HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 Results: Immortal Love Wins on Way to Caulfield Guineas

August 29, 2020

HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 Results: Immortal Love Wins on Way to Caulfield Guineas

The undefeated Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Immortal Love has returned a first-up winner at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes Day kicking off his Caulfield Guineas 2020 campaign with a win in the Group 3 $160,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).

Tagaloa Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) - Races.com.au

Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa (pictured) had to settle for third behind Immortal Love in the 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes first-up. Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Snitzel gelding went out a back-to-back winner in easier company over the winter and was impressive first-up in a three-way photo thriller defeating the Danny O’Brien-trained Flying Award (2nd) and returning Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa (34d) in the HDF McNeil Stakes 2020.

Ridden to victory by Craig Newitt who made it three-from-three on the progressive youngster, Immortal Love retained his undefeated status ahead of his shot at the Group 1 $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.

“He did a great job,” Price said.

“And you can add about three lengths to his form if he does get a wet track.

“He’s a gelding. He’s uncomplicated. Fantastic.”

Co-trainer Mick Price confirmed next-up plans for Immortal Love who will now head towards the Listed $140,000 Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington September 12 and then into the Group 3 $250,000 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) a fortnight after that.

“He’ll go to the Exford in two weeks, then the Guineas Prelude and then the Caulfield Guineas,” he said.

“Remember his second start at Flemington, he was quite dominant there on a wet track so if they’re lucky enough to get a wet track for him, as I said, you can add about three lengths.”

Hard Landing led them around in the HDF McNeil Stakes with the favourite Tagaloa settled third then second throughout.

On the home straight Extra Time moved up to make it a line of three at the 250m before Newitt came flying down the outside on Immortal Love.

Extra Time and Tagaloa went stride from stride over the final furlong before the challenges from the back came inside the last 50m to turn it into a three-way photo thriller.

Right on the line, Immortal Love just got over the top of Flying Award in a diving finish, while Tagaloa was brave holding for third with the big weight.

Beaten favourite in the HDF McNeil, Tagaloa also heads towards the Caulfield Guineas a hopeful stepping-stone into the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight later.

Last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Super Seth (2019) won the HDF McNeil Stakes before claiming the scalp of brilliant Queenslander Alligator Blood three runs later in the Caulfield Guineas.

All-in Caulfield Guineas odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au on Immortal Love are at $21 following the HDF McNeil Stakes results with Tagaloa retaining $8 favouritism.

Click here for the latest 2020 Caulfield Guineas betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 IMMORTAL LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4 57kg $9.50
2 7 FLYING AWARD Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.1L 6 58kg $10
3 1 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 0.2L 8 59.5kg $3.40F
4 4 EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 0.4L 12 58.5kg $31
5 11 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 0.8L 10 57kg $17
6 9 CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 1L 2 57kg $8.50
7 8 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 3.5L 7 57kg $18
8 6 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3.8L 3 58kg $15
9 14 NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 4L 13 57kg $14
10 2 HARD LANDING Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 4.75L 11 58.5kg $31
11 13 THE LAST CHARGESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Kevin Corstens Beau Mertens 4.85L 9 57kg $101
12 16 LOCA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane 5.85L 1 57kg $51
13 5 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Rodd 6.05L 5 58kg $51
14 3 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 7.05L 14 58.5kg $6.50
15 15 BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7.35L 15 57kg $31
12 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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