Tony McEvoy’s in-form colt Alpine Eagle has opened clear favourite in the Autumn Classic 2015 odds for this weekend’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day clash at Caulfield Racecourse.
Running as race four at 3:15pm (AEDT), this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Race-Tech Australia Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m) features a field of 13 three-year-olds.
Five of those are under double figures in the latest Autumn Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au including the top fancy Alpine Eagle at a firming $2.40.
Drawn nicely in barrier six with jockey Damien Oliver to ride, the ultra-consistent son of High Chaparral has won three of his four starts to date.
His only loss was on a Heavy (8) at Hawkesbury last August when third in the mud.
Since then he’s come back this summer for successive wins at home in South Australia on Good (3) tracks, firstly over 1400m at the Parks and then on February 14 over the mile at Morphettville.
Saturday is Alpine Eagle’s first black-type assignment, but the bookmakers are taking no chances with the promising up-and-comer.
The four other single figure hopes are then:
- #1 Moonovermanhattan ($7) – Mick Price-trained grey won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day during the spring before a disappointing 12th in the Victoria Derby. Ran a luckless first-up 11th to Java in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) on Australia Day but improved a fortnight ago at Caulfield, where he’s yet to run top three, to finish under three lengths away fourth to San Nicasio in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m). Same track, more distance, should be improving.
- #3 Firehouse Rock ($7.50) – Wide gate 11 draw for this Lindsay Park runner, the Fastnet Rock colt having time to overcome the barrier. Has had just the one run from eight starts but it was over 1700m at this track so form is good. Will be three runs in on Saturday after a first-up fifth at Flemington late last month and then his brave third in the Autumn Stakes last time out. Nicholas Hall stays on.
- #4 Hong Kong Captain ($7.50) – Fellow David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Host gelding has had just the four starts so far but is showing lots of potential with two wins and a third already on the record. The latest win was over 1500m at Moonee Valley defeating Profit Share from barrier 13 of 14. Had the inside alley in the Autumn Stakes for his black type debut and was a brave fifth with improvement expected as he goes out further than 1500m for the first time here from barrier 10 with Michael Walker riding.
- #10 Minnesinger ($9) – In-form Lonhro colt has had two wins from four starts. Latest was over the mile at Sandown-Lakeside on February 4. Hasn’t seen stakes company yet so that’s the test here. Distance should suit as laps up the ground every time he’s stepped out over more. Has promise.
Outside those under $10 in the markets there are some longer priced chances with claims including the Mark Riley-trained Lucky Paddy ($15) and the lightly raced Peter Moody-trained Redoute’s Choice filly Betsy ($16).
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