2015 Darley Classic First Acceptances Feature Exosphere

October 20, 2015

2015 Darley Classic First Acceptances Feature Exosphere

John O’Shea’s Golden Slipper winning three-year-old Exosphere is the short-priced favourite and one of the 23 first acceptors for the Darley Classic 2015 at Flemington Racecourse this November.


Exosphere is short-priced favourite in early markets for November’s 2015 Darley Classic at Flemington on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

Run on Emirates Stakes Day, Saturday November 7, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) takes place on the final Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and originally attracted 62 nominations.

That figure is down to just 23 hopeful sprinters with Racing Victoria taking Darley Classic first declarations on Tuesday.

Red hot favourite in the latest all-in Darley Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the Group 1 spring features this season, is Godolphin-raced Lonhro colt Exosphere.

A winner of five of his seven starts to date including three from four over 1200m, Exosphere is yet to race in Melbourne and is best known for his Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) victory after which he won the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) last time out on October 3.

O’Shea is yet to train a Darley Classic winner but Exosphere is at $2.20 for the win in futures betting to become the first three-year-old to take it out since young filly Pharein (1999) beat home the boys.

O’Shea boasts a total of four Darley Classic first acceptances this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with Exosphere joined by stablemates Mogador ($17), Knoydart ($41) and Generalife ($41).

Mogador has finished out of the money just once in five starts, the fellow Lonhro colt last seen crossing second to Keen Array in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 14.

Hot on Exosphere’s heels in Darley Classic betting is the Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua ($3.40) who is also the short-priced favourite to win the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) under the lights at Moonee Valley this Friday night on the back of two Group 2 wins this time in.

Also at single figures for the Darley Classic win in the early markets are fellow Manikato Stakes fancies Srikandi and Terravista at $8.

Ciaron Maher trains Dubawi mare Srikandi who hasn’t raced since completing the Stradbroke Handicap – Tattersall’s Tiara Group 1 Queensland double in the winter.

If she makes it to the Darley Classic filed she will be out to become the fifth mare since 2005 to win and the first since Black Caviar (2010 – 2011).

Joe Pride’s star Sydney sprinter Terravista won last year’s Darley Classic and will be back to defend his title in 2015 and become the first back-to-back winner since the aforementioned turf queen Black Caviar.

Also running in the Manikato Stakes leading up to the Darley Classic is the Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering who completed the same double two years ago and is out to become the first eight-year-old winner of both races in over 30 years this campaign.

Other notable Darley Classic chances still heading towards the showdown including the Robert Smerdon-trained trio of Manikato hopeful Alpha Miss coming off a smart Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) win, Lumosty who won the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on Caulfield Cup Day and multiple Group 1 placegetter Under The Louvre whose last start was a second to Vashka in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).

Sydney’s best trainer Chris Waller also has three Darley Classic chances at this stage of declarations with recent Memsie Stakes winning six-year-old Boban, last start Gilgai Stakes runner-up at Flemington Delectation and Choisir three-year-old Japonsime whose last start was a third to Exosphere in the Roman Consul Stakes.

The 2015 Darley Classic final field is released on Wednesday November 4 so before then make sure you lock in the juicy early odds on offer at the country’s premier bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au!

2015 Darley Classic First Declarations

Flemington Racecourse – 07/11/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 333x1746x1 BUFFERING G 8 Robert Heathcote 1 58.5kg
2 x970x12x14 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg
3 12x1213x11 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 58.5kg
4 113x18611x SRIKANDI M 5 Ciaron Maher 4 56.5kg
5 1151x330x1 TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride 5 58.5kg
6 3347x60x12 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli 6 58.5kg
7 7x112x80x5 TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride 7 58.5kg
8 3x2301x261 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody 8 58.5kg
9 7x110x111 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea 9 53.5kg
10 324x1533x6 GENERALIFE G 6 John O’Shea 10 58.5kg
11 740x2497x3 BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 11 56.5kg
12 x207139x62 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller 12 58.5kg
13 0x464240x3 KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea 13 58.5kg
14 1x221x3223 BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride 14 58.5kg
15 x11127x260 RICH ENUFF H 4 Ken Keys 15 58.5kg
16 x3041x2115 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 16 58.5kg
17 4130x424x1 ALPHA MISS M 4 Robert Smerdon 17 56.5kg
18 816x1103x1 LUMOSTY M 4 Robert Smerdon 18 56.5kg
19 2x355x1133 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli 19 53.5kg
20 x2123x5232 UNDER THE LOUVRE H 5 Robert Smerdon 20 58.5kg
21 325×111143 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller 21 53.5kg
22 24x1x12 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea 22 53.5kg
23 x00x0x0098 WE’RE GONNA ROCK G 9 Tony Romeo 23 58.5kg

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