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Gr 1 Australian Guineas

Our form student, Ric Chapman, looks over every runner in this competitive Gr 1 Australian Guineas and finds the top 4. Good luck punters.

1. Riff Rocket (9)

Best Bet
echo J: C Williams T: C Waller

Exciting. That’s the best way to describe this bloke. He can stay all day, and he can sprint. So this trip 2nd up looks ideal. Has been to this track 4 times and won 3 of them, the Derby at Gr 1 and last start’s spectacular 1400m win in the CS Hayes at Gr 3 level. That run stamped him – urgent to be a superstar. Should win this.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 121x1
Win $2.40 Place $1.35
  • Track Talent

2. Veight (6)

echo J: D Lane T: Tony & C Mcevoy

Very smart colt. Raced home gamely after being near lead all the way when 2nd in the Gr 1 Caulfield Guineas this trip back in Oct. Last start, took on the big boys and ran a cracker when 4th to the great Mr Brightside in good time at Gr 1 level. Super fit for this, is 3rd up and rates highly.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 25x14
Win $7.50 Place $2.50
  • Ready to Fire

3. King Colorado (12)

echo J: M Zahra T: C Maher

Another super colt. Should be ready to rock this. Sat a little wide early but kept coming when a gritty, eye-catching 2nd to Riff Rocket last start over 1400m. Clearly wants this trip and 3rd up now, he should settle midfield and come home hard. Big show.

PB Rating 8.8
Last 5 40x22
Win $7.00 Place $2.40
  • Ready to Fire

4. Apulia (15)

echo J: L Currie T: B, W & J Hayes

Terrible draw here means he will have to drop out early. But, to counter that, he is very smart, and has a terrific fresh record. Ran Riff Rocket to a nose when 2nd in the Gr 1 Derby. Expect him to be rattling home.

PB Rating 8.5
Last 5 8412x
Win $31.00 Place $7.50
  • Track Talent

5. Zipaway (10)

echo J: S Parnham T: N Parnham

Star West Australian galloper who is a Gr 2 winner and Gr 1 placegetter. Resumed from spell with a solid finishing 3rd to Snow Patrol over 1400m in Gr 2 last start. Was hitting the line hard. Will appreciate this trip and has won 2nd up before.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 14133
Win $19.00 Place $5.00
  • Ready to Fire

6. Cap Ferrat (2)

echo J: J Parr T: C Waller

Interesting galloper. Is still a maiden after 10 starts but is Gr 1 placed and when resuming last start in the Gr 3 Hayes, he made up very good ground late when beaten just under 3 lengths by Riff Rocket. He was 13th on the bend. May sneak a place at big odds.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 732x6
Win $34.00 Place $8.50
  • Likes Dry Track

7. The Pendragon (14)

echo J: J Childs T: M Moroney

New Zealand star. Freshened for this after 2nd in the big Karaka Millions over a mile in very fast time in January. How does that compare to these Aussie stars, time will tell? But, he knows how to win and is a Gr 2 winner over 1400m. Watch market.

PB Rating 8.1
Last 5 01112
Win $26.00 Place $6.00
  • Proven Winner

8. Run Harry Run (16)

echo J: D Stackhouse T: M Moroney

A horrible draw does not help here as he likes to go forward and may get trapped wide. Resumed from spell when well beaten by Riff Rocket last start over 1400m in gr 3. Not keen.

PB Rating 6.7
Last 5 111x9
Win $61.00 Place $13.00
  • Likes Dry Track

9. Sunsets (13)

echo J: J Allen T: T Busuttin & N Young

Might be a star in the making. Sat on speed and won the Gr 3 Norman Robinson last campaign beating Riff Rocket then was 3rd to him in the 2500m Derby. This may be too short and he hasn’t done anything fresh in the past so may pay to watch here.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 2413x
Win $41.00 Place $10.00
  • Good on Soft

10. Verdad (3)

echo J: J Mcneil T: R Griffiths & M Kock

Here’s the dark horse. Is well up to the best of these and is going to receive a very cushy run in this. Just outstayed when fading 5th in the 2500m Derby last spring, but when resuming last start, charged home for 3rd to Riff Rocket and King Colorado over 1400m. Should be right in this finish.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 625x3
Win $21.00 Place $5.50
  • Ready to Fire

11. Snow Patrol (7)

echo J: B Shinn T: M Price & M (Jnr)

Lightly raced but highly talented. Finished hard when narrow winner of the 1400m Gr 2 Autumn stakes beating Southport Tycoon and Zipaway. The time was only average and this is a length of so better field but he is improving every run.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 134x1
Win $13.00 Place $3.70
  • Likes Dry Track

12. Southport Tycoon (4)

echo J: J Kah T: C Maher

Looks very promising. Resumed from spell and beaten in last stride by Snow Patrol over 1400m. Did struggle at Gr 1 level this trip last prep but has the good draw here and has talent. Can place.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 29x22
Win $12.00 Place $3.50
  • Ready to Fire

13. Otago (5)

echo J: B Melham T: M Price & M (Jnr)

Interesting galloper. Only raced three times for two restricted wins and a hard-finishing 4th to Riff Rocket last start beaten .6 lengths. Meets him 2.5kg worse off but is on the rise.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 114
Win $18.00 Place $4.60
  • Ready to Fire

14. Hey Fat Cat (1)

echo J: E Brown T: R Laing

Must be pretty tough as this is his 4th start in four weeks. Last week ran on when 5th at WFA Gr 1 level behind Mr Brightside. Has the rails draw here, is very fit and can run a big race. Probably drives forward to be handy all the way.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 11455
Win $26.00 Place $6.00
  • Place Performer

15. Quintessa (8)

Best Value
echo J: M Dee T: M Walker

Beaten a nose by Mr Pendragon in NZ Gr 2 then came out and won the Gr 1 Levin over a mile before dropping back to 1400m and was 4th in fast time. Is probably NZ’s best 3YO filly and has drawn nicely. Can run a big race.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 x2214
Win $18.00 Place $4.80
  • In Form

16. Vieste (17)

echo J: B Ryan T: B Smith

Restricted provincial grade galloper from Sydney who looks to have no chance.

PB Rating 5
Last 5 908x3
Win $151.00 Place $31.00
  • Likes Dry Track

17. Mah Ali (11)

echo J: F Kersley T: B Smith

Restricted provincial grade galloper from Sydney who looks to have no chance.

PB Rating 5.6
Last 5 669x2
Win $126.00 Place $21.00
  • Likes Dry Track

First 4

1. Riff Rocket, 2. Veight, 3. King Colorado, 4. Quintessa

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