The Memsie Stakes earmarks the first Group 1 of the new racing season and what a race it promises to be.
With a field containing quality sprinters, middle-distance and staying types, the Memsie Stakes will provide a great betting guide for the rest of the spring carnival and 11 of the best thoroughbreds will do battle.
It all happens this Saturday at Caulfield and we have form, tips and odds for every runner in the field.
2018 Memsie Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Winx Stakes 2018
Vega Magic $2.80 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Grunt @ $9.50 – BET NOW
Kings Will Dream @ $11 – BET NOW
2018 Memsie Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Happy Clapper ($5.50) – BET NOW
There’s plenty to like about Patrick Webster’s runner here and his first-up record of 10 starts for four wins and three placings speaks for itself.
The Doncaster Mile winner evolved into a champion type during The Championships, which also included a third placing in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes behind Winx. That form will take him a long way here and he shouldn’t be discounted.
$5.50 is a touch short of value but he’s a definite winning hope.
Black Heart Bart ($19) – BET NOW
The 16-time winner is certainly past his best after a poor showing for ninth in the Lawrence Stakes last start.
Trained by Darren Weir, the eight-year-old gelding is looking for the paddock and a finish in the top three would be a massive shock.
Vega Magic (Best Bet – $2.80) – BET NOW
Lindsay Park lines up the slick sprinter which looked well above average when taking out the Bletchingly Stakes by three lengths over Voodoo Lad. That win was so dominant and rising to the 1400m won’t be of concern.
He’s unbeaten at two 1400m runs and The Everest placegetter could have his chance to secure his spot in Australia’s richest race with a win here.
Expect Damien Oliver to ride the speed and try kick clear on the turn.
Humidor ($26) – BET NOW
The former Kiwi runner has bigger targets in mind but punters should expect a forward run here.
The Weir-trained stayer finished second behind Winx in the 2017 Cox Plate and that’s likely where the son of Teofilo will be headed again.
He’s quality at best but the 1400m is well short of his best and if he runs on from the back, that will be considered a good effort.
Jungle Edge ($27) – BET NOW
It has been a good story for this battling eight-year-old to be running at this level but he might have peaked.
Much better suited to wet tracks, the Dubawi gelding continues to run well at a high level without winning. He looked better in the autumn but he would need to find another length to hold off this hot field.
Dollar For Dollar ($35) – BET NOW
Deserves a chance at the big time after posting a record of eight wins from 16 starts, but the six-year-old isn’t expected to win.
He has been winning lower-graded races in preparation for this and he’s another which would need to run out of his skin to finish in the top three.
Kings Will Dream (Best Roughie – $11) – BET NOW
That was an incredible run from the former European runner in the Lawrence Stakes and it was enough for bookmakers to make him the $5 Caulfield Cup favourite.
We thought he might step up over more ground but Weir is keeping him at the 1400m, where he has won in the past and it could be the right move.
If the pace is on up front, expect the four-year-old to be finishing off in style.
Kementari ($4.40) – BET NOW
Kementari suffered at the might of Winx last time out in the Winx Stakes and we’re not sure how well he will recover.
The highly-touted son of Lonhro was tipped to beat the mighty mare at Randwick last start but he missed the placings altogether and we never a winning chance.
Rebounding to win this will be tough and he has yet to win at Caulfield in two attempts. He’s too short for our books but we’re not denying his class.
Grunt (Best Each Way – $9.50) – BET NOW
That last start might have looked a touch average but it was much better than it looked.
The Australian Guineas winner rattled off four consecutive wins last season and he has plenty of class to call upon here.
$9 is over the odds for a runner which will improve and although not ideally weighted at 58.5kg, expect a nice performance.
Showtime ($11) – BET NOW
Not getting much respect from bookmakers despite beating some of these last time to the races.
The Hawkes-trained runner has largely underperformed throughout its career but he scored a quality win last start and that shouldn’t be overlooked.
$11 is a fair price from bookmakers and one what could shorten.
Oregon’s Day ($26) – BET NOW
Has loads of ability on her day and although she has won only four races, she has been competing against the best for awhile now.