Will Winx ever suffer defeat again in Australia?
That’s the question being asked and she’s about to face her toughest test since winning the 2017 Cox Plate.
Winx is the dominating favourite to win her 29th race and she probably will, but there’s value in this race and finding the good place money is key to making money in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2018
Happy Clapper to place @ $2.15 – BET NOW
Next Best Bet:
Ambitious to place @ $4 – BET NOW
Consensus to place @ $15 – BET NOW
2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Happy Clapper (Best Bet – $2.15 to place) – BET NOW
2018 Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper is looking to win consecutive races within a week.
The Patrick Webster-trained runner has improved significantly this season and he has easily been the best-performed horse behind Winx.
The seven-year-old has yet to win at 2000m which is the concern but this won’t be a truly-run staying event.
They will go slow up front and that plays right into the hands of Happy Clapper, which should finish second or third.
Gailo Chop ($16) – BET NOW
Gailo Chop’s first foray over the staying distances didn’t work out well last start but he drops back to 2000m here.
The Darren Weir-trained import has won seven of his 13 wins over this distance and he shouldn’t be paying $15 in the betting.
He could control the pace up front and give a big kick in the straight.
He’s a Cox Plate-performed horse and that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Humidor ($11) – BET NOW
Humidor was a touch disappointing in the Doncaster Mile but he pushed Winx close in the Cox Plate and that stays firmly in the minds of punters.
The former Kiwi runner has been preparing for this race all campaign and Weir knows how to have his horses ready at the right time.
Drawing the inside barrier isn’t ideal for the enigmatic five-year-old but if he gets clear running room in the straight, he could finish off well.
Ambitious (Next Best Bet – $4 to place) – BET NOW
The former Japanese star looked good when running second behind Almandin last start and although he drops back in distance for this, he’s a two-time winner over 2000m.
Trained by Anthony Freedman, the six-year-old has finished close up behind the likes of Kitasan Black and Neorealism in Japan and that’s great form for this.
Japanese middle-distance types are tough and he could give punters a good sight in this.
Success Days ($41) – BET NOW
The European runner comes over with only fair form having finished last in his last two runs.
Trained by Ken Gordon, the six-year-old is a winner of six from 19 starts and he finished second behind Johannes Vermeer at Curragh last year.
That form would take him close but he was no match for Cracksman last time out, finishing 42 lengths behind the winner and a big improvement would be needed here.
Classic Uniform ($151) – BET NOW
Classic Uniform caused a couple of upsets last campaign but hasn’t returned the same horse.
He finished 16.6 lengths behind Gailo Chop last start and although he can be exciting in front, he will likely struggle over the concluding stages.
Comin’ Through ($41) – BET NOW
There’s nothing wrong with the form of Comin’ Through and he knows how to fight to the line.
The Fastnet Rock gelding is coming off a placing in the Doncaster Mile and although he’s not weighted well at 59kg, he has had no problem carrying weight in the past.
Unlikely to win but consider at the odds.
Odeon ($91) – BET NOW
Really needed to win at Caulfield last start to be considered a chance here.
Triple-figure odds on offer and bookmakers are on the mark.
Winx ($1.16) – BET NOW
Champion mare which should have no problem dispatching this field.
She is a class above and we were hoping a top international threat would come over to challenge her, but she can only beat what’s on offer and she will here.
$1.16 isn’t a price you can take however.
Consensus (Best Roughie – $15 to place) – BET NOW
Kiwi mare which has won eight from 44 starts, including at Group 1 level.
Trained by Stephen McKee, the six-year-old finished off well for fourth behind Gailo Chop last start and despite the track conditions not being ideal this Saturday, she represents value.