On The Drift: Spring Feature Predictions


On the Drift: Spring Predictions Updated

Spring has well and truly sprung with several big feature races already being run.

And gee whiz it just keeps getting better, especially with The Everest and the Caulfield Cup running this Saturday.

There’s still LOADS of big races to come. If you want to have a dabble in futures betting with Ladbrokes, check out our predictions below.

Ladbrokes Cox Plate

Hutcho’ Tip

Gee whiz hasn’t this opened up over the last week or so? ZAAKI still heads the market and is the logical starting point.

By all reports they crawled in the Might & Power Stakes up until the 800m mark, where ZAAKI was clearly not happy banging his head around.

While he ran under par in that contest, the Cox Plate is typically run at a nice hot tempo which he absolutely loves.

He still looks the winner for mine, with GOLD TRIP & STATE OF REST providing European interest. 

DJ’s Tip

ZAAKI isn’t Winx, let’s just get that out of the way.

He was due for a sub-par run and I’m sure all connections would rather it be before his grand final, which has always been the Cox Plate.

JMac makes the journey down from Sydney to ride, searching for his first Cox Plate victory.

I think he gets it on ZAAKI and now you’re getting a better price to find out.

As our listeners know, I’m a huge fan of ANAMOE and think he’s something special.

Three-year-olds have a great record in this race and with light weight, Craig Williams on board, it would not be surprising to see him win this.

Golden Eagle

Hutcho’s Tip

As we’ve seen in recent years, there looks to be a looong tail to the 2021 Golden Eagle.

I’M THUNDERSTRUCK against his own age is undoubtedly the hardest to beat if MO’UNGA continues to the Cox Plate as planned.

The nice roughie in the race for mine is LION’S ROAR, who was as fat as a bus resuming a month or so ago. He shapes much fitter now and has beaten home MO’UNGA over the shorter trip last prep.

He is a nice smokey that will be seeing some of mine at $51.

DJ’s Tip

Could I tell you who wins this race in a few weeks’ time? Nah.

Do Hutcho and I have a combined 100% winning strike rate in this race? Yeah.

That’s because there’s only been two editions so far.

Obviously early days but I was very impressed with APACHE CHASE the other day up here at Eagle Farm.

The stable has had the Golden Eagle as the ultimate target for this horse and you can currently get around $15 to find out.

I will concede that if MO’UNGA ends up starting in this race he will be very hard to beat.

Coolmore Stud Stakes

Hutcho’s Tip

This contest couldn’t be more confusing, the three-year-olds are a mixed bunch to say the least.

The absolute elite horses in the field, IN THE CONGO & ARTORIUS are likely to contest, with Sydney raiders HOME AFFAIRS & PAULELE potentially coming down as well.

A real head scratcher.

With so much to play out, I think there are a couple of nice roughies in the market.

BRUCKNER has shown nice ability and has ticked the Flemington straight box, while GIMME PAR looks the best hope of the fillies.

KALLOS looks a nice chance as well, but gee whiz we can’t have them all!

Better to wait until to the day to see who lands there with barriers draws.

DJ’s Tip

I love the Coolmore, but the picture usually looks a lot clearer by this stage of the season. The Everest had muddied the waters somewhat, with gun three-year-old colts now being snapped up by slot-holders.

If they run well in The Everest, why would they bother going to the Coolmore?

HOME AFFAIRS gets a slot in the big race this weekend and I’m a big fan of him.

He’s come back from his Slipper prep enormous and a much-improved colt, if he races in the Coolmore, see you later.

Additionally, PAULELE looks a good horse as does EXTREME WARRIOR who demolished PROFITEER earlier this week.

From last weekend, in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, I think CRYSTAL BOUND and SNEAKY FIVE are the filly’s to follow. Both at juicy odds of $15.

Melbourne Cup

Hutcho’s Tip

Good luck if you find the winner here drifters.

SPANISH MISSION has some of the best European form going around, running within half a length of the staying superstar Stradivarius over the two mile.

The distance won’t be a concern for him and you would expect that he will start at the top of the market.

I think PERSAN looks a nice chance for the elite staying stable of Maher & Eustace.

This bloke ran out of his skin in the Cup last year, finishing 5th and has likely been trained for the first Tuesday of November to be his grand final.

There is still $34 available for him in early markets. 

DJ’s Tip

The race that stops the nation, I’ve been on Sydney Cup winner SELINO since June.

His lead up runs this prep have served their purpose, building for the first Tuesday in November.

He genuinely wants 3200m, the Flemington straight suits him to a tee and I tell you what drifters, you are getting a decent price to find out.

Good luck for the weekend and the rest of the Spring Carnival drifters!

And remember, if you’re playing in the futures markets, please gamble responsibly.

Written by,

Declan Jones & Dan Hutcheon

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