The mares-only feature of Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse this weekend is the 2013 Myer Classic – betting tips and exotic selections from the expert tipsters at Races.com.au detailed below.
Scheduled to run as Flemington Race 7, the same as the iconic Melbourne Cup will on Tuesday, the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) features a 14-horse field that will face off at 3:45pm (AEST) on Saturday.
Heading the Myer Classic betting markets at $2.60 is the Chris Waller-trained Tattersall’s Tiara winner Red Tracer.
She’s drawn in the same gate her star three-year-old stablemate Zoustar has for the Coolmore Stud Stakes earlier in the day, the Dane Shadow are to jump from barrier 10 with her regular rider Nash Rawiller staying on.
While Red Tracer is a Group 1 winner, and has lovely lead-up form most recently winning the Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield, there are a few hoodoos for her to overcome to salute for the punters again in the Myer Classic.
Out for an upset Myer Classic 2013 result are then two other single-figure chances in the markets with Rob Heatcote’s Fire Up Fifi ($7) and the in-form Sharnee Rose ($9) who comes off a win in the Angst Stakes at Randwick.
Last year’s Myer Classic was won by a 40-1 outsider, Appearance, who went on to win two more Group 1 races in Sydney during the autumn.
That means the double-figure chances are definitely in with some kind of chance here including Waller’s other runner Catkins ($11), early market mover Bonaria ($19) and the horse that beat her home in the Ladies Vase over the Caulfield mile on Thousand Guineas Day last start Zonza ($14).
So should you stick with the favourites? Or tip another upset?
#3 Catkins ($11)
We are tipping a repeat from 12 months ago and backing the lesser-fancied stablemate to the favourite to win, in this case Catkins. The Dubawi four-year-old has already won eight from 16, including two Melbourne races this time in. The How Now was hers for the taking, with 58kg, in September and then she improved on a third to Fire Up Fifi in the Rose Of Kingston Stakes to take out the Group 3 Tesio Stakes over the Moonee Valley mile last Saturday. On the short back-up but Waller is striking while the iron is hot and while she’s up in class with an awkward gate (11) we think she’ll get the luck and take it out.
#9 Ava’s Delight ($21)
Adds awesome value to the Myer Classic quinella if our predictions prove true, the Darren Weir-trained Artie Schiller mare coming off a third in the Tristarc behind Red Tracer. She was $41 that day and is still a generous price considering she’s only finished out of the money once (fifth to Atlantic Jewel in the Stocks Stakes) in her past five runs. She has to handle set weights here, but she’s beaten some decent rivals before and is surely in the finish with some luck.
#4 Sharnee Rose ($9)
Kris Lees’ daughter of Nadeem is after her third on the trot, beat Red Tracer in the Golden Pendant too back, and while the trainer isn’t confident we think she’s capable of doing it again from her lovely barrier five draw here. Backed up from that run to win again in the Angst Stakes, so has the form over the mile, just needs to handle Flemington and that long straight. She’s formerly trained in Victoria though so has that experience, and is in career best form.
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