With the 2016 Spring Carnival well underway in Australia, this weekend sees some major horse racing action at some of the country’s biggest venues. With the Melbourne Cup on November 1st already on the minds of racing enthusiasts, Flemington gears up for the iconic meeting this week with the 1600m Makybe Diva Stakes, with the Danehill and Let’s Elope Stakes, as well as the Group Two Bobby Lewis Quality over 1200m providing plenty of high quality action for supporters. Elsewhere, Rosenhill will play host to the Group One, $1 million Golden Rose Stakes for 3yo’s over 1400m, as well as the Sheraco, Theo Marks and Kingston Town stakes all at Group level.
Widely regarded as Australia’s premier venue for thoroughbred racing, Flemington hosts some of the nation’s most iconic meetings.
2016 MAKYBE DIVA STAKES (1600 metres) 16.10
Recently upgraded to Group 1 status the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes is a 3-year-old race over 1600m, providing runners with the ideal preparation for both the Underwood Stakes and Melbourne Cup at later dates.
Jockey John Allen will hope to lead Prince of Penzance to victory, and despite performing poorly in the Memsie Stakes last week, when he finished 11th of 12 runners, the seven-year-old is still a good bet for trainer John Allen. Our Ivanhowe, Alpine Eagle and Rising Romance are also in contention this Saturday, all of whom also hold entries for the upcoming Melbourne Cup. For those of you looking to back a potential outsider, Darren Weir trained Tarzino has run some of his best races at Flemington, including a win in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby during last year’s Spring Carnival, and could potentially come into contention this time around. However, the favourite for this feature race is undoubtedly Black Heart Bart, who is the is the early $2.25 favourite in all-in betting ahead of stablemate Palentino who has been a notable firmer to $5.50. Jockey Damien Oliver will be looking to win back-to-back Makybe Diva Stakes titles, having won on Fawkner.
Betting tips for Makbe Diva Stakes:
Black Heart Bart (Win)
DANEHILL STAKES (1200 metres) 14.50
Defcon will head to the 2016 Danehill Stakes this Saturday fresh from a victory in the McNeil Stakes at Caulfield, and the Dwayne Dunn trained horse is the favourite for the win again. Mick Price trained Hardham will also run at Flemington after working well in blinkers this week forced a change of plans, and could well be worth backing for the Danehill Stakes depending on the conditions. Elsewhere, Saracino and Archives look set to apply to most amount of pressure to Defcon at the front of the field.
Betting tips for Danehill Stakes:
Highland Beast (Each-Way)
Rosehill is a premier racing venue in New South Wales, hosting such famous meetings as the world’s richest two-year-old race the Golden Slipper, along with the Golden Rose, Coolmore Stakes and The BMW. This Saturday sees a return to action at the venue, with the Golden Rose and Theo Marks Stakes the most anticipated.
THE 2016 GOLDEN ROSE (1400 metres) 15.10
The 2016 Golden Rose is a Group 1 three-year-old race over 1400m, marking the start of the Spring Carnival in Sydney. With a massive prize-money of $1 million in prize-money, it is the target of many trainers across the country.
Premier trainer Chris Waller has decided to run star filly Omei Sword in Saturday’s race, and in what is her home track, is the current favourite for victory alongside Astern and Divine Prophet. Omei Sword showed an explosive turn of pace in her first win in the Silver Shadow Stakes recently, and having been drawn on the inside lane earlier this week will take some beating. Godolphin’s Astern could well be worth an outside bet.
Betting tips for Golden Rose:
Omei Sword (Win)
Divine Prophet (Each-Way)
THEO MARKS STAKES (1300 metres) 15.50
Trainer Peter Snowdon will be hoping that Tycoon Tara can continue her resurrection of her career in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes on Saturday, having joined Snowdon’s team from Victoria already a Group 3 winner. Her form since then has been questionable however, and is rightly placed behind favourites Southern Legend and Counterattack in the betting odds. Southern Legend was superb last time around, and with weight support and favourable conditions could be impossible to stop.
Betting tips for Theo Marks Stakes:
Southern Legend (Win)
Tycoon Tara (Each-Way)