2018 Coolmore Classic – Preview and Tips
The Sydney Autumn Carnival continues at Rosehill this Saturday with the running of the Coolmore Classic (for fillies and mares) run over 1500 metres. There’s a good mix of NSW and Victorian gallopers assembled, setting the scene for Golden Slipper Day next weekend.
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Here’s the field:
143x1 1. Dixie Blossoms (4), J: C Brown, W: 57.5 kgs, 7.50
50x51 2. Silent Sedition (7), J: C Williams, W: 57.5 kgs, 8.00
250x1 3. Daysee Doom (14), J: A Adkins, W: 57 kgs, 12.00
685x6 4. Heavens Above (9), J: T Angland, W: 56.5 kgs, 21.00
44x14 5. Prompt Response (10), J: B Shinn, W: 56.5 kgs, 16.00
100x8 6. Zanbagh (17), J: C Reith, W: 56 kgs, 81.00
270x4 7. Egg Tart (3), J: K McEvoy, W: 55.5 kgs, 6.00
13x16 8. Alizee (15), J: G Schofield, W: 54 kgs, 11.00
27x07 9. Aide Memoire (5), J: J Collett, W: 54 kgs, 26.00
90x39 10. Danish Twist (11), J: T Clark, W: 53 kgs, 51.00
20265 11. Eckstein (12), J: B Avdulla, W: 53 kgs, 21.00
26251 12. Flippant (16), J: J Ford, W: 53 kgs, 41.00
59x32 13. Raiment (1), J: M Walker, W: 52.5 kgs, 7.00
512x3 14. Francaletta (2), J: S Baster, W: 52 kgs, 12.00
02x23 15. Bring Me Roses (8), J: D Yendall, W: 51 kgs, 14.00
13x56 16. Slightly Sweet (19), J: Ms J Taylor, W: 51 kgs, 51.00
21251 17. Just Dreaming (13), J: Ms R King, W: 51 kgs, 21.00
583x2 18. Oregon's Day (6), J: C Newitt, W: 51 kgs, 16.00
_1223 19. Shumookh (18), J: J Ford, W: 50 kgs, Scratched
This is the first of the Group 1 mares and fillies races over Sydney Autumn Carnival. Many of the gallopers who line up in this weekend’s Coolmore Classic turned up on VRC Derby Day last November, running in either the Myer Classic or the Kennedy Mile (formerly the Cantala/Emirates Stakes). It’s a large field assembled, but there could be more than just the one scratching so far (Shumookh), depending on the state of the track.
Firstly, the weather forecast in Sydney hasn’t been good. It has been raining most of the week, and Rosehill was rated a Soft 6 right up until yesterday. Sunshine is predicted but whether that improves the state of the track by Saturday afternoon is the big question. This will likely affect the betting as horses who can cope on softer tracks will be better suited and punters will know this. Secondly, those that prefer firmer tracks might be out of luck, some trainers won’t make the call on their runners until Saturday morning.
Which brings into focus the dual Group 1 winning Egg Tart who can handle a wet track. She was brought back into work and finished fourth in the Liverpool Cup two weeks back. A good inside draw and top jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ensure she remains top of the pops with the punters come race day.
According to Godolphin’s James Cummings, last start failure Alizee is no certainty to line up in the Coolmore Classic. She much prefers the dry, and her chances look slim. If the weather does improve, she’ll need to do better against the older horses than what she did when running sixth to Shoals in the Surround Stakes a fortnight ago.
The second of the Godolphin gallopers is the fast improving Raiment. This time she has the in-form Michael Walker onboard, who in the last week has won the Australian Cup with Harlem and the Adelaide Cup with Fanatic, both Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig gallopers. I think punters will be on the mare in droves, especially if Alizee withdraws.
The Ron Quinton trained duo of Dixie Blossoms and Daysee Doom both featured in my bets for the Myer Classic last year, with the former getting up for third. Dixie is in good form leading into this with a last start win at Randwick two weeks ago, and in the process, defeating many of her rivals who line up against her in this race. A top three pick for mine. Daysee won the Millie Fox Stakes in her new prep back in February, and should also feature in your wider betting options on Saturday.
The Kiwi mare Francaletta comes from the top Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman stable, and they bring in Melbourne hoop Steve Baster, who spent most of last Spring riding Jon Snow. Not without a chance (especially if it’s soft/wet), she ran a good second in her first up Australian start to Dixie Blossoms. She’s only lightly raced (10 starts so far), and will be racing in the same silks worn by Lucia Valentina and Sofia Rosa. Owner Lou Petagna would not mind picking up the Coolmore Classic to go with all his other trophies.
Melbourne mare Silent Sedition nearly won this race last year from a wide alley, only getting pipped in the final stride by Heavens Above. She followed that up with her Group 1 victory in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley for Katelyn Mallyon. These days, the mare is ridden By Craig Williams, and from a far more useful barrier than last year, could surprise.
Talking of which, Heavens Above hasn’t really kicked on from last years win, Her form being more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’ over the last twelve months.
Of the others, Bring Me Roses did very well to finish third in the Australian Guineas two weeks back, and with a light weight, handy draw, and racing against her own gender, she could be the one to watch.
For this years Coolmore Classic, I’ll go with Egg Tart, Dixie Blossoms and Bring Me Roses as the lightweight chance.
Egg Tart, Dixie Blossoms, Bring Me Roses
For my roughie, I’ll go with the Waterhouse/Bott mare Prompt Response, who has raced on the big stage before, and won’t mind conditions. Her SP at $16 might come in slightly, but punters will probably take first dibs on other horses I would think. She could still be at overs come race time.
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