Sunday at the Sunshine Coast sees the postponed...
Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth makes his return to racing this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse heading a small but class field of three-year-olds in the Manfred Stakes 2020.
Due to run as Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDT), this season’s Group 3 $160,000 Neds Manfred Stakes (1200m) has attracted just seven final acceptors.
A key lead-up to the upcoming Group 1s over the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, it is shaping up as an intriguing edition of the set weights plus penalties clash.
First-up from the inside barrier is the Anthony Freedman-trained Dundeel colt Super Seth who is a genuine Caulfield track specialist.
A winner of four of his overall seven career starts, the galloper is three from four at the course and was last seen defeating subsequent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas champion Alligator Blood home in the Group 1 $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October.
Super Seth is undefeated first-up with two previous runs fresh and is also three from four over the 1200m distance of the Manfred Stakes.
Despite ticking many boxes, the returning Guineas winner is at a generous $4.40 in the latest Manfred Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au due to carrying the 59.5kg topweight.
Super Seth is the current $8 third elect in futures markets for the Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 29, a likely target for the best Manfred Stakes performers this weekend.
Sitting top of the Manfred Stakes odds at $2.50 and firming is the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained market mover Dalasan in barrier three.
Jockey Craig Williams partners the ultra-consistent Dalakhani colt who has finished out of the top two just once in his eight-start career to date.
“He’s a serious horse,” Williams said.
“Leon’s happy with him, he obviously is if he’s coming over and he’s a serious horse.
“I’m delighted to get the ride.”
A five-time winner, the classy chestnut is undefeated over the distance including his Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) win down the straight at Flemington last September.
He finished fifth beaten 3.6 lengths by Super Seth in the Caulfield Guineas later that prep but has another spring run over the Melbourne Cup Carnival to win the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
Despite being yet to win at Caulfield, Dalasan is tipped to turn the tables on Super Seth as he meets him a kilo better in the weights.
“He’s ready to go. He goes well fresh and I think he’s going to be very hard to beat,” co-trainer Macdonald told The Herald Sun this week
“He’s going to be running into some very good three-year-olds in the weeks to come but I think he’ll acquit himself well.
“He’s got the right form. He’s a very genuine horse.”
The other main dangers are the lightly-raced Team Hawkes-trained Snitzel colt Spend ($4.40) having career start number two and the returning Anthony Freedman-trained Groundswell ($5.50).
Groundswell broke his maiden status first-up at Geelong last September before running third three times on the trot including behind Super Seth in the Caulfield Guineas and Dalasan in the Carbine Club Stakes.
2020 Manfred Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||113x1651x||SUPER SETH||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||1||59.5kg||108|
|2||112x11251x||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||3||58.5kg||97|
|3||4x1333x||GROUNDSWELL||Anthony Freedman||Luke Currie||7||57kg||82|
|4||1130x||FREE OF DEBT||Chris Bieg||Jye McNeil||4||57kg||78|
|5||236x53x214||ALBURQ||Michael Moroney||Michael Dee||5||57kg||73|
|6||1x||SPEND||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||57kg||68|
|7||3x1390x||EXPRESS PASS||Nick Ryan||Billy Egan||2||57kg||70|
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