Placing a bet on a favourite – some punters can’t get enough of them, while others steer clear of them. Racing writer Justin Devine looks at some of the more fancied runners for this weekend’s horse racing and decides if he loves them 😍 or if he should leave ❎ them!
Black type racing moves to Sandown this weekend, with a number of competitive races on the card. UK based Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby teams up with jockey James Doyle (pictured) with D’BAI and SETTING SAIL in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Both gallopers look to have their rivals covered on paper and I’m happy to back them without public trials. The Waterhouse and Bott trained RULE THE WORLD gets in beautifully under the set weights at Newcastle and I expect him to be too good for his rivals over the mile 😍. German import SOUND is yet to fire in Australia and the $3.10 on offer looks under the odds in the Sandown Cup. The speedy MEET MR TAYLOR will find the long Caloundra straight tough, while MISS JANE‘s second-up record does not have me rushing in to back her at Morphettville ❎.
Good Luck Punters.
The Godolphin gelding was a Group 2 winner in Dubai two starts ago, before finishing less than 3 lengths from the winner on the All Aged Stakes on Australian debut in the Autumn when covering ground. Has not trialled publicly, but would only need to be close to fit to win here. The class runner of the race. Looks the winner.
The 5yo has not missed a top 4 finish in his nine career starts to date in England and makes his Australian debut on Saturday without being sighted at the trials. He has been gelded since his last run and James Doyle is expected to dictate terms on the speed and take a power of catching. Another Godolphin runner who looks to have plenty on his rivals here on paper. I’m on.
The 3yo is looking to make it 4 from 4 at the standalone Newcastle meeting and looks the goods under the set weights conditions. Expect Tim Clark to take him to the lead and all indications are that he will get the mile, with the Waterhouse and Bott polish on. Looks beautifully placed.
The German stayer has failed to fire since relocating to Australia for a tilt at the major Cups. Drops back to listed company and is rock hard fit after finishing less than four lengths off VOW AND DECLARE in the Melbourne Cup. BUT, he hasn’t won in well over a year and is yet to place in Australia. Can he win? Yes. Will he get the 3200 metres? Yes. Am I backing him as favourite? NO.
The Queensland speed machine has finished runner up at his last two, after winning 8 out of his first 10 races. Has drawn to lead from gate 1, and he will be looking for the line late. It’s a long straight at the Sunshine Coast and he might fit it hard to hold off the closers late. Pass.
Was runner up when resuming over the 1000 metres in a four-horse field. This does not look much harder on Saturday and she is a two-time winner over the track and distance. Jockey Jason Holder might get caught outside the leader throughout the run and be a sitting shot for swoopers late. Her second-up record (2:0-0-0) is a concern. Not for me this week.