Featured Horses – Melbourne Autumn Carnival 2017

Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses

Here we check out a line-up of the expected big time gallopers set for stellar Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival campaigns with our Featured Horses section of the major players and Group 1 hopefuls to follow this season.


Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Horses & Odds - Ladbrokes

Humidor is favourite in 2017 Australian Cup betting this autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 4YO
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Pedigree: by Teofilo from Zalika
  • Trainer: Darren Weir
  • Major Target: Australian Cup (1st)

Weir stable is on fire and the markets for the Australian Cup 2017 suggest that could continue on Super Saturday with in-form Humidor early favourite for the weight-for-age Group 1. A progressive NZ- bred four-year-old, he has run second twice at Caulfield in February leading up to this including the narrow Peter Young Stakes second to Stratum Star. That formline has held up more than any other race in the Australian Cup and the bookies were right with Humidor saluting. Could head to Sydney after for a Winx clash in the $4mil Queen Elizabeth Stakes.


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The United States is a key chance in the Australian Cup 2017 odds at Flemington this autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 7YO
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Pedigree: by Galileo from Beauty Is Truth
  • Trainer: Robert Hickmott
  • Major Target: Australian Cup (5th)

A rising eight-year-old import who has been racing down under for owner Lloyd Williams since early 2014. He has built up a big following over the years including the Ranvet Stakes win last autumn and Queen Elizabeth second that season. Returned this year with an eye-catching first-up third in the Peter Young Stakes. Beaten only a half-length and his second-up record is excellent (4-2-2-0). That bodes well ahead of the Australian Cup. Proven WFA performer who will be fitter, but is yet to win at Flemington. That’s the only query.


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Spieth is favourite to win the Newmarket Handicap 2017. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 4YO
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Pedigree: by Thorn Park from Stella Livia
  • Trainer: Bryce Heys
  • Major Target: Newmarket Handicap (9th)

A real surprise early package in the autumn with an eye-catching first-up second to Terravista in the Black Caviar Lightning. First run since the Darley Classic second in the spring and returns to the 1200m down the Flemington straight second-up in the Newmarket Handicap. Tipped to go one better and get the Group 1 win adding to a consistent and growing career record (10-5-3-0). Class sprinter full of potential and should be fitter second-up getting into the Newmarket on a nice weight.


Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Jameka

Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka is 2017 Australian Cup-bound this autumn in Melbourne. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 4YO
  • Sex: Mare
  • Pedigree: by Myboycharlie from Mine Game
  • Trainer: Ciaron Maher
  • Major Target: Australian Cup (2nd)

Only a 4yo but over $3.6 million in prizemoney, this class staying mare won the Caulfield Cup by 3 lengths in the spring. Failed to run out the two miles in the Melbourne Cup when 15th next-up, but back over 2000 – 2400m in the autumn and she’ll be winning another Group 1. Took out the Crown Oaks as a filly so well equipped at Flemington where she’ll run on Super Saturday in the Australian Cup. History against the mares in the race but that’ll make her good value. Kicked off with fast-finishing fourth in CF Orr Stakes and backed-up in the Peter Young Stakes running fourth again under a length off the winner. Set to peak third-up.


Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses: Seaburge

Imported Caulfield Cup placegetter Exospheric heads towards a rematch with Jameka in the Australian Cup 2017. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Age: 5YO
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Pedigree: by Beat Hollow from Bright And Clear
  • Trainer: Lee & Anthony Freedman
  • Major Target: Australian Cup (3rd)

European import debuted in Australia when third to Jameka in the Caulfield Cup. Brilliant first run down under and then finished-up his opening prep with a Melbourne Cup eighth. Brave all in all. Will be getting more acclimatised and improving heading into the autumn. Ran first-up sixth only 1.4 lengths beaten in the Peter Young Stakes. Australian Cup looks perfect race for him next time out, but needs to turn tables on Jameka and co. Stronger horse second prep here, Freedman stable is in great form and weight-for-age suits.