First tips for the HRV Oaks, Champions Stakes, Champions Sprint, Champions Mile and Five Diamonds
The News Corp Racing and Sports Wagering team has assembled a panel of experts to bring you, the public, the start of racing in Melbourne and Sydney this spring.
The five-mas panel offered their first thoughts on all the Group 1 races and other feature competitions over the spring, leading up to the end of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
In this week’s edition, the last of 10 weeks, we’ll be tipping on HRV Oaks, Champions Stakes, Champions Sprint, Champions Mile and Five Diamonds.
The prices shown are from TAB.com.au and are what was on offer at the time of this story’s publication.
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Here are the experts’ upcoming tips for the HRV Oaks, Champions Stakes, Champions Sprint, Champions Mile and Five Diamonds.
HRV Oaks (2500m) to Flemington November 3
OVER TIME ($26)– I have a little time for this filly. Had no luck in the Edward Manifold but continued to find the line. A daughter of Deep Impact, I’m interested in seeing her run over 2000m but I’m optimistic she could remain a three year old spring filly.
So Dazzling ($6) – So Dazzling, trained by John Sargent, caught the eye on his debut, coming home for fifth place over 1400m at Warwick Farm. She then climbed 1800m at Flemington and was an impressive winner under test conditions. She looks like a true stayer, and you have to think she’ll only improve to third and fourth with the extra fitness and experience.
So dazzling. Photo: Brett Holburt/Getty Images.
RENAISSANCE WOMAN ($4.50)– I thought she was very strong winning at Caulfield on Saturday and it looks like she’s going to swallow the 2500m. Has Bjorn Baker polish.
RENAISSANCE WOMAN ($4.50) – She only has a first victory at Scone in five starts, but she shows considerable potential for perseverance. The Bjorn Baker-trained filly is by Reliable Man and will come into its own once she reaches 2000+ years of age. She is an improving filly and will remain strongly in the Oaks’ journey.
JENNY JEROME ($15) – She confirmed her potential by returning home for second place at Sandown recently. Patrick Payne conducted it in his usual conservative, high-purple style. By Galileo’s son, Churchill, of a half-sister to Champion Stayer Tie The Knot.
Jenny Jerome. Photo: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images.
Champion Stakes (2000m) at Flemington November 5
THE CREE ($15) – She’s a beauty, just like Probabeel, Melody Belle, Rising Romance and Silent Achiever. Disappointed she didn’t cross the ditch earlier this spring, but watch out when she gets here and if she runs here she’ll be up to it.
THE CREE ($15) – Star Kiwi mare La Crique – a brilliant winner from the last Group 1 start at Matamata – is set to contest the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day. If she runs well there and stops well, there’s every chance she’ll back off in that event a week later (think Melody Belle).
I AM LOVED AT LOVE ($6) – He likes Flemington and if he backs off after the Cox Plate, he’ll be hard to beat. We know he can run the 2000m now.
I am thunderstruck. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.
ANAMOE ($2.30) – The Godolphin superstar became the dominant weight-for-age horse in the country this spring. He has been magnificent winning the Winx Stakes, George Main Stakes and Might And Power Stakes at Group 1 level in all three of his starts this campaign. If Godolphin trainer James Cummings extends Anamoe’s preparation to include the Champion Stakes on the final day of Cup Carnival, the four-year-old champion will enjoy the 2000m at Flemington.
Anamoe. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.
ANAMOE ($2.30) – He asserted his class to win the Caulfield’s Might And Power Stakes (2000m) over what now appears to be his optimum distance. The Godolphin team just flew this spring, so what’s not to love?
thousand champion (1600m) to Flemington November 5
INDEX LAWS ($11)– He is doing as well as he can after his performance in the Toorak Handicap. He just needs a dry runway and a barrier to be on the finish, he flies.
Laws of indices. Photo: George Sal/Getty Images.
VISINARI ($15) – Banking on some attrition here, with most horses at the top of the market likely to challenge the Cox Plate. Visinari could be the right horse at the right time, having only had one comeback after a break. His form around Tuvalu reads very well and he may have been a bit underestimated when he scored disappointingly first.
CASCADIAN ($6) – This guy is flying this prep and James Cummings said it was his grand finale. It’s good enough for me.
Cascadian. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.
I AM LOVED AT LOVE ($4.50) – He’s aiming for the Cox Plate but then has two weeks to cool off and come back down to 1600m for the Champions Mile. He’s such a versatile and authentic galloper that he could go down the Mile again which in my opinion is his best distance, although connections have the option of staying at 2000m for the Champions Stakes on the same day.
TUVALU ($9) – A big guy able to run throughout the carnival thanks to the clever Lindsey Smith. He just kept running in the Toorak Handicap and he’s going to hit the front again and give a huge view on this 1600m trip.
Sprint Champion (1200m) to Flemington November 5
ELEVEN ELEVEN ($26)– He’s not in the early markets, but the team is considering heading south for the Manikato and with a $6m bonus on offer in Sydney for sprinters, that might be an easier target than it has not been in recent years. My gut tells me this son of Fastnet Rock will go great like his dad did on the straight, it’s worth it.
Eleven Eleven. Photo: Pat Scala/Getty Images.
NATURE BAND ($1.90) – It’s boring to tip a side pop, but if he wins Everest – as many expect – how are they going to turn it around? He won this event by three lengths plus twice and ran into a wild bivouac on just one occasion.
PRIVATE EYE ($6) – This guy flies and almost won Everest on Saturday. Has been dominant on both straight points and can win that.
Private detective. Photo: George Sal/Getty Images.
NATURE BAND ($1.90) – The sprint champion is dynamic on the Flemington straight and has won this race twice in the last three years. It is highly likely that Nature Strip will return to Flemington to complete their spring campaign and if they do then they are clearly the one to beat in the Champions Sprint.
NATURE BAND ($1.90) – Tomato sauce odds look a bit lower at early gates, but try to dig up an early threat on the 1200m straight. He flies the Flemington course and all things being equal, he should get the silver.
five diamonds (1800m) at Rosehill November 5
QUALITY TIME ($15)– This lightly run import is progressing in the right direction, this preparation having won its last three, all by dominant spaces. It handles all types of surfaces which is a plus in Sydney at the moment as summer approaches.
AYRTON ($8) – The composition of the field is a real mystery, but it seems to be the race Price and Kent are planning with Ayrton this spring. He hasn’t really proven himself beyond 1600m yet but he beat Ellsberg on a dry track for more than a mile. He needs the rain to stay away.
Ayrton. Photo: Brett Holburt/Getty Images.
ELLSBERG ($3.50) – Winner of Epsom who was again dominant on Saturday. What will beat him?
Ellsberg. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.
AYRTON ($8) – He ran well to beat everything but I want to win in the Testa Rossa stakes resumption and he is ready for a good spring campaign. This talented five-year-old has won six of his 11 starts and has always promised to win a big race. Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent (Jnr) are invariably successful when targeting a feature in Sydney.
LORD ARDMORE ($21) – He is effective on any type of course and has refreshed himself after his fourth Wyong Cup (as a favorite). Appears perfectly prepared for this 1800m contest and why not, it’s worth 2 million dollars in Rosehill, his home base.