Darby Munro Stakes 2012 – Betting Update and Tips

Fifteen three-year-old horses will line up tomorrow to contest the 2012 Darby Munro Stakes at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens.

There has been limited movement in the betting market ahead of the Listed 1200 metre race but punters seem to have shied away from bookmaker.com.au favourite Hallowell Belle.

The Gai Waterhouse trained filly opened at $4.00 earlier this week but the Surround Stakes third-place finisher has now moved out to $4.40.

Outside of the race-favourite, there is a cluttering of horses vying for second spot in the betting market with Newmarket runner African Pulse ($6.50), Anise ($7.00), Aerobatics ($7.50) and Ever The Same ($9.00) all coming in under $10.00.

On the back of some extensive research and form analysis, the Races.com.au team have come up with our best tips for what should be an exciting sprint tomorrow in the harbour city.

The Winner

Coming off a spell, Anise ($7.00) is a traditionally strong starter having finished a worst of second in her first-up efforts to date.

We are tipping her to again come out of the blocks firing and she is in the perfect position to do so after receiving a plum barrier six draw.

The Peter Snowden trained filly is a born sprinter with both her career victories coming at 1100 metres.

The Placings

Michael Moroney trained colt African Pulse ($6.50) will be ridden by experienced jockey Corey Brown on Saturday and should appreciate a drop back in class after a difficult start to 2012.

He finished mid-field in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket handicap and with a lesser quality field of opposition should go close to returning to the form that has seen him win three of six starts.

While undefeated New Zealand gelding Sacred Pins is unlikely to remain so this Saturday, with Hugh Bowman in the saddle and a favourable barrier five draw he should have the talent to feature near the front in what will be his first Listed race.


Another New Zealand horse going into tomorrow’s race unbeaten is the Noel Mayfield-Smith trained Famous Seamus.

The three-year-old is at home over the 1200 metre Darby Munro distance and at $15.00 provides excellent value if he can handle the step up in class.


Gai Waterhouse trained race-favourite Hallowell Belle has been left alone by the punters so far and for good reason.

The filly has received the favourite tag on the back of third-place finishes in Group 2 races but she is yet to show she is a winner with just one victory from 11 starts.

Making life extra tough for Hallowell Belle is her barrier start after drawing the widest of the 15-horse field.

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