Race Time: 2.40pm Meeting: Flemington Day: Saturday 31st October
Distance: 6f Full Race Name: Coolmore Stud Stakes (Group 1)
What a weekend this is turning out to be for racing fans all over the globe with some high quality jumping action on Channel 4, the Breeders Cup from Kentucky, and this top quality sprint in Australia as well to look forward -too much of a good thing we wonder?
Of the twelve declared runners here three were winners last time out, and a further six placed so it seems fair to say we are in for one heck of a contest well worth watching given half a chance. We fully expect Exosphere to go off favourite on the day, and deservedly so after the son of Lonhro won his last three races – and six of his last seven starts. A very easy Group Two win at Randwick will have put him spot on for today and he certainly looked way above average with a burst of speed that took him past the leaders with the minimum of fuss when asked to go and win his race, and if he can repeat that kind of effort here, he looks very difficult to oppose with James McDonald in the saddle once again.
Trainer Chris Waller is no fool yet he seems reasonably happy to take on the favourite with Japonism who was only third, beaten three and a half lengths by the jolly last time out with no obvious reason why those places should be reversed. Maybe he knows something that the rest of us don’t, or new tactics may be employed, but with Glynn Schofield doing the steering all things are possible even if we cant see it and won’t be parting with our cash other than perhaps each way?
Craig Williams is yet another top jockey on show here and if he gets the breaks on Mogador then he could be each way value and has more room to improve than most with age. Another son of Lonhro, he has only had the five career starts and is yet to finish outside of the first three making him rock solid each way material perhaps, and may have been left with a bit too much to do out the back last time out before coming with a run that failed by just half a length a behind Keen Array. He is stepping up from Listed class today which is the main issue in our eyes, but if there is going to be a shock then he could yet be the one to provide it.
Singapore raider Super One has the embarrassment of zero detailed form as far as the Racing Post are concerned, but in reality he has won four of his five races and was runner up last time out in a prep race for this, returning after close to three months off the track. Now that the Singapore Turf Club have (sadly) dropped their International races that included the Krisflyer Sprint, the local horses will be forced to go abroad in search of better racing and it will be interesting to see how they get on with Super One an early flag bearer. Making a case for him isn’t easy with so little/no collateral form to work on but his form is pretty decent by local standards and at a big price he may sneak a place for those who like to bet that way.