Undefeated Marabi Heads 2022 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

January 28, 2022

Undefeated Marabi Heads 2022 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s undefeated mare Marabi faces her biggest test to date fresh as the odds-on favourite in Saturday’s 2022 Australia Stakes field at Moonee Valley.

Marabi (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Marabi is odds-on to remain undefeated in Saturday’s Australia Stakes at The Valley. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The five-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible remains lightly-raced with five wins from as many starts ahead of the lucrative Group 2 $350,000 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley.

The field is down to 11 runners with the early scratching of the rails-drawn Forbidden Love (1) who instead takes on star colt Anamoe in Sydney’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) twenty minutes earlier.

Her withdrawal sees Marabi move into barrier three with Ben Allen coming back aboard.

Allen rode the progressive mare to victory in her opening four career starts, including a seven-length romp home at Ballarat in a Benchmark70 two back carting 60.5kg in November.

She raced again on Boxing Day at Caulfield with Jamie Kah in the saddle for Marabi’s first Black-Type triumph over Away Game in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1100m).

At weight-for-age in the Australia Stakes she will carry 56.5kg and is a two-time winner at the track further adding to her advantage.

The last Australia Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au have her at a short $1.85 and firming to remain unbeaten.

The danger occupying the second line of Australia Stakes betting this season is Peter Moody’s early market mover Lightsaber ($9 into $7) also racing first-up.

A consistent Zoustar colt, Lightsaber is out to be just the second three-year-old along with Holler (2016) to win the Australia Stakes since the victory by then filly Black Caviar in 2010.

Lightsaber is out to be just the second three-year-old since 2010 to win the Australia Stakes

He is four-from-nine ahead of his first Moonee Valley assignment and has form around Anamoe having run a credible fourth behind the subsequent Cox Plate runner-up on the back of his Prelude victory.

Currently the other runners at single-figure Australia Stakes odds looking for an upset are Sinawann ($8) now jumping from the inside alley with Craig Williams aboard, the Shane Nichols-trained Streets Of Avalon ($9.50) into gate four for Brett Prebble and the Maddie Raymond-trained Turaath.

Five-year-old Kingman entire Sinawann has his third start in Australia, the Irish import last seen winning Caulfield’s Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m) last November.

It’s been a little longer since Streets Of Avalon – third in the Kevin Heffernan – last won, the now seven-year-old looking to salute for the first time since his Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) victory last February.

Oasis Dream mare Turaath meanwhile is out to build on her good record from last campaign that was headlined by a Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) win over Mystic Journey at Flemington.

She presents fit second-up off a fifth in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) a fortnight back when under two lengths off the winner Halvorsen, but is yet to race at Moonee Valley.

The 2022 Australia Stakes is set to run as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEDT) with the latest markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2022 Australia Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x2875483x STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Brett Prebble 5 58.5kg 108
2 x81910x20x WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 9 58.5kg 106
3 x329x9808x ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6 58.5kg 99
4 401232516x JUST FOLK Josh Julius John Allen 3 58.5kg 100
5 x3888x6064 VAINSTREAM John Pascoe Craig Newitt 12 58.5kg 84
6 32x343x61x SINAWANN (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 108
7 1x336063x0 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jordan Childs 8 58.5kg 94
8 107x47830x FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Mark Zahra 1 56.5kg 102
9 0x321111x5 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 10 56.5kg 102
10 111×11 MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 4 56.5kg 97
11 x932031348 MARIAMIA Shane Stockdale Blaike McDougall 11 56.5kg 71
12 1119x6414x LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Ms Jamie Kah 7 55kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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