Today at Flemington Racecourse four Group 1 races highlight the Victoria Derby Day action with elite level racing kicking off with the Coolmore Stud Stakes 2014.
A race for season’s best three-year-old sprinters, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) runs as Flemington Race 4 at 1:30pm and features a bumper field of 16 clearly led by Rich Enuff.
Ken Keys’ Written Tycoon colt has been in flying form this prep winning three on the trot, including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes over this track and distance, before a narrow second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
He’s out to atone for that loss as the odds-on favourite in the Guineas, when stepped up over a mile for the first time, and should appreciate then the drop back to 1200m.
It’s a distance he is undefeated over and Ladbrokes.com.au have him as the dominant $3.30 favourite, out from $3.20, to make it three from three over the 1200m.
There are then five other single figure hopes in the latest Coolmore Stud Stakes betting markets with Brazen Beau and Kuro both out from $6 to $6.50.
The Chris Waller-trained I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau has finished out of the money just once from three runs over the 1200m, which have produced two wins, including in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick a month ago.
Brazen Beau is drawn wide in barrier 15 as is equal second elect, the Joe Pride-trained Kuro who has the outside gate 16 draw to overcome.
Despite the gate the bookies are taking no chances on this Denman colt who has won his past four on the trot in Sydney ahead of his Melbourne debut here, his latest effort being over the 1200m on October 18 in a two length Listed win over Time For War.
Occupying the third line of Coolmore Stud Stakes betting at $7 is then the rails-drawn Rubick who Kerrin McEvoy rides.
A lightly-raced son of Encosta De Lago, Rubick has had four starts for three wins with his only loss being a fourth behind the Godolphin-owned Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22.
He had a lengthy let-up after that overcoming a few issues before coming back in brilliant style at Caulfield to beat home Platelet in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield three weeks back.
Rounding out the single figure Coolmore Stud Stakes hopes this year is then Earthquake at a steady $9 who is the best backed filly to beat home the boys.
The John O’Shea-trained daughter of Exceed And Excel has come up trumps with a barrier two draw, James McDonald taking over for McEvoy who jumps off to partner the aforementioned Rubick.
Winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes as a juvenile her latest run was a return to Caulfield where she broke a three-race losing streak winning the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) on October 11 ahead of her first run at Flemington.
The Coolmore Stud Stakes betting market mover meanwhile is Scissor Kick.
Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt has been smashed by the punters at Ladbrokes.com.au in from $16 to $10 to win his first Group 1 after the close second to Hallowed Crown in Sydney’s Golden Rose over 1400m back on September 13.
His last start was also at Rosehill when runner-up to Shooting To Win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), Saturday seeing him drop back to a sprint distance for his first run outside of Sydney.
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