Ashrun Heads 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Field & Betting on Melbourne Cup Hopefuls

October 29, 2020

Ashrun Heads 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Field & Betting on Melbourne Cup Hopefuls

Andreas Wohler’s German raider Ashrun is tipped to secure the 11th hour Melbourne Cup start via a win in Saturday’s 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes at Flemington.

Brimham Rocks Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Brimham Rocks is one of the horses chasing a Melbourne Cup bid in Saturday’s 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A key early feature on the Victoria Derby Day race program, the Group 3 $200,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) is always highly-anticipated as the winner secure a slot in the 24-horse $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup field the following Tuesday.

The final make-up of horses in the iconic two-mile showdown can completely change with the Lexus Stakes results, which will be the case this weekend should the favourite Ashrun salute.

The French-bred Authorized entire currently sits 28th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry and needs to win on the weekend to make the starting line-up in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Currently right on the cusp of a run in 24th spot on the ballot is the Willie Mullins-trained mare from Ireland True Self, with her connections sure to be sweating over the Lexus.

Runner-up in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay over 3000m in France during August, Ashrun debuted in Australia on October 21 in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).

He only managed to run fourth to Steel Prince however, but is tipped to atone second-up sitting top of the Lexus Hotham Stakes odds at $4.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au despite going up to the 61kg top weight in the race.

A further three Melbourne Cup hopefuls are under $10 in the Hotham Stakes betting markets including the Robert Hickmott-trained Schabau ($4.40) who is 39th on the Melbourne Cup ballot following Monday’s third acceptances.

The six-year-old entire has a stellar record at Flemington (6:3-0-1) in easier grade and has come close in his two recent assignments at the track and distance including running fourth to Persan in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2510m) on October 3.

The early Lexus Stakes market mover backed in from $7.50 to $5.50 is the Paul Preusker-trained Admire Robson, the Japanese-bred galloper to be ridden by big race specialist Glen Boss from barrier four.

A seven-year-old son of Deep Impact, Admire Robson has had just a dozen starts for four wins and four further minor placings, and is out to atone for the midfield seventh in The Bart Cummings that has left him 42nd on the Melbourne Cup order of entry.

The other best in betting include the Matt Cumani-trained Future Score ($7) and Sound ($8.50) for Michael Moroney who also both require a win to continue a bid towards the Melbourne Cup in 2020.

Click here for the latest Lexus Hotham Stakes 2020 odds on the last of the Melbourne Cup lead-up races courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1853x5x224 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 2 61kg 105
2 x7691x8382 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 60kg 103
3 x7000x3240 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 11 60kg 103
4 21023×6937 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 59.5kg 102
5 5x532x5226 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 6 59.5kg 102
6 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 7 58kg 99
7 11x1253x61 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 10 58kg 99
8 0352×67807 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 1 57.5kg 98
9 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 3 57kg 97
10 x111x7x334 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott Mark Zahra 9 56.5kg 96
11 1x214x7x67 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Glen Boss 4 56kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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