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The 2017 Sir John Monash Stakes steals the show at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend and red hot favourite looking at the latest odds on the weight-for-age sprint is the Michael Kent-trained Supido.
There are just 10 horses engaged to face off in this season’s $150,000 Group 3 PFD Food Services Monash Stakes (1100m), which runs as Caulfield Race 7 at 3:30pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoon.
Drawn mid-field in barrier five with Luke Nolen booked for the ride is the returning Sebring stallion Supido.
The smart stallion has had just a dozen starts to date, but boasts a 50% winning strike rate and is a brilliant first-up performer.
From six resuming runs he has enjoyed four wins and a second and this weekend Supido is dominating Sir John Monash Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.15 to win fresh again.
He hasn’t raced since a failed 13th of 14 runners behind Russian Revolution in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill back in March.
He’s a proven performer over the distance however and is best known for his brave third when under a length off Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide in March of 2016.
Just two other runners are under double-figures in the latest Sir John Monash Stakes odds with former WA galloper Chocolate Holic ($5) debuting for Darren Weir and the rails-drawn Lord Of The Sky ($5.50) who is also first-up in the race.
So will the best in betting be first past the post or is there an upset Sir John Monash Stakes result pending from the likes of last start Adelaide winner Cashed ($6) or good first-up performer Murt The Flirt ($14) who is undefeated at the distance?
#7 Supido ($2.15)
Hard to knock the firm favourite who is at the prohibitive odds for a reason. He flies fresh (6-4-1-0) and is first-up here. Two-from-three over the distance and is Group 1 placed. Only lightly-raced with a few setbacks keeping his career to just 12 starts to date, but in a small field from a gun gate he’ll get the run of the race in far easier company than he saw all last prep.
#1 Lord Of The Sky ($5.50)
Robbie Laing welcomes back to the stable Danerich stallion Lord Of The Sky who failed to find a spot at stud and so returns to racing for the first time since mid-August last year. He trialled impeccably on July 3 over 760m for a four length win showing he’d lost none of his spark over the time off. Has won over a million in prize money and is a genuine Caulfield specialist (13-6-0-0). Not is best distance, but ran a close fourth first-up in this race only two lengths off the winner Wild Rain last year. Definite danger.
#8 Cashed ($26)
Big odds on offer for visiting Adelaide galloper who could prove the value in the race to place. Noel Callow rides the Ryan Balfour-trained gelding who has plenty of form over this distance (18-4-5-0). Boasts the fitness edge over many of these having won at home over 1050m narrowly on June 24. Weight-for-age and stakes grade are definite tests, but deserving of a chance and can surprise.
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