A field of possible Spring Cup types faces off in the last at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, and below are the Races.com.au team’s exclusive 2013 Kingston Town Stakes betting tips and selections.
Scheduled as Golden Rose Day Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEST) this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) field of 15 features plenty of talented stayers.
Race favourite paying $3.60 in the latest Kingston Town Stakes odds is 2013 Caulfield Cup hopeful Prince Cheri.
The Lando five-year-old faces their acid test here, the David Vandyke-trained French import on trial for a shot at the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne next month.
“If we’re going to be looking at the Caulfield Cup seriously then he just has to win in this field, down on the limit,” Vandyke said this week according to AAP.
The favourite’s had just five runs in total, two of which were in their native France, making their form for this hard to gauge.
While they’ve shown plenty of promising winning two from three for Vandyke, including their latest at Rosehill on August 31, they haven’t raced beyond a mile and so must make the step up not only in class but distance too.
Vandyke though hopes their will to race and intelligence will see them through.
“He is quite an exceptional horse when it comes to his temperament, on and off the track,” Vandyke said.
“He’s a really intelligent horse. He is switched on and he knows what to do now.”
Their main Kingston Town Stakes dangers are then perceived to be the Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas ($7.50) who is another Caulfield Cup and even Melbourne Cup 2013 hope, their in-form stablemate Less Is More ($8) as well as Tony McEvoy’s Pelicano ($8.50).
So are these three single-figure fancies the ones to lock into your Kingston Town Stakes trifecta bets?
Or is there value to be found further down the markets in a galloper such as the David Payne-trained recent Rosehll winner Honorius ($10), Waller’s half-brother to Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Reliable Man I’m Imposing ($10), the rails-drawn Polish Knight ($15) or Lucripetous ($15) coming off back-to-back Sydney wins over 2600m and 2200m respectively?
#4 Less Is More ($8)
Think the bookies have the trainer right but are tipping Vandyke’s other, better drawn runner Less Is More for an upset in the Kingston. Has gate seven (opposed to Prince Cheri’s 13) and will be ridden by Blake Shinn. Carry 55kg which is only one kilo more than the favourite and only 500 grams more than the weight they carried for a nice win over Ironstein last start in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m). Going for back-to-back at Rosehill which they’ve raced at for their past three straight and the steep up to 2000m is going to suit. Fourth over the distance in the Group 3 Craven Plate last spring to Mourayan and have done little wrong this time in.
#11 Prince Cheri ($3.60)
Like Less Is More, Prince Cheri is looking for the extra distance this 2000m showdown will provide. Good winner over 1500m here two weeks ago where I’m Imposing ran third. Before that first-up third beaten just a long neck by Pretty Pins on the back of a five month break over the Randwick mile. Has improvement and class and definite stayer to watch this season. Winner over 2400m back in France on debut so Caulfield Cup looks ideal and not sure they’ll be would up enough for this just yet.
#12 Lucripetous ($15)
For value cannot go past this in-form Pentire gelding prepared by one of the best in the business – Chris Waller. Comes off consecutive wins at Randwick and then Warwick Farm over 2600m and 2200m. Will the drop back to 2000m get the better of them? It’ll probably be a bit sharp for them to win but don’t think they’ll be far off them on the line. On the improve and looking forward to how they handle the class rise.
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