Fri, Jun 7, 7:29pm by Kevin Pitstock
Race 1: Listed Ambassador Travel Hampden Stakes (1200m)
1st: No 13. Cosmic Endeavour
2nd: No 7. Missy Longstocking
3rd: No 5. Chilwero
4th: No 9. Register
No 13. Cosmic Endeavour is just one of those well-bred fillies where the pedigree screams back me! A daughter of first-crop sire Northern Meteor, currently in a back and forth tussle with fellow first-season sire Sebring for the leading position, the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly is out of the three-time Listed-winning Danehill mare Crevette, a full-sister to Hong Kong Champion galloper Fairy King Prawn as well as a half-sister to G1 Salinger Stakes winner and sire Easy Rocking. While IASBet currently have her as $1.70 which is quite short, she appears as the one to beat.
Race 3: Listed McGrath Daybreak Lover (1600m)
1st: No 1. Academus
2nd: No 3. Limes
3rd: No 14. Lilliburlero
4th: No 6. Lucky Hussler
Having finished fourth last time out ion the G2 QLD Guineas, Lonhro gelding Academus looks the one to beat here back to Listed company – although he meets a very similar field. A winner at Group Two level at his last start at 1600m, albeit in Western Australia, the Darley-owned, Peter Snowden-trained galloper looks to have the form over stablemate Limes, a last start winner of the Listed Hawkesbury Guineas over 1400m a month ago. With the Darley owned duo a very logical one-two finish in the race, leaning towards Academus as he also has barrier one, which should allow him a chance to get a good position in the run.
Race 5: Group Two Patinack Farm Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m)
1st: No 6. Miss Stellabelle
2nd: No 12. Fire Up Fifi
3rd: No 22. Ametsis
4th: No 21. Peron
A last start fifth, beaten three-quarters-of-a-length behind Galah last Saturday after coming from near the tail of the field, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Miss Stellabelle looks great value at her current IASBet quote of $17 on Fixed Odds betting. Having not finished further back than fifth at her last five runs – all at stakes level, the Segenhoe Stud-owned mare is likely to head to the G1 Tattersall’s Tiara at her next start, but this would be a great race to win along the way – the one downfall here is the barrier. Trainer Gai Waterhouse does like to see her horses up close to the lead, but this mare often misses the kick, and after coming up with barrier 22, it may be the perfect barrier for the mare who can drop back in the field and make her run down the outside.
Race 6: Group One Patinack Farm J.J. Atkins (1600m)
1st: No 3. Vilanova
2nd: No 1. Zoustar
3rd: No 7. Romantic Touch
4th: No 8. Paximadia
The final Group One race for the two-year-olds sees Sydney’s leading trainers – Chris Waller, Gai Waterhouse and Peter Snowden look the only real chances in the race. Chris Waller has been on absolute fire of late – and it would be of no shock at all for his two runners to finish one-two in the race. Leaning the opposite way to most though with his Commands colt Vilanova being specifically aimed at this race all along, and after a wide run last start where he finished second to stablemate Zoustar, the opinion here is that he can turn the tables. At the odds of $7 on Sportingbet, Vilanova looks the value.
Race 7: Group One Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m)
1st: No 18. Gondokoro
2nd: No 1. Hawkspur
3rd: No 4. Survived
4th: No 9. Rhythm To Spare
After a demoralising victory last weekend when rated as the Best Bet of The Day, this week the Zabeel filly is the only runner of her sex to take on the males in the Group One Queensland Derby. Scoring by almost three lengths last week, Gondokoro lines up against a class field, but this filly has proven herself at Group One level, and while she has to defeat the boys, she is a stayer of class, and proven at the trip – and after steady support in the betting all week which has seen her firm from $7 to $5.50 third favourite with IASBet.com, it suggests the money should be followed.
Race 8: Group One AAM Stradbroke Handicap (1400m)
1st: No 2. Epaulette
2nd: No 18. Sizzling
3rd: No 17. Better Than Ready
4th: No 4. Streama
With class three-year-olds Epaulette, Sizzling and Better Than Ready looking capable of taking out the one-two-three spots in the final Group One of the day, we lean towards last start Doomben 10,000 winner Epaulette from the Peter Snowden yard to take victory. Already a dual Group One winner, a further victory at the elite level will assure the son of Commands a place a stud. A half-brother to the triple Group One winner Helmet, Epaulette looks the hardest to beat with last start Group two Queensland Guineas winner Sizzling looking a top chance along with Better Than Ready.
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