On Saturday a field full of Spring Champion Stakes 2012 hopefuls will face off at Warwick Farm in the $100,000 Listed Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap (1400m) including five of the top 10 chances in the futures odds for the upcoming Sydney Spring Racing Carnival elite level.
Running as Warwick Farm Race 4 at 2:35pm on Saturday the field for the Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap 2012 is down to 11 after the early scratching of #9 Mount Nebo.
Of the remaining chances the favourite in the Ming Dynasty Quality odds at bookmaker.com.au is Sumarand ($2.80) who is also rated a $13 chance in the futures betting for the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at bookies around the country.
Gai Waterhouse’s More Than Ready colt caught the eye on debut at Hawkesbury on August 9 when running away with a big five length win over 1300m before their last-start fourth to Albrecht in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm on August 25.
Sumarand may be the top elect for this Saturday but two of their Ming Dynasty rivals are shorter in the Spring Champion odds with Toydini and Tatra, who ran two-three in the Up & Coming Stakes, both rated an $11 chance for the Royal Randwick feature to run on Epsom Handicap Day, October 6.
Guy Walter’s Bernardini three-year-old Toydini has won just one of the seven starts so far, a three length effort over 1400m at Randwick’s Kensington track on Anzac Day, but were far from disgraced during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
They ran fourth to Sizzling in two black-type features firstly in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and then in the Group 1 TJ Smith over 1600m.
The Peter Snowden-trained Hussonet colt Tatra meanwhile has also had seven starts to date with their best effort being a third to this year’s Cox Plate favourite Pierro in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the Randwick mile on Sydney Cup Day.
“He is another one who never runs a bad race,” Snowden said of Tatra.
John Sargent’s Kiwi raider Magic Shaft who was last seen running a close second to Choice Bro in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes back in March, and Honorius, who pay $10 and $11 respectively to score an upset on Saturday, are then at a quote of $17 in the latest Spring Champion Stakes betting markets.
Honorius from the Rosehill stables of David Payne resumes in the Ming Dynasty having won their two most recent runs in Sydney, most recently by three lengths over 1800m at Rosehill on May 12.
Drawn nicely in gate four with Nash Rawiller to ride, Honorius is at $11 to win first-up on the weekend, a fair price according to Payne who doesn’t expect them to peak until they get up in distance later this prep.
“Once he gets to 2000 metres, that’s when you’ll see the best of him,” Payne said.
“The Ming Dynasty is not his mission, he’s going for the Gloaming Stakes and the Spring Champion.
“This is a nice race to start him off in.
“He’s a nice staying horse and he’ll be competitive in the longer races.
“The 1400 metres and Warwick Farm are not really suitable but he’ll run well.”
The other top fancy for both races is then Snowden’s Commands colt Limes, a $13 chance for the Ming Dynasty and $21 for 2012 Spring Champion Stakes, who won over 1200m at Gosford first-up on August 26.
The Ming Dynasty Quality could also prove a good form race for punters keeping an eye on the three-year-old staying types heading towards the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in November with two previous Victoria Derby winners having used the race as an early lead-up.
In 2010 the ill-fated Lion Tamer won the Ming Dynasty – Victoria Derby double, while last year’s Victoria Derby champ Sangster ran second to Ambidexter in the Sydney feature before their big Group 1 win at Flemington.
See below for the full 2012 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap field, barriers and odds.
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2012 Ming Dynasty Quality Field, Barriers & Odds
Warwick Farm Race 4 – 2:35pm – 08/09/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating||Odds*|
|1||32212x||MAGIC SHAFT||John Sargent||James McDonald||10||59kg||79||10.00|
|2||3x4336x1||LIMES||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||7||58.5kg||78||13.00|
|3||1x44473x3||TATRA||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||58.5kg||78||5.50|
|4||281344×2||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||1||58.5kg||78||4.40|
|5||44x55711x||HONORIUS||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||4||56kg||73||11.00|
|6||1643x||PROVERB||Peter Snowden||Peter Robl||12||55.5kg||72||26.00|
|7||1655x||ROWIE||Paul Messara||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2||54kg||67||21.00|
|8||14||SUMARAND||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||8||54kg||67||2.80|
|9||12×33||MOUNT NEBO||Allan Denham||(late alt)||11||54kg||65||51.00|
|10||8x837x8||STRENGTH||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||3||54kg||64||51.00|
|11||5x39x31||HAMACHO||T Busuttin & N Young||Brenton Avdulla||5||54kg||62||17.00|
|12||70x76028x9||TROPHIES||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||6||54kg||62||61.00|
*Fixed Win odds quoted from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change