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An early Group feature on a bumper nine-race Zipping Classic Day program at Sandown Racecourse on the weekend, tips for Saturday’s Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2015 are found below.
Due to run as Sandown Race 3 at 2:10pm (AEST) this year’s weight-for-age $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) features 11 runners with betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Under The Louvre.
Also the market mover backed in from $3.60 to $3, the Robert Smerdon-trained Excellent Art stallion comes off a string of solid runs this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including a third when just a long-neck off the winner Stratum Star in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in late September.
A second in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day was followed by his mid-field finish last time out when sixth behind Éclair Choice in the Group 2 tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day.
Under The Louvre was beaten only two lengths that day and is tipped to improve here despite going up to 59kg (from 57kg) with the extra 100m to suit.
The next best fancied in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes odds are the John O’Shea-trained multiple Group 1 placegetter last prep Generalife ($3.50), returning The Goodwood champ Smokin’ Joey ($6) and Famous Seamus ($8.50) who is on the improve and looking for the best run of his campaign.
So what wins this year’s Kevin Heffernan Stakes, the favourite or a roughie shot in an upset with the likes of Bring Me The Maid ($13) and Java ($14) not without their claims?
#2 Famous Seamus ($8.50)
Noel Mayfield-Smith’s 2014 BTC Cup winner hasn’t won a race in over 12 months but if he runs his best the seven-year-old is more than capable of defeating this field. Last start he ran sixth to Disposition on Derby Day in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) that he can improve on here. Has winning form (7-3-0-0) over the distance and is drawn to get the box seat in barrier three with Kerrin McEvoy taking over for Kathy O’Hara in the saddle. Good value with genuine claims.
#4 Under The Louvre ($2.90)
Deserving favourite and has the best sectional times of any of these. He is going to be right up there in the closing stages looking for his first win since late March. He was third in the Group 1 The Goodwood during the winter and third again in this campaign’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, with the step back up from 1200m last start for a close sixth to 1300m helping him close the gap.
#9 Galaxy Pegasus ($17)
Think this consistent War Pass four-year-old from the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig stables is over the odds, even though it is the stallion’s first look at the track and distance. Was third over 1200m at Moonee Valley last time out and this is a class rise, which he hasn’t handled previously. But the run last time out was solid and third-up should be improving from a nice barrier two draw with Michael Walker retaining the ride.
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