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!
The action returns to Flemington on Saturday for the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are a number of standouts on the Flemington card with lightly raced Godolphin 3yo KNICKPOINT well placed on the Springtime Stakes. TRUE SELF for star jockey Ryan Moore would have been competitive in the cup on Tuesday and should dominate the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, while SANTA ANA LANE gets his chance to redeem himself for a couple of narrow defeats in the Darley Sprint Classic. The resuming LUCICELLO could find the small field and 1100 metres testing at Rosehill, while TONGSAI BOSS is another who may be giving up too big a lead in the straight. The resuming OUTBACK BARBIE hasn’t won for nearly a year and I’m happy to oppose her first-up at Doomben.
Good Luck Punters.
The Godolphin 3yo has been impressive winning at his only two race track outings at Newcastle and Hawkesbury. Steps up in company here, but with cup winning hoop Craig Williams onboard he looks the goods. I’m on.
You can make a case that he should of beaten PRINCE OF ARRAN in the Geelong Cup, which is great form when you consider that he finished second on Tuesday in the Melbourne Cup. He is an out and out staying with multiple wins at 3000 metres and beyond. Superstar jockey Ryan Moore takes the ride. The $2 on offer looks huge. Ticks all the boxes and will need a ton of bad luck to not win. The best of the day.
It has been a frustrating campaign for connections and backers of arguably Australia’s best sprinter. He has been runner up at both runs this preparation in the Gilgai and Everest, with genuine excuses on both occasions. The Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic is D-Day. He has been flying without winning and this is his race. He wins.
The Waller-trained filly resumes on Saturday and showed plenty of potential last prep. Her pattern is to run on in her races and the small field is a concern, and the 1100 metres maybe a tad too short. I am happy to oppose LUCICELLO this week and wait for her to step up in distance.
OUTBACK BARBIE resumes this weekend, after a couple of strong trials. The Gollan trained mare raced in top company throughout the Brisbane winter company without winning and this looks an easier assignment. Having said that, she has gone nearly a year without winning and meets a couple of rivals here in great form. Pass.
TONGSAI BOSS put his rivals away easily last start and gets in well on Saturday with the 2kg claim. The step back to 1400 metres from 1600 metres is a concern in a race containing all the “usual suspects”. JENTICO for Team McEvoy and Vorster might be too nippy in the lead for TONGSAI BOSS. I will be betting around him.