Ladbrokes Tip: Horses can back-up from the Salinger Stakes into the Darley Classic and finish in the money!
The Salinger Stakes, also known as the Linlithgow Stakes, is a Group 2 race run on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day.
Derby Day is the first of four meetings making up the Melbourne Cup Carnival held at the tail-end of the wider Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late October or early November each year and features four Group 1 features.
The highlights on the bumper race card are the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Longines Mile (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m). There is also two Group 2 support acts on the program with the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for fillies and the Salinger Stakes run over 1200m by sprinters.
Open to horses aged three-years-old and over, the Salinger Stakes is an open handicap event offering $300,000 in total prize money.
It can serve as a lead-up to the following Saturday’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) over the same track and distance, a double last achieved by Dance Hero (2006).
The next edition of the Salinger Stakes runs on Late October, 2017.
Salinger Stakes Field
The Salinger Stakes field features a quality line-up of sprinters, although the top tier short-distance runners are often saved for the following Saturday’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m). Runners in the Salinger Stakes field may come off lead-up spring runs in a race like the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on Caulfield Cup Day, which last produced a Salinger Stakes winner with Éclair Choice (2015) who completed the double.
Horses may also come off a Sydney run in something like the Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200m) run at the start of the month at Royal Randwick. Another Sydney lead-up into the Salinger Stakes field is the Listed Tattersall’s Club Lightning (1100m), a race Deep Field won on way to his Salinger success in 2014. The next year’s Tattersall’s Club Lightning winner Dothraki (2015) went on to run third in the Salinger.
Salinger Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday on Derby Day and the final acceptances and barriers are out on the Wednesday.
Salinger Stakes Odds & Betting
Salinger Stakes odds are led by horses with a good 1200m record and those proven down the Flemington straight.
Some gallopers are more suited to turning track like Moonee Valley, so Salinger Stakes betting favours those that have previous experience at Flemington Racecourse and those also proven in similar Group company over the season.
Upsets are not uncommon in the race and the last winner to salute at double figures in the Salinger Stakes betting markets was Éclair Choice ($18 in 2015). Other recent upsets include the back-to-back victories of Fontelina ($17 in 2012 and $11 in 2013).
Salinger Stakes Tips
Top Salinger Stakes tips include backing horses coming off a last start win over a similar distance, getting behind graduates of a race like the Caulfield Sprint and backing runners proven down the testing Flemington straight.
Favourites only have a mediocre recent strike rate in the race so another good Salinger Stakes betting tip is to look at the horses with good lead-up form at $10 or over in the markets.
Salinger Stakes Form Guide
The Salinger Stakes form guide gives punters crucial information needed to place a well-informed wager like the track / distance records of the runners, their jockeys / trainers and lead-up performance. The form has held up in tougher Group races later in the spring a number of times in recent years including in the Darley Classic run seven days later. In 2013 Fontelina won the Salinger for the second year on the trot before a fourth to Buffering in the Darley Classic. Spirit Of Boom also ran second in both the 2012 and 2013 edition.
In 2012 Spirit Of Boom (2nd) went on to run third in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth two runs later and fourth in the same Ascot elite level on the back of his 2013 Salinger Stakes second placing.
Salinger Stakes Results
The Salinger Stakes results over the past decade have been a mixed bag between favourites and double-figure winners scoring an upset.
The last odds-on favourite to salute was Deep Field (2014) while the last back-to-back champ was Fontelina (2012-2013). Other notable recent Salinger Stakes winners include Eagle Falls (2009), Hot Danish (2008), Dance Hero (2006) and Takeover Target (2004).
Salinger Stakes Past Winners
|2016||Illustrious Lad||Counterattack||Southern Legend||1:08.3|
|2015||Eclair Choice||Hot Snitzel||Dothraki||1:09.3|
|2014||Deep Field||Driefontein||In Cahoots||1:11.0|
|2013||Fontelina||Spirit Of Boom||Rarefied||1:09.0|
|2012||Fontelina||Spirit Of Boom||Tiger Tees||1:08.8|
|2011||Sister Madly||Rarefied||Temple Of Boom||1:10.4|
|2008||Hot Danish||Fighting Fund||Sunburnt Land||1:10.1|
|2007||Swick||Great is Great||Typhoon Zed||1:08.9|
|2006||Dance Hero||Shadoways||Miss Andretti||1:08.6|
|2005||Glamour Puss||Barely A Moment||Cape Of Good Hope||1:08.9|
|2004||Takeover Target||Recurring||St Basil||1:08.2|
|2003||Ancient Song||Into The Night||Blessum||1:11.0|
|2002||Rubitano||Intelligent Star||Cosmic Strike||1:07.1|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|