2019 Expressway Stakes Preview
The 2019 Expressway Stakes may have only drawn six runners, but it is still set to be a fascinating race as well as a key form reference for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Alizee made a winning return to the races last start and she has opened as a clear favourite in our Expressway Stakes betting market, but she will face stiff competition from the likes of Hartnell, Trapeze Artist and Le Romain.
Will Alizee claim another win or will there be an Expressway Stakes upset? We have analysed all six runners and our complete 2019 Expressway Stakes tips can be found below.
This is the first time that Hartnell has ever contested a race over 1200 metres. He has run very well first-up in the past, but that has generally been over 1400 metres and there is a chance that he might find the likes of Alizee and Trapeze Artist a bit too slick for him. In saying that, $12 does represent a hint of overs for a horse of his quality.
Trapeze Artist is back for another crack at the Expressway Stakes after he won the race in fairly impressive fashion 12 months ago. He failed to win a race last campaign, but he was far from disgraced behind Redzel in The Everest and, on his day, he is one of the best sprinters in the country. It will be interesting to see how forward Gerald Ryan has Trapeze Artist for his return to the races and there is no doubt that he is one of the leading contenders, if he does bring his best form. $4 is over the odds compared to the $1.85 available for Alizee.
Le Romain is a horse with an excellent first-up record and it is no surprise that he has been well-found in early Expressway Stakes betting. His first-up wins have definitely been in weaker company than this and I think that he is better over 1400 metres, but there is no doubt that he is a class horse. I have plenty of respect for the horse, but $4 is under the odds.
Dothraki returned to the races with a fair run in the Falvelon Quality before he wasn’t beaten far behind Egyptian Symbol in the Magic Millions Snippets. This is a genuine step-up in quality and he isn’t a horse that wins out of turn. $31 does seem around the right price.
Lanciato looked set for a big Spring campaign when he returned to the races with a fourth place finish in the Missile Stakes, but he wasn’t really able to go on with the job. 1200 metres is short of his best and he will likely need this run. He is the extreme outside in the Expressway Stakes field for a reason.
Alizee is the horse to beat in the Expressway Stakes. She ran some very impressive closing sectionals when she returned to the races in the Christmas Classic, after a lengthy lay-off, and she should take good improvement from that performance. The fact that James Cummings has given her a barrier trial between races is another positive. She is a horse that is capable of a flat effort second-up and Cummings does have big plans for her this preparation, with the All Star Mile a potential target. There is no doubt that she is capable of winning this race, but it is tough to get her as short as her current price of $1.85.