The Group 1 $1m Coolmore Stud Stakes for the three year olds over 1200m down the famous Flemington straight on Saturday is highly regarded as a stallion making race but this year could prove to be the exception with the brilliant filly Sunlight set to take on the colts.
A change of heart by trainer Tony McEvoy could see the filly dash the hopes of the well performed colts Written By, Zousain, Lean Mean Machine and Encryption.
The James Cummings trained Encryption is the only runner in the ten horse field to have won down the Flemington straight while Sunlight’s only attempt resulted in a third at her debut run as a two year over 1000m in the Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes in October last year.
We have analysed the field and our complete 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes tips can be found below.
Brilliant colt Written By goes into the Coolmore Stud Stakes chasing a hat trick of wins after two victories at Caulfield in a 1000m three year old Plate and in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 17. The Grahame Begg trained colt is sizzling out of the barriers and hasn’t been headed at his two recent wins. In winning form and one of the top chances.
Zousain is the first of trainer Chris Waller’s two Coolmore Stud Stakes runners who has already performed well at Group 1 level, twice being runner up to his stablemate The Autumn Sun. Zousain was second in the Group 1 J J Atkins Plate over 1600m at Doomben as a two year old during the Winter Carnival and is coming off a last start second in the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill six weeks ago. Always has claims in this class of race.
Encryption carried the Godolphin royal blue colours to victory down the Flemington straight two starts back when he saluted in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes when he came from the tail of the field. The James Cummings trained colt ran on from the back last start but couldn’t catch Written By when second in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield. A win over this course and distance is a huge advantage.
Lean Mean Machine
Lean Mean Machine is the second of the Chris Waller runners and like his stablemate, Zousain, hasn’t raced since the Golden Rose Stakes when he finished fifth. Lean Mean Machine is a two times Group 2 winner and with Hugh Bowman aboard can’t be left out of the mix.
The Lindsay Park trained Long Leaf has been placed at two of his three race starts this campaign and has had a freshen up since finishing third in the 1400m Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on September 30. Might find his opposition a bit too slick.
The Queensland trained colt Sesar is facing his toughest test to date but got the job done last start with a win in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes over 1200m at Randwick four weeks ago. The Steven O’Dea trained colt is on the improve and might be worth an each way wager at decent odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Paquirri has been well beaten at his two runs this campaign and has been installed as one of the outsiders of the Coolmore Stud Stakes field following his last of eleven in the Group 2 Run To The Rose over 1200m at Rosehil at the beginning of September.
The Team Hawkes trained Diplomatico hasn’t done anything wrong this campaign with a win on the Kensington Track before taking out the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes over 1200m at Randwick. Facing a lot tougher opposition here.
Thorondor failed to threaten last start when seventh of eight in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint over 1000m against the older sprinters. Has the experience of running second to Encryption down the Flemington straight in the Danehill Stakes but has to improve drastically on his latest outing to be a threat.
Sunlight never found clear running last start when seventh to Brave Smash in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at The Valley last Friday night. Trainer Tony McEvoy is willing to forget the run and her form before that was first class. One of the main chances back against her own age group.