To celebrate the launch of our fastest ever mobile betting app, the Palmerbet Racing Team asks five key questions ahead of what is set to be an exciting Spring Racing Carnival.
1. Who runs 2nd in the Cox Plate?
Winx ($1.4) looks a certainty to win her fourth Cox Plate next month, but who chases her home? Humidor nearly caused the upset of the century when he loomed up to the mare in last years race and the Darren Weir trained galloper is the obvious choice to run 2nd again. Humidor has already tasted Group 1 success this preparation in the Memsie and is well fancied in the Makybe Diva Stakes this Saturday. He has genuine claims to being called the second best horse in Australia. The Godolphin trained import Avilius has won both Australian starts and looks hard to beat in the Kingston Town Stakes on Saturday. He looks a progressive horse with plenty of upside and a could feature in this years Cox Plate. A notable mention to crowd favourite Tom Melbourne. He runs second in everything else, so why not the Cox plate?!
2. Will the Weir juggernaut roll on?
With over 150 Melbourne winners from over 1000 starters last season, juggernaut is an accurate description for the Darren Weir stable. Throw in 40+ Adelaide winners last season and it is easy to see why the one time bush trainer is always smiling. Early signs this season is that the stable could better last season’s record tally and dominate even more. With 20 Melbourne winners already this season, and another 6 in Adelaide the Weir stable is off to a flyer.
Proven Group 1 performer HUMIDOR has returned in great form and early Caulfield Cup favourite KINGS WILL DREAM looks a potential star and either of these two could win the Makybe Diva Stakes on Saturday. A number of Japanese imports including KEMONO and DANON LIBERTY have shown some promising signs already, and with the Weir polish applied they can only get better.
NATURE STRIP is a flying machine and PEACEFUL STATE has a big race in him this campaign. The list goes on and on …
3. Who is the jockey to follow this Spring?
Having just returned from a successful stint in Japan, last season’s Sydney Premiership jockey Brenton Avdulla looks set for a successful spring. He has stated publicly this week that feature race wins are his priority over a jockey premiership. This weekend he heads to Flemington to ride Smart Melody in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes for Kris Lees. The unbeaten filly will then run in Thousand Guineas or the Coolmore Stud Stakes barring incident this weekend. Avdulla has enjoyed success with all the large and successful stables over the last year; leaving him well placed to secure some great spring rides.
4. Is the Everest winner hidden in plain sight?
Last year, the Snowden trained sprinter Redzel won the Concorde Stakes and the Shorts before a dominant winning display in the inaugural Everest. A few weeks ago Redzel put on a dominant display winning the Concorde and is a $1.75 favourite to take out the Shorts on Saturday. A victory at Randwick on Saturday will mean that the 6 year old has defeated roughly half of his Everest rivals in his two lead up runs. While his Everest rivals are experiencing some indifferent lead up form, Redzel is flying and looks bomb proof heading into Australia’s richest horse race. The $5 on offer for the Everest looks a great price.
— Triple Crown (@TripleCrownSynd) September 12, 2018
5. Will Team Williams dominate the Melbourne Cup again?
By his own admission Lloyd Williams is obsessed with winning the Melbourne Cup. Last year, a quarter of the field carried his colours including the first two over the line. Having won three of the last six Melbourne Cups and six cups overall, can Team Williams dominate again? The answer is yes! The Williams owned colt LATROBE ($34) who won the Irish Derby could start favourite in the Cup if trainer Joseph O’Brien decides to make the trip this year. Of their many Macedon Lodge based stayers, THE TAJ MAHAL ($51) and US ARMY RANGER ($101) have solid claims in the feature staying events this Spring.
Latrobe crowns great Camelot run with G1 Irish Derby win.
Latrobe (3c Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) lit up the Curragh on Saturday evening when emulating his sire Camelot… https://t.co/438XVQCSOt pic.twitter.com/HwXPW0Z4FN
— Coolmore (@coolmorestud) July 1, 2018