2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Race 5: 2.25pm (AEST)
1200 meters, 3yo
14X11 1. WRITTEN BY (6) J: JORDAN CHILDS, W: 57 KGS, 4.20
22X42 2. ZOUSAIN (4), J: JAMES MCDONALD, W: 57 KGS, 4.20
X8512 3. ENCRYPTION (10), J: CRAIG WILLIAMS, W: 57 KGS, 8.50
10X15 4. LEAN MEAN MACHINE (3), J: HUGH BOWMAN, W: 57 KGS, 12.00
9X283 5. LONG LEAF (8), J: MARK ZAHRA, W: 57 KGS, 26.00
154X1 6. SESAR (5), J: KERRIN MCEVOY, W: 57 KGS, 8.00
81X80 7. PAQUIRRI (2), J: MICHAEL WALKER, W: 57 KGS, 126.00
2X11 8. DIPLOMATICO (9), J: BRENTON AVDULLA, W: 57 KGS, 8.00
14267 9. THORONDOR (1), J: DAMIEN OLIVER, W: 57 KGS, 51.00
X2117 10. SUNLIGHT (7), J: LUKE CURRIE, W: 55 KGS, 4.60
Form and Predictions
This is a Sprint race over 1200m for the three-year-olds.
Last year, this race was won by a colt called Merchant Navy, who subsequently ended up in the UK and won the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes during the European summer. I’m not quite sure whether this year’s edition will contain a winner of that calibre, but after Saturday we’ll be somewhat wiser.
The two leading lights in this race include the colt WRITTEN BY, and the filly SUNLIGHT. Both are highly credentialed and are well backed in the market.
Sunlight raced last weekend in the Manikato Stakes where she raced against older horses but never really got a clear run during that race. She’s back to her own age grade this time around and they will be running down the straight 6, from a 6 furlong start position.
Written By was an excellent 2 year old who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield back in February.
There are other chances as well, including ZOUSAIN and ENCRYPTION – the Godolphin horse who is a bit of a straight track specialist. He loves Flemington so he is expected to go well on Saturday.
DIPLOMATICO and SESAR are the other main dangers, the former is looking for his third win in a row though goes up in class in this race. The latter is a Queenslander making a raid to Melbourne. He won the Roman Consul Stakes on a wet track (video below) up in Sydney, though I don’t think a drier surface will be a bother to him.
Betting Gods Tips
Written By – 1pt win @ 4.20 PaddyPower, Bet365
Sunlight – 1pt win @ 4.60 Bet365
Sesar – 0.75pt each way @ 8.00 PaddyPower, Bet365
Video Reference Guide
2018 Roman Consul Stakes (Sesar)