Forbidden Love Favourite in Big 18-Starter Coolmore Classic 2021 Field

March 11, 2021

Forbidden Love Favourite in Big 18-Starter Coolmore Classic 2021 Field

Richard & Michael Freedman’s progressive filly Forbidden Love, fresh off her Group 1 Surround Stakes win, is tipped to beat home the older mares when she jumps favourite in Coolmore Classic 2021 betting on Saturday.

Forbidden Love (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Surround Stakes winning filly is favourite to beat home the older mares in Saturday’s 2021 Coolmore Classic. Photo: Steve Hart.

The three-year-old daughter of All Too Hard is one of 18 female gallopers in a near-capacity field for this year’s Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

It is shaping-up as one of the most intriguing and open editions of the Coolmore Classic in recent history with only three single-figure hopefuls led by the still well-priced favourite Forbidden Love at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

A winner of five of her 11 starts, the up-and-comer atoned for her $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas ninth at the Gold Coast in January with a three-length romp home at double-figures in Randwick’s Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) on February 27.

She now goes up in distance and faces the mares again after taking them on at Flemington last Derby Day running only a half-length back behind Shout The Bar in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

Regal Cheer (2006) was the last filly to complete the Surround Stakes – Coolmore Classic double, but the money is on Forbidden Love to be the next drawn well in barrier three with Nash Rawiller to ride.

Forbidden Love is out to be the first filly to win the Surround Stakes – Coolmore Classic double since Regal Cheer in 2006

Second elect at current Coolmore Classic odds of $7.50 is Archie Alexander’s last start Group 3 Tressady Stakes winner Chaillot.

Another eye-catcher in the spring’s Empire Rose Stakes when running fourth, this Testa Rossa four-year-old is yet to win over further than 1400m and races in Sydney for the first time.

Still, she’s being kept safe in betting bringing in the strong Melbourne form lines and drops right back in weight from 56kg to just 52.5kg.

Rounding out the single-figure fancies at $9 is the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath drawn ideally in barrier six with Kerrin McEvoy to ride.

Runner-up to Colette in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at this track and distance on a Heavy (9) track last October, this four-year-old daughter of Sacred Falls presents fit third-up on Saturday for the Coolmore.

She comes off back-to-back thirds at Randwick in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m), but does go up in weight from 54kg to 56kg on the weekend.

Tony Gollan’s Guy Walter Stakes winner Krone is up in grade chasing another victory on Saturday from barrier one with Tim Clark aboard.

The in-form Eurozone five-year-old earlier won the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares race this summer so is out to extend her winning streak to three.

She was at blowout odds on the Gold Coast and was also underrated for the Guy Walter making her potential value for the Group 1 at $17 on Saturday despite her 57kg.

The other last-start winners in the mix are: Group 3 Mannerism Stakes winner Rich Hips ($13), the Danny O’Brien-trained Sovereign Award ($21) who took out Flemington’s Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) and comes back from 59kg to 55kg; and the Chris Waller-trained Subpoenaed ($11) who took out the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on February 20.

Click here for the latest Coolmore Classic 2021 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Coolmore Classic Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1133x0x602 MIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 15 58kg 108
2 55x19941x5 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Tom Marquand 2 58kg 108
3 2521×03011 KRONE Tony Gollan Tim Clark 1 57kg 106
4 02x6741x26 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller James McDonald 8 57kg 106
5 43x46160x1 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg 105
6 x242512x33 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 104
7 x221x07x44 REELEM IN RUBY Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 17 55kg 102
8 126111×851 SOVEREIGN AWARD Danny O’Brien Ms Rachel King 18 55kg 102
9 3×13313191 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 3 54.5kg 102
10 x1273181x1 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 9 54.5kg 101
11 213x1174x3 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 7 54kg 100
12 7x15522x22 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Glen Boss 11 54kg 100
13 x415219x36 EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 10 53.5kg 99
14 11x1348x1 CHAILLOT Archie Alexander Declan Bates 13 52.5kg 97
15 74x1114x49 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 16 51kg 95
16 44x33387x4 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees Ms Louise Day (a) 14 51kg 86
17 16370×0340 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Jason Benbow (late alt) 12 51kg 74
18 22x4330x82 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 50kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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