The 2018 $600,000 Coolmore Classic has attracted one of the more even Group 1 fields you’ll ever see in Sydney.
With a current favourite at $6, punters will get great odds for whichever horse they back, but we will try make that easier by giving our best tips.
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for Saturday’s Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Coolmore Classic final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Coolmore Classic 2018
Raiment@ $7.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Silent Sedition @ $8.50 – BET NOW
Bring Me Roses @ $11 – BET NOW
Coolmore Classic Form Guide & Tips
Dixie Blossoms ($7) – BET NOW
It was tough to leave Dixie Blossoms out of calculations, but we’re not thrilled with the odds on offer.
The Ron Quinton-trained mare scored a quality win at Randwick last start but she rarely produces back-to-back wins and that’s a big concern.
She’s also giving weight to some stellar types and we’ll have to pass on her this time around.
Silent Sedition (Best Each Way – $8.50) – BET NOW
Silent Sedition was a drifter in the betting at Caulfield last start but she showed them a clean pair of heels.
The 2.3-length victory was never in doubt as she landed on the speed and kicked away for an effortless win.
This is a track where she placed behind Heavens Above at her only attempt and owning good barrier speed is vital in Group 1 races.
$8.50 is great value.
Daysee Doom ($11) – BET NOW
Has been around the mark most of her career and she was primed with a win at Rosehill last time out.
The second of the Quinton-trained runners, Daysee Doom has a good record of eight wins from 18 starts and the five-year-old only needs luck from out wide.
Not the worst at the double-figure odds.
Heavens Above ($21) – BET NOW
Heavens Above hasn’t won in eight starts and it’s hard to see her turn that form around.
She’s capable on her day and she finished only 1.9 lengths behind Daysee Doom last start but turning the tables won’t be easy against this quality of opposition.
Prompt Response ($16) – BET NOW
Having only won four of her 22 starts is a worry but Prompt Response has Group 1 form.
The winner of over $800,000 comes into this having finished fourth behind Daysee Doom last start and she never runs well second up, so that was an encouraging performance.
Blake Shinn takes the ride and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her fighting out the finish after landing somewhere near the speed.
Zanbagh ($81) – BET NOW
Scored a quality win at Newcastle last year but has done nothing since.
Likes to score big upsets and this would be one, but we can’t have her in our selections based on recent form.
Egg Tart ($6) – BET NOW
Egg Tart went close to being our best each way but we’re not sure she’s the same horse we saw last year.
The Waller-trained four-year-old resumed with a fourth behind Crack Me Up and that was a steady effort but we haven’t been impressed with her form for a while now and there’s always an excuse for her performances.
She maps well for this race and punters will come for her but her opening odds of $7.50 looked more realistic and punters are losing value now.
Alizee ($10) – BET NOW
The James Cummings-trained filly couldn’t quicken up last start at Randwick behind Shoals, but this is another race entirely.
She scored an impressive win at Randwick prior to that and punters have quickly jumped off her back. Considering she has paid under $3 at her last four starts, $10 could be worth taking and the $3.20 to place is good money.
Aide Memoire ($26) – BET NOW
The former Kiwi hasn’t hit her straps in Australia and we questioned if she was good enough to compete across the Tasman.
She has shown so far that she’s not and we’d prefer to see her in something easier and something left-handed.
Danish Twist ($51) – BET NOW
Danish Twist has been nothing short of disappointing for a while now and we can’t have the eight-time winner in our selections.
Eckstein ($23) – BET NOW
It wasn’t long ago that Eckstein was running in country class, but she has risen through the grades and now has a chance to win at Group 1 level.
She hasn’t won in her last nine starts and her customary turn-of-foot looks flattened, but the potential is there if the speed is hot up front.
Flippant ($41) – BET NOW
Flippant turned around some solid form with a win last start at Flemington and she has upset material.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained mare has beaten some talented types throughout her career and the only thing going against her here is the wide barrier.
Chance if she crosses from barrier 16.
Raiment (Best Bet – $7.50) – BET NOW
We wouldn’t usually side with a four-year-old mare against this level of opposition, but Raiment is ideally weighted at 52.5kg and jockey Michael Walker is in red-hot form.
The Cummings-trained mare by Street Cry placed behind Dixie Blossoms last start and there’s an even bigger pull in the weights this time around.
Getting the inside barrier is ideal and her opening odds of $10 have already come crashing in.
She looks to have matured nicely this time in and she should go close.
Francaletta ($11) – BET NOW
The Kiwi mare ran well for third behind Dixie Blossoms last start and that was a better run than we were expecting.
Her New Zealand form featured six wins from nine starts and they came at good levels but we didn’t think she had the capability to win a Group 1 race in Australia.
That might come later this season, but we wouldn’t take $11 for that to happen this Saturday.
Bring Me Roses ($10) – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up the three-year-old filly which has returned to form this campaign with consecutive placings.
The daughter of High Chaparral ran second behind Rimraam and third behind Grunt last start. Although that form won’t hold up at this level, she gets 51kg on her back and Dean Yendall loves riding in the big races.
She’s on the rise and is worth a shot.
Slightly Sweet ($51) – BET NOW
Finding it hard to make a case for the six-year-old which gets in well on the weights but is lacking form to be considered at this level.
Just Dreaming ($21) – BET NOW
Last start winner at Wyong but this is a massive rise in class for the four-year-old which is better suited to midweek grade.
Oregon’s Day ($16) – BET NOW
Talented on its day and she will enjoy the light weight.
Beaten favourite at Flemington last start and she would need a big improvement.