The Eye Liner Stakes is always a fascinating betting race and that is the case once again in 2018.
There is very little between all the leading contenders in Eye Line Stakes betting and it is Tyzone ($4.40) that currently holds narrow favouritism from Moss ‘N’ Dale ($4.80), Most Important ($6), Lucky Hussler ($7) and Religify ($7.50).
We have analysed all 13 horses in the field and our complete 2018 Eye Liner Stakes tips can be found below.
Lucky Hussler has had a couple of false-starts this preparation, but he is finally set to return to the races in the Eye Liner Stakes this weekend. There is no doubt that Lucky Hussler is the class horse in this field and on his best form he would bolt in. The question mark is whether he can produce that sort of form first-up and you have to have serious doubts. It has been a while since he performed at his very best and there are genuine concerns about his fitness.
Religify is also set to return to the races after what has been a lengthy break and he is outstanding value at his current price of $7.50. The Choisir gelding has recorded three wins from his seven first-up starts and his recent barrier trial win at Rosehill Gardens suggests that he is fairly forward for his return to the races. He makes his own luck right on the speed and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t start shorter than his current price.
Most Important drops back in quality after being outclassed in the Doomben 10,000, Kingsford-Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap. This is definitely a more appropriate grade for him and he has won at this level in the past. The question is whether Mark Du Plessis can get him across from the wide barrier draw, but if he can find the lead he will prove tough to run down.
Moss ‘N’ Dale
Moss ‘N’ Dale is an ultra-consistent performer and he returned to winning form with a classy performance at Flemington last start. He is a horse that rarely produces a poor performance and he will be greatly advantaged if there is any rain around Ipswich in the lead-up to the Eye Liner Stakes. He looks to have found his right price, but he should be in the finish.
Charlie Boy was only narrowly beaten in the Gold Coast Cup, but he has since failed to fire in both the BRC Sprint and the Spear Chief. You can’t back him in this race off that performance.
Bassett has raced fairly without ever looking like a winning chance in all of his starts this campaign. It has now been a long-time between race wins for the Savabeel gelding and he would need to improve on his recent efforts to take out this contest.
I’m A Rippa
I’m A Rippa has been the best-backed runner in early Eye Liner Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes and it is easy to see why. He led from start to finish to record a tough win in the BRC Sprint and he was only narrowly denied in the Spear Chief. The Love Conquers All gelding is another horse that makes his own luck right on the speed and has to be considered a contender.
Tougherthantherest has failed to fire in two race starts since being sent to Queensland. He is a better horse than those performances suggest and he hasn’t had a great deal of luck in either start, but it is still tougher to back him with any confidence.
Marenostro has not been seen at the races since September last year and during that campaign he looked like a shadow of the horse that he once was. He is the extreme outsider in this field for a reason.
Privlaka is capable of a high-rating performance on his day and he ran well in both the Victory Stakes and the BRC Sprint. He did have excuses in the Spear Chief last start and he is a horse that should perform better than his current price suggests.
Tyzone has recorded two wins on the trot and he gets a well-deserved crack at black-type level. There is no doubt that the horse is flying and he is a proven winner, but he does look under the odds in a race of this quality. He is much better suited over 1200 metres and I still think that he would need to go to another level to win this contest.
Coolring ran well in the National Sprint and scored a fast-finishing win in the Wagga Town Plate, but he was very poor at Doomben last start. He has been backed from $61 into $26 with Ladbrokes early and you never know what he is capable of on his day.
Bushy is another horse that comes out of a fairly plain effort in the Spear Chief. He has been racing well, but I don’t think that he is up to a race of this quality.