Malaguerra to Defend Title in Darley Classic 2017

August 22, 2017

Malaguerra to Defend Title in Darley Classic 2017

The Gelagotis stable has confirmed plans to set their smart sprinter Malaguerra on a spring campaign that will culminate in a 2017 Darley Classic title defence during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.

Malaguerra will seek to defend his crown in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) this season. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Malaguerra will seek to defend his crown in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) this season. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the son of Magnus enjoyed a devastatingly close win over Spieth (2nd) and Fell Swoop (3rd) down the iconic Flemington straight in the Group 1 $1 million Darley Classic (1200m).

Malaguerra has won just once since, getting home ahead of Black Heart Bart in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in January.

The now six-year-old was last seen finishing a disappointing 16th behind Vega Magic at Morphettville on May 20 in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

Illustrious Lad was also unplaced for Moe-based Peter Gelagotis and co. in The Goodwood running 13th and, like Malaguerra, has come through his subsequent spell well.

“They went to The Goodwood so we had to make sure that they had plenty of time off so they had good spells and they’ve come back big and strong,” stable representative Manny Gelagotis told Racing Victoria this week.

“They’re about to step up to some more serious work now before they make an appearance somewhere in October.

“There are plenty of options for them, obviously you’ve got the Darley Classic, but we might even look at the Winterbottom Stakes again.”

The Darley Classic is set to run on November 11, while Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) headlines the Ascot racing action a fortnight later.

Malaguerra backed-up from his Darley Classic upset last year finishing fifth behind Takedown in the Winterbottom Stakes.

Pre-nomination Darley Classic betting markets at bookmakers around the country have Malaguerra at a quote of $12 to go back-to-back in the sprint feature for the first time since superstar mare Black Caviar (2010-11).

Current Darley Classic 2017 odds, which will firm when early entries close on September 26, are co-led by triple TJ Smith Stakes champion Chautauqua and Spieth.

Lead-up options into the Darley Classic field this season remain open for Illustrious Lad and Malaguerra, the latter having improved on a second to the Bryce Heys-trained Spieth in Caulfield’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) ahead of his Group 1 success last year.

The other best preparatory race having produced three of the past five Darley Classic winners including Buffering (2013), who was the last to do the double, is the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) taking place at The Valley on Cox Plate eve – October 27 – this year.

To get behind your favourite spring sprinters at the hottest online racing odds visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

2023 Railway Stakes Field ...

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest...

Horse Racing Today

Oakleigh Plate 2024 Results: Q...

2024 Randwick Guineas Odds Fir...

2024 Randwick Guineas Odds Firm on Hobartville Winner Celestial Legend

The Les Bridge-trained grey Celestial Legend came with a brilliant late run at...

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Resul...

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Results: Hayasugi Becomes Second Filly in History to Complete Treble

Clinton McDonald’s tenacious filly Hayasugi defied her big price to make...

2024 Peter Young Stakes Result...

2024 Peter Young Stakes Results: Campionessa Beats Melbourne Cup Winners Home

The Queen Of The Turf Stakes in Sydney is calling for Mark Walker’s classy...

2024 Silver Slipper Winner Str...

2024 Silver Slipper Winner Straight Charges Up Golden Slipper Betting Markets

It is off to the coveted Golden Slipper in a month’s time for the Gai...

Race Results

Oakleigh Plate 2024 Results: Queman Wins In Upset Thriller

2024 Randwick Guineas Odds Firm on Hobartville Winner Celestial Legend

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Results: Hayasugi Becomes Second Filly in History to Complete Treble

Mr Brightside Wins Futurity Stakes 2024 Ahead of All-Star Mile, Australian Cup Targets

2024 Peter Young Stakes Results: Campionessa Beats Melbourne Cup Winners Home

Race Previews

2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup Field & Betting Update: Aurora’s Symphony Chases Three-Peat

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips & Best Bets

Tom Kitten Tops 2024 Hobartville Stakes Field & Betting in Sydney

Bodyguard Scratched from Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 Field

2024 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Odds-On Favourite

Fields & Form

2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup Field & Betting Update: Aurora’s Symphony Chases Three-Peat

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips & Best Bets

Tom Kitten Tops 2024 Hobartville Stakes Field & Betting in Sydney

Bodyguard Scratched from Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 Field

2024 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Odds-On Favourite