Fernhill Handicap 2012 – Predictions

A bumper Saturday of racing is set to take place at Royal Randwick this weekend and the race to kick it all off is the $100,000 2012 Fernhill Handicap that will see an 11-horse field of juveniles tested over 1600 metres.

Set to jump at 11:45am, the Listed race is the first on a day that features the prestigious Doncaster Mile, the ATC Oaks and the Galaxy for sprinters.

Current favourite to take out the juvenile sprint is Dear Demi, who is paying $2.80 with Races.com.au preferred bookie bookmaker.com.au.

Following the Clarry Connors-trained filly in the betting is Flying Spur colt Rowie ($4.80) who gets a chance to prove his debut win at Randwick-Kensington on April 9 was no fluke.

Behind the two favourites, there is a large gap in the betting market with Red Hot Chillies ($7.50), Proverb ($9.00) and Strength ($9.00) the next best three.

Don’t know much about the the young Fernhil lineup? Don’t worry, the Races.com.au team have been studying the form and are here to deliver our exclusive predictions for the Listed two-year-old race.

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The Winner

Nobody likes picking favourites but it is impossible to look past Dear Demi in this one.

The daughter of Dehere is simply the best horse in the race and was particularly impressive last-start when running second by just half a length to Flying Snitzel in the Group 3 Schweppervescence (1400m).

If the race was slightly longer she may well have run Flying Snitzel down and the mile (1600m) should suit her this weekend when she jumps from a decent barrier four position with boom Kiwi jockey James McDonald in the saddle.

The Placings

Strength and Proverb ran third and fourth respectively in the Schweppervescence and we are expecting them to again produce a good showing this weekend to fill the placings behind the race favourite.

After a slow start to his career, Casino Prince colt Strength produced a much-improved showing for the Schweppervescence third and looked as if he appreciated a little bit of extra distance after previously racing in genuine sprints.

Trained by Peter Snowden, Proverb has signalled plenty of potential in his three starts to date, winning on debut at Wyong before finishing in the top half of the field in his two most recent starts.

The Roughie

David Payne-trained colt Honorius ($12.00) has shown promise in four career starts and may just be poised to step up this weekend with a favourable barrier six draw and experienced jockey Glyn Schofield on board.

With fifth-place efforts in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes and Schweppervescence, with a bit of luck and a good run Honorius definitely has the ability to finish at the front end of the field come business time tomorrow.