2018 Breeders Classic Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:45pm

Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m)

Satin Slipper won the Gimcrack Stakes in the Spring and she showed an impressive turn-of-foot to do so. The form coming out of that race has been strong and she has trialed very nicely ahead of her return to the races. Team Snowden have an excellent record with two-year-olds and as long as she has gone forward from her debut win, she will be tough to beat.

3 Units Satin Slipper

Race 2 - 1:25pm

Davali Thoroughbreds Cup (2400m)

This is easily the most open betting race of the day and there is very little between all eight horses in betting. You can make a case for just about every horse in this field and it is impossible to bet into this race with any real confidence.

No Bet

Race 3 - 2:00pm

Inglis Sprint (1100m)

What a race this is! It really does look set to be a match race between Nature Strip and She Will Reign and on their best form they do both look to have an edge over the rest of this field. Nature Strip looked like a star in the making after he recorded dominant wins at both The Valley and Ladbrokes Park, but the shine has come off him somewhat following his narrow win in the Inglis Dash. This is his first major test and he also has to deal with his first interstate trip.

She Will Reign won the Moir Stakes first-up in the Spring and she has only been beaten on two occasions – both times she did have a genuine excuse. She did enough in a recent barrier trial to suggest that she is ready for her return to the races and Nature Strip would need to improve again to match her best. This will be an interesting race to watch, but there is not a great deal of betting appeal.

Update: Nature Strip has been scratched from the Inglis Sprint and She Will Reign is now an unbackable favourite.

No Bet

Race 4 - 2:35pm

Highway Handicap (1200m)

This is an open edition of the Highway Handicap. The horse that does look to have upside is Try A Lil Harder and she has recorded two pleasing wins from as many starts this preparation. She has drawn towards the outside of the field, but that could prove to be an advantage as she does have early speed and Rachel Murray is likely to ride her aggressively in the early stages. This isn’t the strongest edition of the Highway Handicap and she is the only horse that does have upside.

1.5 Units Try A Lil Harder

Race 5 - 3:10pm

Inglis Classic (1200m)

Sanctimonious is on the quick back-up after he won as a short-priced favourite at The Valley last Friday night. He did plenty wrong in that race and not everything went to plan, but he was good enough to get herself out of trouble. On exposed form he does have an edge over the rest of this field and the fact that he has previously had a race start in Sydney is an advantage.

2.5 Units Sanctimonious

Race 6 - 3:45pm

Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m)

The Eskimo Prince Stakes is always an excellent race and this year’s race is no exception. Kementari, Siege Of Quebec, Assimilate and Brave Song are all horses with plenty of ability, but it is Goodfella that does appeal at his current price. It was only the talented Pierata that denied him victory in the Magic Millions Stakes and he did win the Brian Crowley Stakes in the Spring. It would not surprise if any of the leading contenders won this race, but Goodfella is worth a gamble at the current price.

1 Unit Goodfella

Race 7 - 4:25pm

Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m)

The Breeders Classic does look like a lovely race for Egyptian Symbol. She was brilliant in the Starlight Stakes and she was not disgraced when she finished third behind Viddora and Snitzkraft in the Magic Millions Snippets. She does have a fitness edge over the majority of her rivals in this contest and on her best form she is probably the best horse in this field.

2.5 Units Egyptian Symbol

Race 8 - 5:05pm

Bowness Stud Mile (1600m)

Show A Star led from start to finish to record a tough win at Rosehill Gardens last start and he will start this race as a clear favourite. This is a step-up in quality and it is tough to get him as short as his current price.

At his best, Supply And Demand is the best horse in this field. The issues has been that he has not raced at that level for the majority of this campaign and he is starting to become very costly for punters.

No Bet

Race 9 - 5:45pm

Sledmere Stud Dash (1000m)

It has been a while between race starts for Dal Cielo, but he has had a number of barrier trials and his last one at Gosford was very good. He stamped himself as something of a 1000 metres specialist during his most recent campaign and the fact that he has previously won at Warwick Farm is a big advantage. Glyn Schofield seems to have a good understanding of him and if he brings his best form to the races he will prove too strong for this field.

1.5 Units Dal Cielo