A capacity field of twenty fillies and mares are set to contest the 2019 running of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Four emergencies make up the final twenty-four acceptances with many of the nominated chances coming up with horror gates.
Last year’s winner Daysee Doom came up with barrier twenty-one while her Ron Quinton trained stablemate Dixie Blossoms will get a cosy run after drawing barrier two but could jump from the inside gate if the first emergency Mandylion (barrier 1) fails to gain a start.
Trainer Chris Waller will saddle up four runners, Savvy Coup, Noire, I Am Serious and Fiesta while Kris Lees has three, Invincible Gem, Princess Posh and El Dorado Dreaming.
We have analysed every horse in the field and our complete 2019 Coolmore Classic tips can be found below.
Daysee Doom is chasing back to back wins in the 2019 Coolmore Classic but the Ron Quinton trained mare hasn’t visited the winner’s stall since her victory twelve months ago. Daysee Doom has had one run back from a spell for a first up sixth to the outsider White Moss in the Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill three weeks ago and she has a tough task ahead after drawing barrier twenty-one in the original draw but can came into seventeen if all four emergencies fail to gain a start.
Dixie Blossoms has the jump on her stablemate Daysee Doom after drawing barrier two and could start from the rails if the first emergency Mandylion (barrier 1) fails to gain a start. Dixie Blossoms was beaten three quarters of a length when second first up to Alassio in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes and will strip fitter for that outing. Has strong each way claims.
Former Kiwi trained mare Savvy Coup is a dual Group 1 winner in New Zealand but failed to impress at her only start for the Chris Waller stable with a first up eleventh in the Millie Fox Stakes. Has several gear changes but hard to recommend.
The Goulburn trained Eckstein was the winner of the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick two starts but will be facing stiffer opposition here and has place claims at best.
Oregon’s Day was runner up to Daysee Doom in last year’s Coolmore Classic and the Mick Price trained mare has returned from a spell in winning form with a first up victory in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes over 1400m at Flemington. Michael Walker is certain to give her the run of the race from barrier three and she has to be considered as one of the main chances.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Alassio is racing in outstanding form with three wins from her last four starts including a last start win over Coolmore Classic rivals Dixie Blossoms and Manicure in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Likes to race on the pace and will be in the firing line for a long way from a good gate.
Cool Passion is another who likes to race on the speed and Adam Hyeronimus will most likely go forward from a midfield barrier. Trainer Tony McEvoy tested Cool Passion in Group 1 company last start with a fourth to Trapeze Artist in the Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Randwick and is coming back to fillies and mares class. Place claims appear best.
Noire is one of Chris Waller’s four Coolmore Classic runners but looks outclassed on her last start tenth of ten in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes.
The Jason Coyle trained White Moss caused a major upset when she arrived at $51 to win the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes over 1300m at Rosehill. It will be interesting to see if she can repeat that effort in the Coolmore Classic.
Aloisia was the winner of the 2017 Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield during her three year old season but has had mixed form since with one win and three placings from fourteen starts. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained four year old never threatened first up when seventh to Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (140m) at Randwick and will find it tough going after coming up with the outside barrier.
I Am Serious
The Chris Waller trained I Am Serious has been installed as the early favourite for the Coolmore Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au after resuming for a first up second to the bolter White Moss in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill. Had plenty of support that day to start the favourite but James McDonald will be looking for all the favours after the mare drew an awkward barrier. Luck in running could see her followers get something back.
Invincible Gem is the first of Kris Lees’ three runners in the Coolmore Classic and will need plenty of luck after drawing barrier eighteen in the original draw. The I Am Invincible mare has been Group 1 placed twice and is coming off a second up third to stablemate Princess Posh in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket at Newcastle last Friday.
The Kris Lees trained Princess Posh arrived at double figure odds to win the Newcastle Newmarket last Friday but will be struggling to make it back to back wins after drawing barrier twenty-three in the original barrier draw.
Savatiano has been placed at her two runs back from a spell, including a last start second to Princess Posh in the Newcastle Newmarket, but will need more than her fair share of luck from an extremely wide barrier.
El Dorado Dreaming
El Dorado Dreaming is the first of the three year old fillies in the Coolmore Classic field and has a nice weight advantage over the older mares. The Kris Lees trained El Dorado Dreaming is fitter for two runs back from a spell and produced her trademark late finishing burst to run third to Nakeeta Jane in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Has drawn a wide gate but that might not be too much of a problem because she gets back in the field anyway and if Brenton Avdulla can slot in for some cover, she will be running on at the business end.
Fiesta had no luck from a wide barrier last start when sixth to Nakeeta Jane in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick and could get a better run from a mid-field gate in the Coolmore Classic. The Chris Waller trained filly has each way claims if Glyn Schofield can get a trouble free run.
Jamaican Rain worked her way up through the classes last campaign with a hat trick of wins and resumed from a spell to find the winner’s stall again in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes over 1400m at Flemington. Glen Boss flies in from Singapore to ride and she is not the worst with a light weight.
Bella Martini hasn’t found the winner’s stall for twelve months and looks to have the job ahead of her on recent form that includes a last start seventh to Alassio in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick.
Manicure has been placed at her last three runs and trainer James Cummings has put the blinkers on the Exceed And Excel mare for the Coolmore Classic. Manicure is coming off a last start third to Alassio in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes and has to contend with an extremely wide barrier.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Moss Trip is stepping up in class after a first up fourth to White Moss in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill. Moss Trip will find this tougher but she has a lot in her favour and Tommy Berry will give the lightly weighted mare every chance from a good barrier draw.
The first emergency Mandylion showed a lot of cheek last start when she led the field into the straight before fading to finish sixth to Alassio in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes. No easier here.
Mizzy was straight out of her Maiden win when when fourth to Nakeeta Jane in the Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick. Looking for something easier.
Qafila scored a tough win last start in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield but hard to see her threaten here.
Pohutukawa is the fourth emergency and is very unlikely to gain a start. The James Cummings filly was always well back when fifth to Nakeeta Jane in the Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick. She is also engaged in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange on Friday where she is better placed.