Flying young colt Happy Galaxy has opened favourite to win Saturday’s 2013 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield taking the impressive record of the rising four-year-old up to six wins from just nine starts.
Prepared in Melbourne by Michael, Wayne and their Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes the Nadeem three-year-old pays $3.20 in the current markets for the $120,000 Listed Polytrack Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
Running as Caulfield Race 6 at 2:58pm (AEST) the field for the Monash is down to 10 hopefuls following the early withdrawal of the Darren Smith-trained Group 1 winner Atomic Force.
Drawn in gate six with Dwayne Dunn to ride, Happy Galaxy runs for the first time since their excellent Group 1 win over Skytrain in the Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 9.
That was their fourth win on the trot and the Hawkes are hoping they can continue their winning streak when they run first-up this weekend.
Hot on Happy Galaxy’s heels in the Monash Stakes betting markets at $3.40 is then the talented Mrs Onassis.
Due to jump from an ideal barrier three draw with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, Gerald Ryan’s General Nediym mare is a Group 1 winner having won the Oakleigh Plate at this track and distance first-up in February.
She was then outclassed in her next two autumn runs in Sydney but is ready to bounce back getting back to Caulfield here.
Mrs Onassis is also short in the markets as she’s got an excellent first-up record with the Oakleigh Plate and before that the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last August.
She also won a Hawkesbury race in November of 2011 by four lengths when resuming that campaign so could be hard to hold out on Saturday.
In an open Sir John Monash Stakes betting market there are then three other single figure fancies with:
- #8 Skytrain ($8) – Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro seven-year-old, was second to Happy Galaxy in the Expressway Stakes back in the summer after which they won the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) in the mud, have had four runs since most recently in the Group 3 WJ Healy at Eagle Farm on seventh to Howmuchdoyouloveme, carried a big weight there and so the WFA conditions here should suit
- #7 Zamorar ($9) – Has the far outside barrier to overcome but class to do so, comes off a nice second at Flemington when beaten only a nose first-up, this Seymour-based four-year-old will take improvement off that and has plenty of form in the stakes races in Melbourne from last winter including their third in last year’s Monash Stakes, Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes second, Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap third and Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes second
- #5 Second Effort ($9.50) – Nice gate four draw with Brad Rawiller in the saddle of Clinton McDonald’s local Lawrence Stakes winner (over Zamorar), early market mover getting some love from the punters after their last start win at Warrnambool, Group 1 performer and Caulfield will be ideal
Other notable hopes at longer odds that have genuine claims to win the Monash then include the David Hayes-trained last start Flemington winner (over Zamorar) Pago Rock ($10) on the rails and coming off a win, veteran eight-year-old Zedi Knight ($11) having career start number 53 and stakes winner Shamardal filly Elite Elle ($13).
See below for the full Sir John Monash Stakes 2013 odds, prices courtesy of our preferred online betting agency bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 Sir John Monash Stakes Odds
Caulfield Race 6 – 2:58pm (AEST) – 13/07/2013
|1||ATOMIC FORCE (10)||–|
|3||ZEDI KNIGHT (5)||11.00|
|5||SECOND EFFORT (4)||9.50|
|6||PAGO ROCK (1)||10.00|
|8||BIG BUDDIE (7)||101.00|
|9||HAPPY GALAXY (6)||3.20|
|10||MRS ONASSIS (3)||3.40|
|11||ELITE ELLE (9)||13.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change