The Mackinnon Stakes is the final Group 1 of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and an international field of 10 will line up.
International raider Blair House currently holds favouritism with fellow raider Latrobe attracting attention. Can the locals see off the strong offshore challenge?
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie tips for the 2018 Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday.
2018 Mackinnon Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Mackinnon Stakes
Blair House @ $2.15 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Latrobe @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Extra Brut @ $7.50 – BET NOW
2018 Mackinnon Stakes form guide and tips
It’s Somewhat ($19) – BET NOW
James Cummings is trying to figure this runner out this season but he’s not running in the best form.
The seven-year-old has seemingly lost a couple of lengths this season and he hasn’t been able to run down the likes of Moss ‘N’ Dale and Cliff’s Edge lately. That form isn’t going to be good enough for this and carrying 59kg maked it even harder.
Prized Icon ($17) – BET NOW
Former Derby winner which returned to form with a last start placing behind Cliff’s Edge in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley.
Has improved nicely with every start this season and although he has lost his winning tough, he could spark an upset in this.
$17 could be worth taking and any moisture in the surface won’t worry him.
Blair House (Best Bet – $2.15) – BET NOW
Charlie Appleby has him positioned beautifully after running second in the Caulfield Stakes last start and he looks to be peaking for this.
The five-year-old son of Pivotal is a four-time winner from 16 starts and with winning form at Meydan in preparation for his trip to Australia, he has international class on his side.
Short in the market but we would take $2 if he lowered to that.
Trap For Fools ($13) – BET NOW
Wasn’t allowed to run in the Cox Plate and instead ran well for second behind Ventura Storm in the Moonee Valley Cup.
He’s a professional 12-win runner which makes his own luck out in front and although leading all the way at Flemington isn’t an easy task, he has some upside for this race.
If they run slow enough up front, he could quicken on the turn and run in the money.
Doubt Defying ($23) – BET NOW
Eight-time winner from 17 starts but most of those wins have come in much easier grades. Did the job well at Randwick and Sale of late, but there’s better Group 1 contenders in this.
$23 is a touch short for a gelding of his class.
Octabello ($34) – BET NOW
Has been mixing his form and he finished nicely for fifth behind Cliff’s Edge at Moonee Valley last start but we’d need to see an improvement.
His most recent win came at Cranbourne and we’re not sure if that’s Group 1-winning form. He should struggle to get close in this.
Latrobe (Best Each Way – $5.50) – BET NOW
Another international type which has plenty of upside and every chance of winning this. The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old has been around some of the best age-group types in the UK and the form stacks up well.
He’s an Irish Derby winner which might want more distance but that form looks good for this race and he’s going to get every chance from barrier three.
Hugh Bowman has been suspended so Mark Zahra rides but that’s a small negative.
Shillelagh ($7) – BET NOW
Scored an overdue and booming win in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes last start. The Chris Waller-trained mare turned back time when scoring last Saturday and she’s good enough to go back-to-back.
She faces a much better field here, however, and there doesn’t seem to be as much speed in this race. That could be the problem and she might struggle to show a turn-of-foot in the straight.
Extra Brut (Best Roughie – $7.50) – BET NOW
Won the Derby just one week ago and it’s a strange decision to line him up here, but Darren Weir is clearly confident with his chances.
The four-time winner probably doesn’t have the class most of these have but he gets in with 51kg and Craig Williams on his back.
That makes him dangerous and he might just sit off the speed and try work into the race late.
Mickey Blue Eyes ($23) – BET NOW
Showed form earlier in the preparation but has battled of late. Finds a tough field here and although he carries 51kg, he looks held.