AD Hollindale Stakes 2021 Field & Betting Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

May 7, 2021

AD Hollindale Stakes 2021 Field & Betting Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Godolphin’s three-time Group 1 champion Avilius is at firming odds to break a notable winning drought as the favourite in Saturday’s 2021 A.D. Hollindale Stakes field at the Gold Coast.

Avilius Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Avilius is favourite to return to winning form in Saturday’s 2021 AD Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast. Photo: Steve Hart.

The seven-year-old son of Pivotal has not won a race since the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick way back in September of 2019.

Despite it being nearly two years since that turf triumph, the punters are coming for the galloper to return to winning form in Queensland in his first look at the Gold Coast track in the Group 2 $500,000 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) this weekend.

A key early feature leading up to the elite level races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the A.D. Hollindale Stakes field features a capacity line-up of stars.

Avilius is drawn barrier nine with Nash Rawiller to ride and sits top of the current A.D. Hollindale Stakes odds at $4.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

This is a notable drop in grade for the $3.6 million earner who comes off a string of solid Group 1 performances in Sydney over the autumn.

He was third in both the Chipping Norton and George Ryder Stakes under a half-length beaten in each before a last start third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 10.

It shapes-up as a wide-open edition of the traditional Doomben Cup lead-up with a further five runners under $10 for the win including the $6.50 danger Zaaki.

Drawn wide out in gate 14, the Annable Neasham-trained import has just his third Australian start on the weekend and looks on the improve.

In his down under debut, the British-bred six-year-old was far from disgraced when only three lengths back sixth in the Doncaster Mile at 70/1.

Next-up in easier grade over further he was narrowly beaten when runner-up in Randwick’s Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) on April 24 and he looks well-positioned at WFA over 1800m third-up and fitter for the run.

Close third elect at $7 to shrug off her Australian hoodoo is Jamie Richards’ brilliant Kiwi-trained mare Melody Belle.

She’s got a tough assignment from the outside alley on the weekend, the six-year-old daughter of Commands looking to improve on her sixth to Sir Dragonet at Rosehill in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m).

Prior to that she posted her incredible 14th Group 1 victory back home in the Boncrusher Stakes at Ellerslie over 2000m, only one of her previous elite level wins being in Australia (2019, Empire Rose Stakes).

The other best in betting include Lindsay Park’s Fifty Stars ($8), market mover Homesman ($8.50) last seen winning the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington and last start Neville Sellwood Stakes winner Shared Ambition for last year’s winning trainer Chris Waller who is after his fourth win in the event.

Of the value runners in the line-up, the locally-trained Vanna Girl presents as a forgotten roughie hope at $19 for Toby & Trent Edmonds.

She has an excellent home track record of two wins and a second from three runs and recently carried 59kg to victory at Doomben over 1350m.

Last time out the four-year-old daughter of Husson finished a credible mid-field seventh in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and drops in grade off that Sydney lead-up.

“I’ve got no doubt she will run really well, we are going to ride her a little bit steadier as well which suits her best,” co-trainer Trent Edmonds told Racenet this week.

“Every time we rush her up on speed she doesn’t finish off as good, it just takes that sprint away from her.

“We made that mistake the other day in the Group 1, from barrier one we tried to be positive and be just behind them but that dulled her finish.”

Click here for the latest A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 A.D. Hollindale Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8352×72087 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes William Pike 12 59kg 111
2 462605×335 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 9 59kg 111
3 70x173x31x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 16 59kg 110
4 5x1230x40x HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 3 59kg 109
5 0x51068x82 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Luke Dittman 1 59kg 108
6 92527×1201 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Byrne 8 59kg 107
7 x8x3647x62 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 14 59kg 107
8 x645995163 TIPTRONIC (NZ) Graham Richardson & Rogan Norvall Glen Boss 2 59kg 106
9 60113×1916 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 17 57kg 117
10 02900×8791 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Ben Thompson 13 57kg 110
11 58203×6814 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 57kg 108
12 453221114x PARADEE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 15 57kg 106
13 1x90399x17 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 11 57kg 102
14 2112x145x3 TWO ILLICIT (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Vinnie Colgan 6 57kg 101
15e 7x03876x00 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 7 59kg 100
16e x14000x405 THE CANDY MAN Barry Baldwin Baylee Nothdurft 4 59kg 100
17e 15145xL140 FLASH AAH Mitchell Fry 10 59kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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