19 of the best fillies and mares in the country are set to contest what will be a fascinating edition of the 2018 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The amount of quality in this field is nothing short of mouth-watering and it is no surprise that it is an incredibly open race – Dixie Blossoms is a narrow favourite at her current price of $7.
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Dixie Blossoms returned to the races with a fast-finishing win in the Guy Walter Stakes and she is a mare that generally takes a step-forward second-up. Barrier four gives jockey Corey Brown plenty of options and there is no doubt that she is right in this race, but it is tough to get her as short as her current quote in such a competitive race.
Silent Sedition is the horse to beat in the 2018 Coolmore Classic. She was dominant last start in the Mannerism Stakes when she led from start to finish and that performance showed that she was back to her best. I think that she still has more upside to improve than the likes of Dixie Blossoms and she was enormous in this race when caught three wide 12 months ago. She should get a much better run in transit with Craig Williams in the saddle and with even luck in running she can claim another Group 1 victory.
Daysee Doom produced arguably a career best performance to win the Millie Fox Stakes and just like her stablemate Dixie Blossoms, she is a very consistent mare. Whether she has the same upside as Dixie Blossoms is a genuine question and she has been beaten home by her stablemate the past three times that they have met. The wide barrier draw is not ideal and there is plenty of pressure on Andrew Adkins.
Heavens Above is back to defend her title in the Coolmore Classic. She showed an explosive turn-of-foot to win this race 12 months ago and she is a mare that is capable of a high-rating performance on her day. She hasn’t finished in the placings since her win in the Coolmore Classic and she was a touch flat in the Millie Fox Stakes. I am happy to take her on in this contest.
Prompt Response was excellent first-up in the Breeders Classic and she wasn’t disgraced when beaten in the Millie Fox Stakes. She is a mare that is capable of struggling second-up before rebounding the further she gets into her campaign and her best form would have her right in this race. She does appeal at the current price of $18.
Zanbagh beat home just one runner in the Guy Walter Stakes and she was poor during the Spring. She has seen better days and she would likely require a heavy track to have any chance.
Egg Tart ran terrific closing sectionals in the Liverpool City Cup and she looks to have returned to the races in terrific order. Kerrin McEvoy has an excellent record on Egg Tart, but he will need to be at his very best in this race. Barrier three is really not ideal for Egg Tart as she will get a long way back and she will have plenty of horses in front of her. She has the talent to win this race, but I am happy to take her on at the current price.
It is tough to know what to make of Alizee this preparation. She recorded a tough win first-up in the Light Fingers Stakes, but she was soundly beaten in the Surround Stakes and she didn’t really have an excuse. She is another filly that maps to get a long way back from the wide barrier draw and she would need to improve significantly on her Surround Stakes effort to be any chance.
Aide Memorie has not been particularly impressive since she was transferred to the care of Kris Lees. She didn’t beat a runner home in the Triscay Stakes and she never really got into the contest in the Guy Walter Stakes. I am more than happy to oppose.
It has been an eternity since Danish Twist won a race and she finished at the tail of the field in the Guy Walter Stakes. You couldn’t possibly back her off that effort.
Eckstein does look to be a mare that is over the odds at her current quote. She is not the most consistent horse in the world, but she is capable of a high-rating performance of her day. She is another mare that will need luck in running, but she does have the benefit of Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.
Flippant won the Frances Tressdy Stakes at Flemington last start, but this is a genuine step-up in class. She has generally produced her best form down the famous Flemington straight and I’m not sure that she is up to a race of this quality at this stage of her career.
Raiment has been the best-backed runner in early Coolmore Classic betting market. She found the line strongly to finish third in the Triscay Stakes and she was not beaten far by Dixie Blossoms in the Guy Walter Stakes. Michael Walker has been riding in excellent form and he is going to need to be at his best as Raiment could get shuffled back from the inside barrier. Godolphin is flying and you can’t rule her out, but she is another that I can’t get as short as their current price.
Francaletta made her Australian racing debut with a solid effort in the Guy Walter Stakes and she should take plenty of improvement from that performance. This is the first time that she has stepped-up to 1500 metres and that is a genuine question mark, but you simply can’t question the record that Murray Baker has in Australia. She is another mare that is right in this race and looks to have found her right price.
Bring Me Roses
Bring Me Roses has been excellent without winning this preparation. She was only narrowly denied by Rimraam in The Vanity and she finished a gallant third behind Grunt and Peaceful State in the Australian Guineas. I’m not sure that is looking for the drop and trip and she could be looking for further at this stage of her racing career.
Slighty Sweet finished midfield in both the Breeders Classic and the Guy Walter Stakes. Another midfield performance looks likely as she has never shown anything that suggests she is capable of winning at this level.
Just Dreaming steps back-up in class following her win in the Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifier last start. She is a mare with promise, but this does look a touch beyond her at this stage of her racing career.
Oregon’s Day has quickly become an expensive horse for punter. She was very well-backed ahead of the Frances Tressady Stakes, but she was unable to run down Flippant and this has been something of a trend during her racing career to date.
Shumookh is the value runner in the 2018 Coolmore Classic. She has been very tough in both the Light Fingers Stakes and the Surround Stakes and she really is the filly that is weighted to win this race. Jay Ford will likely ride her aggressively in the early stages of the race and she does have the early speed required to take up the running. If she does find the lead, she will prove tough to run down and she definitely appeals at the current price of $21.
Update: Shumookh has been scratched from the 2018 Coolmore Classic.