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A Melbourne Cup ballot exemption is up for grabs at Flemington on Saturday in the 2020 The Bart Cummings where the Chris Waller-trained Shared Ambition is tipped to salute.
Master Sydney horseman Waller withdrew his progressive Born To Sea five-year-old Shared Ambition from the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney on Epsom Day in favour of a run at HQ on the Turnbull Stakes Day card.
Shared Ambition is one of a capacity line-up of stayers chasing the ballot free ride into the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) back at the track on the first Tuesday of November via a win in Saturday’s Group 3 $500,000 The Bart Cummings (2510m).
Won last year by Surprise Baby, The Bart Cummings is shaping-up as a highly competitive staying showdown.
Sitting top of the markets at $4.80 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au, Shared Ambition jumps from a midfield gate with last year’s Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams aboard on 58.5kg.
A winner of six of his 13 starts to date, the imported galloper chases his first victory since a Black-Type at Randwick back in March.
He presents fit third-up this weekend on the back of a second to Taikomochi in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) in Sydney and races in Melbourne for the first time since a Melbourne Cup Day victory last November.
Occupying the second line of The Bart Cummings betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at $5.50 in an open market is the Robert Hickmott-trained Schabau to be ridden by Perth’s premier hoop William Pike.
The German-bred son of Pastorius has an excellent Flemington record with three wins and a third from five previous starts at the iconic track including his victory in last year’s Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m).
This prep Schabau comes off back-to-back thirds, the latest only a length off Lord Belvedere over the same track and distance as The Bart Cummings when carrying two kilos more than his 55kg allocation for this weekend.
In a tight market the other best fancied following closely in The Bart Cummings odds are the Schabau’s last-start conqueror Lord Belvedere ($6) and the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Steel Prince ($6.50) drawn the second outside alley.
Seven-year-old Lord Belvedere is a Flemington specialist undefeated with a flawless four-from-four record at the track ahead of Saturday.
He also has outstanding form at the distance (4:3-1-0) and comes back from 59kg to 57.5kg as he looks for a fourth consecutive win having also gone out a back-to-back winner at Flemington in the winter.
Dour stayer Steel Prince also has a solid Flemington strike-rate (4:2-1-0) and gets back to the track for the first time since crossing only two lengths back ninth to Vow And Declare in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
He is third-up and fit this weekend following an improved third only three-quarters of a length beaten by Orderofthegarter in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 19.
Other notable hopes on the Melbourne Cup path include the rails-drawn Persan ($11) coming off a string of top two runs for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace and the Matthew Cumani-trained Creedence ($12) chasing a third straight victory.
2020 The Bart Cummings Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6x19x17x78||YOUNG RASCAL (FR)||Archie Alexander||John Allen||5||60.5kg||107|
|2||1x3103x092||SHARED AMBITION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||9||58.5kg||103|
|3||386x051x90||HAKY (IRE)||Archie Alexander||Declan Bates||6||58kg||102|
|4||11x4679x03||STEEL PRINCE (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||20||58kg||102|
|5||141x7811x1||LORD BELVEDERE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Melham||2||57.5kg||101|
|6||005x532x52||SOUND (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jamie Kah||3||57.5kg||101|
|7||2x0352x678||CARIF||Peter & Paul Snowden||18||57kg||100|
|8||0218×01611||CREEDENCE||Matt Cumani||Michael Poy (a)||7||56kg||98|
|9||1123×00114||PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||Richard & Michael Freedman||Craig Newitt||13||55.5kg||97|
|10||10x38x3114||IN GOOD HEALTH||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||14||55kg||98|
|11||21x214x7x6||ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN)||Paul Preusker||Brett Prebble||4||55kg||95|
|12||1x111x7x33||SCHABAU (GER)||Robert Hickmott||William Pike||10||55kg||94|
|13||615129×337||DABIYR (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||11||55kg||93|
|14||6x1111x336||GAME KEEPER||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||17||55kg||93|
|15||x312111212||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||1||55kg||93|
|16||652×025245||POLLY GREY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damian Lane||15||55kg||93|
|17e||xF1216x936||SOUTH PACIFIC (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||8||55kg||92|
|18e||2x2113x500||KINANE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||19||55kg||85|
|19e||7712432×06||GOOD IDEA||Phillip Stokes||16||55kg||82|
|20e||1x4143x150||SUPER GIRL||Josh Julius||21||55kg||80|
|21e||x409213919||ROLAND GARROS||Adrian Corboy||12||55kg||72|
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