry Track

6. Fangirl (7)

echo J: J Mcdonald T: C Waller

Respect her. Finished 7th in the Gr 1 Cox Plate last start but didn’t at any stage look like she was settled or at peace, yet was still coming home hard beaten 1.6 lengths. Much more at home this trip and the roomier course here will be right up her alley. Lots and lots of money has been wagered on her to win this. Has a comprehensive win over Mr Brightside to her credit and may do it again here.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 x1317
Win $2.60 Place $1.45
  • Likes Dry Track

7. Pride Of Jenni (3)

echo J: D Bates T: C Maher & D Eustace

is the interesting runner in the sense she will fire out of the gates and make this a truly run race. Did that last start from gate 16 here in the Gr 1 Empire Rose last Saturday and won with authority. Carried same weight as she has here and ran very slick time. Now, to counter that, the opposition chasing her home this time is a fair bit better. But she will string them out and that makes her a fly in the ointment.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 x6261
Win $14.00 Place $4.80
  • In Form

First 4

1. Mr Brightside, 2. Victoria Road, 3. Fangirl, 4. Alligator Blood

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