2018 Kingsford Smith Cup – Preview and Tips
It’s been known as a number of different races in its history. Now known as the Kingsford Smith Cup, changed over from the BTC Cup. This, along with many other top races this season are all being run at Doomben due to problems with the Eagle Farm course. I hope they get it right next year.
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Here’s the field as they line up for the 2018 Kingsford Smith Cup:
23x12 1. Impending (9), J: D Browne, W: 59 kgs, 4.50
X7423 2. Le Romain (5), J: G Schofield, W: 59 kgs, 3.20
11126 3. Care To Think (11), J: J McDonald, W: 59 kgs, 8.00
41x28 4. Most Important (3), J: J Byrne, W: 59 kgs, 26.00
860x5 5. Spieth (2), J: C Williams, W: 59 kgs, SCR
70x40 6. Monsieur Gustave (6), J: J Lloyd, W: 59 kgs, 67.00
1056x 7. Lucky Hussler (7), J: D Lane, W: 59 kgs, 21.00
X3149 8. Endless Drama (4), J: T Angland, W: 59 kgs, 19.00
X5261 9. English (1), J: T Clark, W: 57 kgs, 5.00
117x2 10. Volpe Veloce (8), J: J Bayliss, W: 57 kgs, 15.00
222x1 11. Champagne Cuddles (10), J: C Brown, W: 55 kgs, 5.00
Top weight Impending very rarely runs a bad race. His form is ultra consistent (4 wins, 8 placings, 3 fourths, 1 sixth). As an anchor for your trifecta and first fours he’s a shoe-in for the Kingsford Smith. He’s in my first three. What about you?
Newcastle galloper Le Romain has been knocking on the door of late and had been rewarded with early favouritism for this race. The three-time Group 1 winner could make it four judging by his recent efforts and that wouldn’t surprise. He’s won up to a mile, so 1350 metres won’t present a problem.
Sydney hoop James McDonald returns from the equine wilderness. Can he pick up a Group 1 win a week after his return to racing? He’s on Care To Think, a galloper who is definitely on the rise, but who strikes out yet again with the widest barrier draw. The Murwillumbah trained 5-y-o is being set for the Stradbroke, so this looms as the perfect entree. Shame about the barrier. Mind you if Comin’ Through can win from a wide draw like he did last week in the Doomben Cup, then anything is possible.
English‘s run in the Doomben 10000 was a corker. The track was suited for her, but good weather in Brissy of late means the track should be rated a Good 4, which is slightly firmer than what she’d like. She has the inside draw and jockey Tim Clark is good form. Should go close again.
Bjorn Baker’s three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles has placed a couple of times in Group 1 races earlier in the Spring. She won on the Gold Coast three weeks back and is poised to strike. Can she compete against the older horses in the Kingsford Smith? I’m not so sure.
Jake Bayliss has followed Kiwi mare Volpe Veloce over to Queensland. The Group 1 winning galloper (Sistema Railway Handicap, Ellerslie) has some serious wheels and will definitely be the surprise packet of the field. At $15 SP, Kiwi punters will be one her in droves and will be laughing all the way to the bank if she gets up. Can she add the Kingsford Smith to her Group 1 collection?
2018 Sistema Railway Handicap, Ellerslie, NZ
I’ll go with Le Romain, Impending and Care To Think, the latter due to the J-Mac factor. I’ve discounted English due to a possible form track, and Champagne Cuddles due to her racing against older horses.
Le Romain, Impending, Care To Think
As mentioned above, Kiwi mare Volpe Veloce, who has an SP of $15, but I have a feeling her price will shorten by race-time.
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