2020 Australian Hurdle & Steeplechase Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:05pm

Ladbrokes Back Yourself Hurdle (3400m)

Diamond Star Halo has proven that she is a serious jumps horse and she can record another win in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Back Yourself Hurdle.

The High Chaparral mare has had four goes over the jumps for two wins and as many second placings, and she was last seen finishing a head second to Riding High at The ‘Bool.

She is rock-hard fit and can return to winning form.

4 Units Diamond Star Halo

Race 2 - 12:45pm

Ladbrokes Australian Hurdle (3900m)

We don’t have to wait long until the start of the feature races and the Ladbrokes Australian Hurdle comes up at Race 2.

It’s a small but talented field, and I’ll be happy to have something on another Waterhouse & Bott runner, Runaway.

Once a Melbourne Cup contestant, Runaway is another horse that has clearly relished a switch in focus to jumps and has recorded two wins and a close second from his three attempts so far.

He ran into an impressive Gobstoppers at The ‘Bool last time out, but I think that he has the means to turn the table on that runner here.

4 Units Runaway

Race 3 - 1:25pm

Ladbrokes Australian Steeplechase (3900m)

Even without the superstar Ablaze accepting, this is still set to be an excellent edition of the Ladbrokes Australian Steeplechase.

We backed Lucques at a big price at The ‘Bool a few weeks ago and he only just missed, and I don’t see a reason why he won’t be able to produce something similar here.

A veteran of the Australian jumps scene, Lucques has returned some big performances in our biggest races, and wound back the clock when filling the minors behind Ablaze three back, before his commendable effort in the Brierly Steeplechase last time out.

He’s rock-hard fit and ready to win.

2 Units Lucques

Race 4 - 2:05pm

Samson Handicap (1200m)

Only eight horses have accepted a position in this race and of those horses, only five have race day experience.

I can’t find an angle that I am particularly confident in and I am happy to stay out of it.

No Bet

Race 5 - 2:40pm

Ladbrokes Same Race Multi Handicap (2100m)

Declares War has mixed his form a little this time, but he should be in peak fitness and strikes a winnable contest on Sunday.

The Matt Cumani-trained gelding has returned the stable some terrific performances and results throughout his career, and it’s probably fair to say that he’s kept his best for here at Ladbrokes Park.

Craig Williams is a bonus, he’s drawn well and he might not be offered a better opportunity to win.

2 Units Declares War

Race 6 - 3:15pm

Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (1300m)

Springrolls will enjoy good improvement from her first-up hit-out in a far harder race than this one, and I think she’ll take a power of beating.

The Carlton House filly has been a great horse for Pakenham trainer Tim Hughes throughout her career and found form around some good horses last time in, capping her prep with a lovely win at Sale.

Craig Williams stays aboard, but she will need luck from out wide.

2 Units Springrolls

Race 7 - 3:45pm

Labrokes Cash In Handicap (1200m)

Galenus doesn’t know how to run a bad race and he finds himself in another very winnable one at Ladbrokes Park on Sunday.

The Tasmanian, currently in the care of Patrick Payne has made only four appearances at the race so far, but has won three times and placed on the other occasion.

He couldn’t have been more impressive when debuting on the mainland for a dominant win at Cranbourne a couple of weeks ago and he’ll only improve for that effort.

4 Units Galenus

Race 8 - 4:15pm

Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1400m)

Villa Sarchi has returned some good efforts this time and is up to winning a race of this quality.

The Robbie Griffiths-trained gelding ran second to Secret Vega at Pakenham two back before finishing five lengths from Sikorsky at Flemington last week.

He’s rock-hard fit and I like that he’s on the short back up.

1 Unit E/W Villa Sarchi

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