One of the eight support races on a stellar Coolmore Classic Day race card in Sydney this weekend is the Sky High Stakes 2015, betting odds and tips for the staying showdown detailed below.
A final field of 10 gallopers is set to face off in Rosehill Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon in the $150,000 Group 3 McGrath Estate Agents Sky High Stakes (2000m), the favourite of which is Hartnell.
There are a host of odds-on favourites across the nine-race program at Rosehill this Saturday, including Hartnell who is at $1.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au in the Sky High Stakes odds.
Drawn one off the outside in barrier nine with ace Sydney-based James McDonald riding, the John O’Shea-trained Authorized four-year-old debuted down under on February 28 in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) to run second to fellow import and stablemate Contributer.
On Saturday the five-time winner, who has won up to 3200m, shoots for his first win down under looking very hard to beat dropping right down in class and going up to a more preferable distance against a smaller field.
There is just one other runner under double figures in the Sky High Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with Chris Waller’s Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman at $4.60.
Waller saddles-up five of the 10 runners and his Melbourne Cup third placed Kiwi import Who Shot Thebarman looks a big chance in the 2000m clash second-up after his fast-finishing fifth when beaten just one and a half lengths in the Chipping Norton.
More generous odds are on offer for the rest of the runners with the next best in betting being the Gai Waterhouse-trained four-year-old Pajaro ($11) in the outside barrier, Waller’s The Metropolitan winner Opinion ($15) and Anthony Cummings’ 2013 The BMW winner Fiveandahalfstar ($15).
So should your money be on the red hot shortie in the markets or is there an upset Sky High Stakes result on the cards?
#7 Hartnell ($1.70)
Really hard to see the odds-on fancy getting rolled here. Out wide but time to overcome. Faced a big Group 1 field in his Australian debut and was brave in defeat. Easier company here and extra metres will suit this proven two-miler. Imported and shaping up as a great buy, plus jockey James McDonald is also in form
#2 Who Shot Thebarman ($4.60)
Another horse with winning form up to 3200m who will eat up the 2000m here on the back of a mile run in the Chipping Norton. Third in the Melbourne Cup last year in a stellar effort, the form was recaptured in his opening autumn run when 1.4 lengths away fifth first-up. Will be improving on that and is undefeated over the distance with two previous wins. Also drops a kilo on last run and is in line for a big campaign.
#1 Fiveandahalfstar ($15)
One of the best weight-for-age horses getting around two autumn’s back, this Hotel Grand five-year-old was sidelined with an injury for nearly two years before coming back last month. He has had two unplaced runs since coming back including a Chipping Norton 10th, but if he can start to build on that and recapture his former scintillating Group 1 form is a definite place chance in an open Group 3 field here.
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