The Tancred Stakes is the featured Group 1 this Saturday at Rosehill and it features a field of talented stayers.
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin is in the field and his biggest opponent appears to be Gailo Chop, but there’s some great each way value in this race.
We have form for every runner plus our best tip, best each way and best roughie for the 2018 Tancred Stakes.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Tancred Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Tancred Stakes 2018
Gailo Chop @ $2.30 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Single Gaze @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Auvray @ $10 – BET NOW
2018 Tancred Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Gailo Chop (Best Bet – $2.30) – BET NOW
We got off the back of Gailo Chop last week and paid the price.
The Darren Weir-trained import made easy work of them in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, scoring by three lengths over a similar field.
A seven-year-old by Deportivo, Gailo Chop has come of age this preparation with three wins from four starts and he looks a legitimate chance of running in the first three in the 2018 Cox Plate.
This race and The Championships will need to be tackled first, however, but we don’t have many concerns this week and although Almandin should provide a stiff challenge, Gailo Chop has the form on the board.
Almandin ($3.40) – BET NOW
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin always deserves respect, but we question his ability going right handed.
His inexperience going this way could be a negative in Sydney but we won’t know the outcome until we’ve seen him in action.
Despite our queries over the track, Almandin has looked good since winning the Melbourne Cup and although he was beaten by Harlem at Flemington last start, he would have appreciated the run under his belt.
Money is coming for the eight-year-old but he’s not long enough in the market for us to confidently tip him in this situation.
Ambitious ($16) – BET NOW
Japanese import Ambitious didn’t show much fresh-up at Flemington behind Harlem, but punters should expect improvement as he gets more fitness under his belt.
Trained by Anthony Freedman, the six-year-old is a five-time winner in Japan of more than $3.1 million.
Boasting close finishes behind the likes of Neorealism and Kitasan Black is something punters should take seriously but he might need more time to show his best.
Harlem ($21) – BET NOW
Enigmatic type which scored by a half-length at Flemington two back when finding the best part of the track.
He managed to beat the majority of the field he faces here, but he was unable to perform at his best at Rosehill last start and a similar run is expected here.
He’s talented at best but he needs luck to go his way and there might be some better betting opportunities in this race.
Who Shot Thebarman ($27) – BET NOW
Doesn’t mind running third-up but his best days are clearly behind him.
The Chris Waller-trained nine-year-old was a winner last October at Moonee Valley, but he has beaten only five runners home in two runs since.
It’s hard not to love the former New Zealander but a win would surprise here and listed jockey Hugh Bowman will need to be replaced.
Auvray (Best Roughie – $10) – BET NOW
Richard Freedman lines up Auvray, which scored a tough win at Rosehill last time out and has plenty of improvement left.
The former French runner is now an eight-time winner from 33 starts and although he’s never been able to beat the top stayers in Australia, a big win could be on the horizon.
His opening odds of $11 have been bet into $9.50 and jockey Jason Collett is in career best form, so he’s a clear each way chance here.
Ventura Storm ($27) – BET NOW
Ventura Storm was heavily backed at a price to win last time out but he showed nothing.
The Lindsay Park-trained import finished over 10 lengths behind Gailo Chop and he never travelled throughout the run.
His Australian career has largely been overrated and disappointing and bookmakers have wisened up by offering big odds here.
We’re doubtful that he’ll attract much attention on Saturday.
Single Gaze (Best Each Way – $7.50) – BET NOW
Quality five-year-old mare which hasn’t won a race in a while now, but she’s doing everything she can to win.
The Nick Olive-trained mare finished second in the Caulfield Cup before running second in three of her four starts this year.
Her run for second behind Gailo Chop in the Ranvet was good enough to be considered here and she won’t have to do any work from the inside draw.
The crowd will be cheering loudly if she looks a winner in the home straight.
Lasqueti Spirit ($81) – BET NOW
Oaks winner which hasn’t done anything on the race track for a long time.
Should be aiming lower than Group 1 level.