The Tancred Stakes has attracted a quality field for the 2019 running, which includes odds-on favourite Avilius.
Bookmakers opened the Godolphin runner at $2.15 and he has firmed into $1.55 for the Group 1 staying feature at Rosehill on Saturday.
He certainly looks tough to beat but punters are getting great odds to beat him and we have free tips, form and odds for every runner in the field.
2019 Tancred Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Tancred Stakes 2019
Avilius @ $1.60 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Red Cardinal @ $6 Bet Now
Big Duke @ $10 Bet Now
Tancred Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Avilius (Best Bet – $1.60) Bet Now
We’re certainly not happy about the $1.60 odds on offer but he is the best horse in the race so bookmakers are forcing our hand.
He scored a booming win at nice odds in the Ranvet Stakes last week, where conditions suited him nicely and they should again here.
The imported son of Pivotal has won nine from 17 and he has plenty more to come.
Muntahaa ($51) Bet Now
Ran 11th in the Australian Cup and it’s tough to see enough improvement needed to take this out.
He was good enough to run ninth in the Melbourne Cup and that’s likely his ultimate goal again, but he looks beaten in this.
Red Cardinal (Best Each Way – $6) Bet Now
Running well enough to beat Avilius and the odds on offer are generous. The Kris Lees-trained import has relished the wet tracks and scored consecutive wins on this track.
The well-bred son of Montjeu didn’t fire in the wet at the Melbourne Cup but he had little luck throughout the run and it’s good to see him bouncing back.
Looks the best chance to beat the favourite.
The Taj Mahal ($15)
Yet to fire this campaign and he’s just not running well enough in Australia to be considered a winning chance in this.
His best form has come in much easier races and that’s where his best chances will be.
Sound ($101) Bet Now
Yet to make any impression since joining the Mike Moroney stable. Form in Germany was sound enough to win but he has beaten only 13 runners in three Australian runs.
He’s going to need quick improvement and we can’t see that happening.
Patrick Erin ($31) Bet Now
The former Kiwi is just going through the motions this preparation and he was dreadful in the Sky High Stakes last start.
He was off the bit from the 1000m mark and he finished 21.4 lengths behind Red Cardinal. He’s going to need to quickly improve otherwise his Sydney Cup aspirations could come to an end.
Vengeur Masque ($35) Bet Now
Got the job done at Moonee Valley two back before going to New Zealand and running fifth in the Auckland Cup.
He doesn’t handle the wet tracks and we would be surprised to see him start in this race. If he does, he has little chance to win anyway.
Big Duke (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
He’s warming up nicely this season and his run for second behind Midterm in the Manion Cup was a nice effort.
The seven-year-old does get back during the run, which forces him to make a sustained run, but he loves the sting out of the ground and conditions will suit come Saturday.
He has Sydney Cup hopes and we’re expecting a big run here.
Ventura Storm ($61) Bet Now
Winner of almost $1.5 million but he doesn’t like to win often and scoring here would be some upset result.
Fifth in the Mornington Cup last start and we’re not expecting that form to stack up at this level.
Yogi ($23) Bet Now
Didn’t quite fire as expected last time out at Flemington when running eighth in the Australian Cup but if there’s pace on up front, he could be hitting the line with power.
He has four wins on a soft track and the only worry is his weight of 59kg. There’s no doubting he runs best with a little extra weight off his back.
Brimham Rocks ($23) Bet Now
Improving run for fourth last start behind Red Cardinal and he’s only going to get better with more time this season.
Fourth up here and despite having only two placings from five starts on rain-affected tracks, he could run into the money if everything goes his way.
Ace High ($26) Bet Now
Running out of chances to get back to his best form and after backing him the last few starts, we can’t have him here.
Doesn’t handle wet tracks at all with eight starts for no wins or placings. That’s going to make it tough for the Derby winner.
Rondinella ($15) Bet Now
Kiwi mare which ran third behind Melody Belle and Danzdanzdance in the New Zealand Stakes last start. We’ve seen that form stack up nicely since and she’s a mare on the rise.
This is her ultimate test and it’s a tough one, but the Kiwis are battle-hardened and she could add some value at double-figure odds.
Nettoyer ($23) Bet Now
Did the job nicely two back against a much easier field before running fifth behind Avilius last start. She was 6.2 lengths behind the favourite and we’re not sure she’s up to this level.
Doukhan ($81) Bet Now
Handles the wet but will need to find a couple of lengths to beat the quality of this field.