Some of Australia’s best sprinters are on show this Saturday in the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington.
The market is headed by Santa Ana Lane following an unlucky run in The Everest and the likes of Nature Strip, Alizee and Loving Gaby are looking to score an upset.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie selections for the 2019 Darley Sprint Classic.
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VRC Darley Sprint Classic 2019 Best Bets
Santa Ana Lane @ $2.25 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Nature Strip @ $4.60 Bet Now
Loving Gaby @ $8 Bet Now
VRC Darley Sprint Classic 2019 Form Guide & Tips
Santa Ana Lane (Best Bet – $2.25) Bet Now
It was an incredible run for second in The Everest and he should have gone close to winning.
The Anthony Freedman-trained sprinter settled well off the pace and that was never going to be ideal at Randwick.
Racing down the straight at Flemington is ideal for the seven-year-old and he’ll get room to move.
He finished second on this track two back and he deserves to be favourite here.
Nature Strip (Best Each Way – $4.60) Bet Now
Punters will need to take a risk with Nature Strip, but there was merit in that Everest performance.
There’s no doubting that Nature Strip is a pure 1000m sprinter, but he stuck on gamely over 1200m in The Everest.
He’s unbeaten in three starts down the Flemington straight and that’s another positive in his favour. Not all runners handle straight racing so he has that advantage.
Worth including at the each-way odds.
Rock Magic ($26) Bet Now
Resumed from a spell with a fourth at Moonee Valley behind Loving Gaby and we’re not sure he has enough improvement to come.
He’s a 10-year-old which isn’t getting any younger and although a 16-time winner, his best days are well behind him.
The Bostonian ($16) Bet Now
Probably doesn’t deserve to be paying $16 but the Kiwi runner hasn’t shown much this season.
He’s a multiple Group 1 winner in Queensland and he wasn’t far off beating Melody Belle for Horse of the Year in New Zealand last season.
He’s a four-time winner over this distance but it will be his first look at Flemington, which will either help or hinder his chances.
Wouldn’t be ruling him out.
Malibu Style ($51) Bet Now
Not lacking race fitness with 60 career starts for 11 wins and 20 minor placings.
The Neville Parnham-trained eight-year-old wasn’t all that far away when running fourth at Flemington last start behind Kemalpasa.
That came on the first day of the carnival and having a week between runs could help him.
Damien Oliver rides which is a positive but we couldn’t have him in our selections.
Zoutori ($15) Bet Now
Looked good running third behind Sunlight and Santa Ana Lane two back. Looked ordinary last week but he’s better than that.
We could put that run down to the track conditions and the on-speed bias. He didn’t enjoy the wet conditions and Saturday’s weather isn’t looking any better.
Likely to get back in the run once again and struggle to pick them up late.
In Her Time ($10) Bet Now
Unsure about her chances in these conditions but she has shown enough in the past to warrant attention.
The seven-year-old mare was a winner at Flemington in February and anything close to that form would be good enough for this.
She has a good second-up record of eight starts for two wins and three placings, so second-up syndrome shouldn’t apply here.
Chance at odds.
Alizee ($9) Bet Now
She’s a little better over the 1400-1600m distances but she’s still a four-time winner over this distance.
James Cummings lines up the five-year-old which ran well enough for seventh in The Everest and carrying 56.5kg is ideal.
Alizee is always a winning chance and punters have to respect her chances. We wouldn’t be surprised to see her odds firm in considerably.
Loving Gaby (Best Roughie – $8) Bet Now
She’s not quite a “roughie” but she should be included in selections.
The Maher/Eustace-trained filly is coming off a win in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and what’s wrong with that form?
To double down on that, she gets into this race with only 51.5kg on her back and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams in the saddle.
Plenty to like about her chances and we’ll take the value on offer.