We turn our attention back to the Top End on Monday for the traditional running of the Darwin Cup

A capacity field of stayers has accepted for the final race on the program, all chasing a share in over $200,000. 

To help you find a winner, we’ve analysed every horse in our 2022 Darwin Cup Preview below.

1. Living The Dream (4)

Trainer Rob Gulberti is aiming to win his third Darwin Cup over the last four years with short-priced favourite Living The Dream. The talented stayer is on a quick backup after resuming a winner in the Metric Mile last week where he crossed the line with plenty to spare. The seven-year-old enjoyed a lovely run one-off the speed and will likely take a similar sit in transit with Brad Rawiller retaining the ride, and with wins over further to his name, there’s no doubt he’s the horse to beat. 

2. I Am The Fox (13)

I Am The Fox follows a similar path to Living The Dream coming off a place last week in the same race when fresh. The old boy by Foxwedge has won three times second-up from a spell and has typically saved his best work for his home track. He’s been an honest customer finding the money in each of his last four starts and rates a definite each-way chance at double figures. 

3. Playoffs (14)

Playoffs resumed a winner three weeks ago over the mile after making the journey north from Melbourne. The Gary Clarke-trained son of Tavistock was brave to the line winning by half a length, and he’s again been kept fresh ahead of his main assignment. Jarrod Todd retains the ride and there’s definite scope for improvement getting out over further. As the quote suggests, he’s the main danger to the favourite.

4. Trident (3)

Trident is an honest type that has performed admirably on his home track in the past. The five-year-old son of Smart Missile is a four-time winner at this venue and he has been around the mark recently finishing three lengths off Playoffs last time out. He’s placed over this trip previously, while apprentice Sonja Wiseman was also responsible for back to back wins in Alice Springs back in April. 

5. Noir De Rue (11)

Noir De Rue has been racing well of late, returning a place in three of his last five starts. His record over this trip stands out, alongside the fact he ran third in this race last year. This is a bit of a step up in grade now, but he might be over the odds with nearly a month between runs. 

6. Gone Bye (10)

Gone Bye let down beautifully over the track and distance last start to win by an impressive two-length margin. His form prior in Sydney was mixed, but he’s always a danger over this trip with two wins to his name. 

7. Kaonic (1)

Kaonic was a narrow winner two back over the mile before struggling in the same race as Living The Dream last week finishing seven lengths off. He’s a much better horse than that performance suggests, but off that, he’s still tough to recommend. 

8. Our Destrier (12)

Our Destrier strips fitter for two runs back and should appreciate the drop in weight after running second to Playoffs last month over the mile. He resumed a dominant three-length winner the start prior and looks ready for the step up to 2000m now. 

9. Danon Roman (8)

It’s been over two years since Danon Roman last won a race and as the odds suggest, it’s unlikely he breaks that drought here. 

10. Starouz (6)

Starouz worked home well to fill the minors behind Living The Dream last week but appears tested here stepping out over 2000m for the first time. 

11. Vallabar (7)

Vallabar is unplaced in three attempts over this journey and looks unlikely to trouble most of these. 

12. Venting (15)

 Venting is shooting for a double after winning the NT Derby over the track and distance a few weeks ago. The Star Witness four-year-old made it look easy thanks to a brilliant steer from Paul Denton, who now drops four kg’s in the saddle. He’s rock-hard fit at this stage of his prep and should be a real factor in the late stages.


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