With Almandin’s win for Lloyd Williams in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday dominating the Australian horse racing seen over the past seven days, you can be forgiven for failing to realise that there is still a huge amount of high class action coming up in the near future, starting with the conclusion of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington this weekend. As well as this, full racing cards from Canterbury, Ascot and Morphetville provide more than enough options for punters who were unsuccessful in their bets for the Melbourne Cup.
The Group 1 double header of the Darley Classic and the Emirates Stakes are without a doubt the two biggest races of the day at Flemington, and with the perfect weather forecasted, as well as a good track, things are perfectly set up for a perfect day of racing action.
EMIRATES STAKES – 2000M – 04.15PM
With the news that the Charlie Appleby-trained Scottish has been withdrawn from proceedings, the Emirates Stakes now has all the potential to be a super betting race. Both Vadamos and The United States have been heavily backed among the bookmakers this week, with the latter the current favourite with best odds of 3.5/1. The Robert Hickmott trained horse was dominant in winning the Crystal Mile before being unlucky not to win at Cantala last weekend, and will once again be difficult to stop at Flemington. Elsewhere, Good Standing comes into the race off the back of winning the Caulfield Classic over the same distance, and could well be in line for another win here given his weight. Finally, despite struggling in the recent Cox Plate against a high-class field including WInx, Hauraki could well be worth backing as an outsider this weekend, with the vast track at Flemington undoubtedly suiting John O’Shea’s horse.
Betting Tips for Emirates Stakes:
Outright – The United States
Each-Way – Good Standing
DARLEY CLASSIC – 1200M – 05.00PM
Having been outstanding in the Gilgai on Turnbull Day, overcoming a quality field to claim victory, The Quarterback is unsurprisingly the bookies favourite for the final race of the day, the Group 1 Darley Classic. Having also won at Newmarket in the Autumn, as well as his excellent form on straight courses, Robbie Griffiths’ horse will be hard to beat. The likes of Spieth, Lankan Rupee and English could all be in the running if The Quarterback falters, however a quality field ensures that the betting is congested, with any number feeling like they can win the $1 million prize fund.
Betting Tips for Darley Classic:
Outright – The Quarterback
Each-Way – Spieth
Saturday racing returns at Canterbury this weekend, with a nine-race strong card providing punters plenty of opportunity to win big. The weather is set to be fine, as well as the track being good.
HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP – 1100M – 06.05PM
Infra Dig produced a superb finish to win at Gosford, before finishing as runner-up at Warwick Farm behind Diddums, and given her form, is understandably the favourite for the Hyland Race Colours Handicap this Saturday. Elsewhere, for those looking for an alternative to Infra Dig, despite eventually missing out on a win, Rose Of Man ran well over 1000m at Randwick recently, and has a good history at Canterbury. Terry Robinson’s horse could well come into her own in the closing stages, with the 12-year-old a notoriously strong finisher. Finally, Allex Chival is fresh off the back of a two-month break, and produces her best form when fresh.
Betting Tips for Hyland Colours Handicap:
Outright – Infra Dig
Each-Way – Rose of Man
Despite these three races at Flemington and Canterbury gaining most of the attention heading into the weekend’s horse racing action, there are a number of other meetings to keep a close eye on. In the penultimate race of the day at Canterbury, My Giuliano and Eschiele look set to battle it out for the $100,000 McGrath Estate Agents Handicap, while races at both Morphetville and Ascot also look interesting for punters. Both October Date and Perfect Reflection look to be hard to beat in the Waroe Lee Steere Stakes and UBET Handicap respectively.