Action from Ascot, Eagle Farm and Moonee Valley, among others, are the most anticipated in the Australian horse racing calendar from this weekend, with the Recognition Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes perhaps the most exciting for punters. While meetings in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne dominate the weekend’s action, further race schedules at Morphetville, Rosehill and Wellington also help to provide fans with more than enough opportunities to win big on some of the biggest horse racing events from down under.
MUMM CHAMPAGNE-CRYSTAL SLIPPER STAKES – 1100M – 02.55PM
Having performed superbly to claim a win on debut, the Daniel Pearce trained Keeper Keen will be hard to beat once again at Ascot, with the two-year-old only set to get better and better. However, a whole host of young horses could well provide ample competition, with Cool Intrigue for Paul Jordan another potential frontrunner. Despite being one of the lower weights for the Crystal Slipper Stakes, and having stuttered to a debut win last time around, the going at Ascot could well suit the youngster. Meanwhile, the likes of Okina Kuri and Soundcheck only add to a quality, if not inexperience field.
Betting tips for Mumm Champagne Crystal Slipper Stakes:
Outright – Keeper Keen
Each-way – Soundcheck
CROWN PERTH-WINTERBOTTOM STAKES – 1200M – 05.00PM
The $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday is undoubtedly set to be the highlight for many this weekend, with Joseph Pride’s Terravista currently heading the betting among the bookmakers. Having returned with a second place finish behind Redzel in the Mumm Stakes at Flemington recently, the seven-year-old, who will be ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman in Perth, will certainly be hard to beat. However, with Malaguerra having been sent to Perth following a second victory at elite level in the Darley Classic at Flemington, the Peter Gelagotis trained five-year-old is virtually level with Terravista in the betting odds. Elsewhere, Keen Array, Sheidel and Takedown could all cause an upset on their day, while State Solicitor is among seven local hopefuls aiming for a seventh consecutive victory in the famous race.
Betting tips for Winterbottom Stakes:
Outright – Terravista
Each-way – State Solicitor
COLIN McALPINE AM MEMORIAL CLASSIC – 1200M – 03.58PM
Having ran admirably when resuming in Group 3 company at Flemington recently, Private Secretary is the overwhelming favourite at Eagle Farm on Saturday, with the seven-year-old also having placed three times in her past seven outings. Although big money has been placed on Private Secretary, with the wide track at Eagle Farm only helping the Gregory Hickman trained horses chances, there are some other candidates who could potentially cause an upset. Butterboom has performed well in trials of late, and as a result of coming into the race fresh, could be among the frontrunners on her day. Meanwhile, Beatniks performed well during the winter carnival, and alongside Elegant Composure could go close here. Chris Anderson’s five-year-old did well at Group 2 level recently, and should be at the front on Saturday.
Betting tips for Colin McAlpine Memorial Classic:
Outright – Private Secretary
Each-way – Butterboom
Montmorency FC HANDICAP – 1000M – 05.10PM
In what could well be one of the races of the weekend in Australia thanks to the amount of quality in the field, Stellar Collision currently heads the betting, with Darren Weir’s seven-year-old potentially having too much for the rest of the field if he can perform to his full potential. Elsewhere, Beau Rada could go well given his past experiences at Moonee Valley and the fact that the John McArdle horse is well suited to lightning quick races, with best odds of 15/1 favourable for punters. Meanwhile, Rock ‘N’ Gold is another specialist in Melbourne, and with a little fortune could put the favourites under pressure.
Finally, a quality day’s racing at Rosehill is certain to provide plenty of action both on and off the track, with the Roadwork Solutions Handicap and Thoroughbred Breeders NSW Handicap just two of the meetings to look forward to. Both Interstellar and Bonny O’Reilly are the standout horses in the eighth race of the day at Rosehill, while Asinara and Unbiased are worth keeping an eye on in the NSW handicap.