It has been another superb Melbourne Cup Week and there is a great day of racing to finish the four-day Flemington extravaganza with five group races set down for decision including two Group I’s, the VRC Sprint Classic and the Mackinnon Stakes.
It’s $5 the field in the Chatham Stakes with the consistent Patrick Payne-trained Widgee Turf at the head of proceedings however he does face a task carrying 58.5kg considering no horses has carried the weight to victory in the race this century.
Godolphin have had a wonderful week and it would be no surprise to see the famous blue colours fight out the finish. Spectroscope looked a half-run short when the closest of thirds at Randwick resuming over 1400m last start.
Will be a fitter conveyance on Saturday and looks set to get all the favours in running launching from an ideal barrier with the $16 available at the time of writing looking exceptional value. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Warranty looks the danger peaking fourth-up in what looks a target race.
The tip: (10) Spectroscope ($15.00)
After placings in the Bart Cummings and Lexus at his last two starts, Jaameh is a deserved favourite in the Queen Elizabeth and looks value at the $4.80 quote. The Lexus form was franked with the winner A Prince Of Arran finishing a gallant third in the big one on Tuesday.
Gallic Chieftain finished just behind Jaameh in the Lexus and looks the danger with Midterm in the Lloyd Williams colours getting his chance to win a race in Australia with the blinkers on for the first time.
The tip: (7) Jaameh ($4.80)
The Mares get their chance for group glory in the Matriarch Stakes. Keen to back Aloisia at the $10 available in early betting markets.
Weights and measure suggest she will have a hard time defeating the early favourite Temple Of Bel who finished in front of Aloisia in the Empire Rose Stakes last Saturday and meets her 4.5kg better at the weights however we are counting on the step up to 2000m being the key factor.
2000m is Alosia’s pet distance and she did finish more than two-lengths in front Temple Of Bel in the Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville when the pair clashed in the Autumn.
The tip: (1) Aloisia ($10.00)
The International horses have dominated the major staying handicaps during the Spring Carnival and they may well dominate the last sprinting Group I of the carnival, the VRC Sprint Classic.
Last year’s winner Redzel is the $4.80 favourite ahead of Pierata and Kementari and all three look strong chances however the value in the race is with the Internationals. Melbourne Cup winning trainer Charlie Appleby has accepted with the Sir Rupert Clarke winner Jungle Cat who struggled at 1600m last start.
A six-time winner over 1200m and a Group I winner over the trip in Dubai earlier in the year, Jungle Cat is expected to bounce back. Aiden O’Brein has four of the eight runners with U S Navy Flag who hasn’t had much luck in his two Australian starts and Fleet Review who endured a wide run in transit in the Manikato the pick of them. Reckon the Internationals can beat the locals.
The tip: (5) Jungle Cat ($11.00)
The three-year-olds, Extra Brut and Mickey Blue Eyes add plenty of interest to the Mackinnon Stakes and both will be competitive however the Godolphin gelding Blair House stands out as the day’s best bet.
This is after finishing fourth in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield resuming two runs back before stretching Benbatl to the limit when a close second in the Caulfield Stakes and of course that galloper franked the form by chasing home Winx in the Cox Plate. Blair House looks set to end what has been a stellar week for the Godolphin blue on a winning note.
The tip: (3) Blair House ($2.20)