An extremely talented field of 10 runners lines up in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and it should be one of the more exciting races on Derby Day.
Three runners are contesting for favouritism in the 1200m sprinting feature and we have picked out our best bet, best each way and best roughie.
It’s the first Group 1 on Derby Day and it should be a cracker.
2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes
Written By @ $4 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Sunlight @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Long Leaf @ $28 – BET NOW
2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes form guide and tips
Written By (Best Bet – $4) – BET NOW
Having only not won on one occasion, that coming when finishing fourth in the Golden Slipper, Written By brings some serious consistency into this race.
The Blue Diamond winner has returned from a spell with back-to-back wins and has looked mightily impressive in doing so.
This will be his first run down the Flemington straight, which is always a concern but we’re happy with his work and he should be tough to beat.
Zousain ($4.20) – BET NOW
Has been heavily-backed in the markets and that’s possibly to do with some rain being about on Friday, but the track should be rated in the good range.
The Chris Waller-trained colt finished second behind Caulfield Guineas winner The Autumn Sun last start and whilst that would appear to be good form, he was left flat-footed behind the champion in that race.
There’s no doubting his class but we wouldn’t touch the $4.20.
Encryption ($8) – BET NOW
Scored a good win down the Flemington straight two starts back and having that experience could put him on top over a few other runners here.
Trained by James Cummings, the three-year-old colt probably hasn’t lived up to expectations so far but there’s room for improvement and a win here would seriously help the colt establish a good career at stud.
He’s amazingly bred and a Group 1 win or placing would add value to his page.
Lean Mean Machine ($9) – BET NOW
Defeated a good field two starts back at Rosehill but that came on an extremely heavy surface and he’s simply not as good on a dry surface.
Hugh Bowman in the saddle is a bonus and he’s got a great card of runners on Saturday, but we haven’t seen enough consistency from this Waller-trained runner to consider him at the price.
Long Leaf (Best Roughie – $28) – BET NOW
Hasn’t had the best of luck throughout his career but the ability is there and he represents good value at $26.
The Lindsay Park-trained runner finished third behind Native Soldier last start and the wide-open track at Flemington should be exactly what he’s been looking for. He needs time to wind up and drawing eight down the straight should suit nicely.
Worth the risk at the odds.
Sesar ($8.50) – BET NOW
Tough to fault his win at Randwick last time out when scoring an upset win in the Roman Consul. He defeated a quality field on that occasion but makes the step up in grade for this.
He’s a runner which could improve nicely in the spring and is a dangerous proposition here. That being said, we haven’t seen him beat the level of opposition he faces here and until he does, he goes by the wayside for the meantime.
Paquirri ($151) – BET NOW
Good on connections for “giving it a go” but the odds reflect his chances. Good win at Randwick to break maiden grades but he finished 28.8 lengths behind Lean Mean Machine last start and a similar statistic could follow here.
Diplomatico ($8.50) – BET NOW
Has kicked off his career in fine style with three starts for two wins and a placing. The colt by Snitzel scored a quality win at Randwick last start but he didn’t beat much and the winning time of 1:12.15 hardly set the track alight.
Nice type for next season but $8.50 is far too short for our liking.
Thorondor ($61) – BET NOW
Has been mixing his form this season but this simply looks too tough for him. 5.7 lengths behind Eduardo last start and that form isn’t going to cut it at Group 1 level.
Sunlight (Best Each Way – $4.60) – BET NOW
The only filly in the race and punters should forget she went around in the Manikato Stakes last Friday night.
She was locked away on the inside and when she finally saw daylight, she sprinted nicely towards the line. Trainer Tony McEvoy wasn’t going to target this race but she didn’t get a fair crack at them last start so she’s here.
55kg helps and she has enough natural speed to win down the straight.