Doncaster Mile Hopes Head 2018 Ajax Stakes Field & Odds

March 14, 2018

Doncaster Mile Hopes Head 2018 Ajax Stakes Field & Odds

This weekend on Coolmore Classic Day at Rosehill Gardens a field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will take to the track in the Ajax Stakes 2018 field.

Comin' Through

Comin’ Through is one of five in the race for Chris Waller and leads 2018 Ajax Stakes betting for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Due to run as Rosehill Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEDT), this year’s Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) attracted 10 runners including five from the stables of Chris Waller.

Waller saddles-up half the Ajax Stakes field and his contingent is led by the early favourite at, Comin’ Through ($3.90) drawn a treat in gate two.

The in-form Michael Walker who won the Australian Cup and Adelaide Cup on Saturday and Monday respectively for the Lindsay Park stable is aboard Waller’s four-year-old son of Fastnet Rock second-up on Saturday.

Walker rode the gelding for his unplaced run in last October’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), and was also aboard for back-to-back wins earlier that season on the bay.

Comin’ Through resumed on February 17 at Randwick running a close third only a quarter-length off his stablemate Endless Drama in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and has been freshened-up since.

All going well and the horse will be racing at Randwick on April 7 in the Group 1 $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) with the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Mile double last completed by It’s Somewhat (2017) last autumn.

Futures Doncaster Mile betting on the first acceptances list Comin’ Through as a $51 roughie, a price sure to firm with an Ajax Stakes win on the weekend.

Following in the Ajax Stakes betting markets at $4.80 is the fellow Waller-trained Tom Melbourne in gate four with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

A perennial runner-up, the Dylan Thomas seven-year-old races for the first time since his failed 11th over in Perth’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back in December.

Prior to that he ran third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at the same track and second to Waller’s mare Shillelagh in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) on VRC Derby Day.

Tom Melbourne has a good record fresh (6:2-2-0) and has trialled twice ahead of his return where he is out to break a lengthy winning drought going back to March of 2016.

Waller’s Ajax Stakes runners are rounded out by McCreery ($21) in the outside barrier, flying Mossman four-year-old Cellarman ($10) chasing a fourth win on the trot and the returning Life Less Ordinary ($11).

The other best in betting meanwhile are Prized Icon ($5) and the early market mover Arbeitsam ($7) for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Prized Icon is the shortest-priced of the Ajax Stakes runners in all-in Doncaster Mile betting paying $26 to win the Group 1 next month.

Prepared by Newcastle’s Kris Lees, the dual Group 1 winning More Than Ready entire has been in top form this autumn including his last start second behind glamour mare Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

Check out the full Ajax Stakes 2018 field and betting markets courtesy of below.

2018 Ajax Stakes Field & Odds

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