The Robert Sangster Stakes is the second Group 1 race set to take place at Morphettville on Saturday and this could be the strongest edition in the history of the race.
It is Viddora that has opened as favourite in our Robert Sangster Stakes betting market, but you can make a case for just about every horse in this field and there are a host of very talented gallopers that are available at big odds.
We have analysed every single horse in this field and our complete 2018 Robert Sangster Stakes tips can be found below.
Secret Agenda won this race 12 months ago in very impressive fashion and her best form would have her right in this contest. She wasn’t beaten far by Dainty Tess in the Irwin Stakes and she can still improve on that performance. The wide barrier draw is not ideal and she will need some luck in running, but it is tough to ignore a horse of her ability at the current price of $13.
Viddora was beaten as a short-priced favourite in the Irwin Stakes, but she did have a genuine excuse. The big issue in this contest is the fact that she has drawn barrier one and there is every chance that she will be trapped on the fence, worse than midfield. There is no doubt that she is a mare with plenty of talent and she is one of the horses to beat, but the barrier draw means that I can’t get her as short as her current quote.
I love the fact that Super Cash has been set for the Robert Sangster Stakes first-up and I have her on top of my Robert Sangster Stakes selections. She has recorded five wins from six first-up starts and she produced the best performance of her career to win the Rubiton Stakes in the Autumn. The Written Tycoon mare has trialed nicely ahead of her return to the races and she will never have a better chance to record a Group 1 victory.
Missrock has been freshened-up since she finished a credible seventh in the Newmarket Handicap. The Fastnet Rock mare is another horse that does run very well fresh and she raced well in both her starts in Adelaide 12 months ago. You never really know what to expect from Missrock, but she does look well-placed in this contest and there is a touch of value at her current price of $16.
Dainty Tess started her campaign with a win in the Charleson Classic and she stamped herself as a genuine Robert Sangster Stakes contender with her win in the Irwin Stakes last start. There was a fair amount of merit in that victory, but unlike Viddora and Secret Agenda, I don’t think that she has the upside to improve on that effort and I am happy to take her on in this contest.
Quilista has recorded three wins on the trot in impressive fashion and she smashed the clock when she won the Sapphire Stakes at Royal Randwick last start. She has the early speed to take up the running in the early stages of this contest and she will give her rivals something to catch. She is one of the leading contenders.
Whispering Brook will return to Group 1 racing for the first time since she failed to fire in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in December last year. She has improved since she was transferred to the care of Darren Weir, but I still think that she is just below the level that will be required to win this contest.
Miss Gunpowder returned to winning form with a strong win in the Gold Bracelet at Bendigo, but this race is much tougher. She would need to produce a career best performance to win this contest and I don’t think she has that much upside at this stage of her racing career.
Pedrena will go into the Robert Sangster Stakes first-up. She has recorded five wins from ten race starts and her first-up record is excellent, but this is the toughest challenge of her career and the wide barrier draw is not ideal.
Legless Veuve will make have her first start for new trainer Henry Dwyer in the Robert Sangster Stakes. Her trials in the lead-up to her return to the races have been poor and horses acquired by Dwyer from Robert Smerdon and Stuart Webb have a very poor strike-rate.
It’s Been A Battle
It’s Been A Battle took up the running in the Irwin Stakes and the likes of Dainty Tess, Viddora and Secret Agenda finished over the top of her late. It is tough to see her turning-the-tables in this contest.
This is a huge step-up in class for Mica Lil. She should be double her current price.
Mystified comes out of the same race as Mica Lil. She is the extreme outsider of this field for a reason.
Shoals claimed a maiden Group 1 victory when she took out the Surround Stakes at Royal Randwick, but she was ruled out for the rest of the Sydney Autumn Carnival due to injury. There were fears that her racing career was over, but she has clearly done enough to show trainer Anthony Freedman that she is ready for a return to the races and Royal Ascot remains on the agenda. The form coming out of the Surround Stakes has been strong and the scary thing about Shoals is that she still has upside. She will need some luck in running, but $16 is well and truly over the odds for this underrated filly.
Catchy was finally able to return to winning form with a strong win in the Arrowfield Sprint and a repeat of that effort would have her right in the Robert Sangster Stakes this weekend. She maps to get a lovely run in transit with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle and she is another filly that appeals at double-figure odds.
Formality will return to the races for the first time since she failed to fire in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. She won a barrier trial by 15 lengths at Tatura ahead of her return to the races and she generally does run well fresh, but she is likely just below the level that will be required to win at this level.
Tulip produced one of the worst performances of her career in the Birthday Card Stakes at Rosehill Gardens and it is tough to back her in a race of this quality off the back of that performance.
True Excelsior was beaten in the Redelva Stakes last start and this race is much tougher.