Gai Waterhouse’s smart Sydney raider Rain Drum is tipped to improve on their two good Melbourne runs this spring with a win in Saturday’s Eclipse Stakes 2013 at Caulfield.
The Fastnet Rock six-year-old, winner of the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill back in September, is one of 10 gallopers in the field for the $150,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) this Zipping Classic Day.
Drawn to perfection in gate three with Nash Rawiller to ride the gelding will carry the second top weight of 57.5kg, going up half a kilo from that which they carried for their last start fourth to German import Salon Soldier in the Cup Day Plate (1800m) at Flemington on November 5.
Before that Rain Drum was also a game fourth to Toydini in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day with 59kg on their back.
While they’ve got another decent weight for this weekend the bookies still believe they are the one to beat and have them installed at the top of the Eclipse Stakes odds at a short quote of $2.30.
Three of their rivals are also under double figures in the Eclipse Stakes markets with:
- #1 Mouro ($5) – 59kg topweight of the field, Tony McEvoy’s Grand Slam stallion won their last start on October 27 with a Sale Cup victory over Mutual Trust carrying 58kg, they go up in kilos, class and distance here but are still considered a decent chance with Damien Oliver in the saddle
- #4 Bel Thor ($5.50) – God’s Own gelding prepared by the in-form Wez Hunter, up in class for this not having raced in Group company since their failed effort in the SA Derby back in Mary, but won easily over 2000m at Flemington last Saturday earning their shot here
- #3 Hartani ($9) – Lloyd Williams-owned imported Shirocco grey, makes their Australian race debut here having won three of their six starts back in Ireland last year including the Curragh Cup, haven’t run since September 2012 so there’s no recent form to go on for this
Just outside the top four in betting are then the likes of Leon Corsten’s Felidea ($10) and local Purrealist four-year-old Adjuster ($13) on the rails who, with the right runs, could challenge for the title.
The latest prices on all the Eclipse Stakes runners are detailed below.
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