The VRC Sprint Classic is the featured sprint race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and we have a runner-by-runner guide for the big event.
The Everest form is evident throughout the 14-horse field and we have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the Group 1 feature at Flemington on Saturday.
2018 VRC Sprint Classic final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 VRC Sprint Classic
Redzel @ $4.80 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Kementari @ $7 – BET NOW
In Her Time @ $11- BET NOW
2018 VRC Sprint Classic form guide and tips
Redzel (Best Bet – $4.80) – BET NOW
Dual Everest winner which isn’t as good down the Flemington straight, but he needs to be treated with the upmost respect.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, the winner of over $15 million does have two wins from three starts down the straight, which is good form, but he was expected to win here last time out.
That being said, he’s in terrific form and if he’s pulled up well from The Everest at Randwick, he could show them a clean pair of heels again.
Brave Smash ($14) – BET NOW
Caused a minor upset when winning the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last start and he could kick on with it now.
With an Everest placing to his name and plenty of international class, Brave Smash isn’t without a chance and he’s often overlooked in the betting.
$14 is a good price and he has produced one good performance down the Flemington straight in the past.
Santa Ana Lane ($10) – BET NOW
Multiple Group 1-winning gelding this year and although beaten in The Everest, he didn’t lose many admirers in running sixth.
His wins in the Goodwood and Stradbroke were top class and it’s tough to overlook Group 1-winning form. He has that in spades and it’s only his track statistics that are off-putting here.
He has yet to win or place from three starts at Flemington and that’s going against him.
Redkirk Warrior ($12) – BET NOW
Has a notable win down the Flemington straight in March and although he was very poor overseas in the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup, he’ll be better back on a track he loves.
The imported sprinter has won four of his five starts at Flemington and he will likely come down the outside rail and sprint hard.
He needs dry track conditions but with fine weather predicted throughout the week, he should get those conditions to suit.
Jungle Cat ($12) – BET NOW
It’s tough to rule out the international types, especially those that scored a quality win in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes two back, but he was awful in the Toorak Handicap.
The Charlie Appleby-trained six-year-old ran 13th and 8.2 lengths behind Land of Plenty. Would need to lift on that most recent run but his form is best over this distance.
Pierata ($5) – BET NOW
Went close to being the best bet of the day but we weren’t thrilled with the $5 odds on offer.
Scored a booming win in the Sydney Stakes last start, which is The Everest consolation and he has been primed with a recent trial placing behind Redzel.
This will be his first start down the straight and that’s a big worry, but there’s no denying his raw talent and punters should include him in their selections.
Kementari (Best Each Way – $7) – BET NOW
Good thing beaten in the Manikato Stakes when getting back and storming home late. That went against the track bias and although disappointing this season, he’s long overdue a win and it could come here.
James Cummings lines up the four-time winner from 16 starts which hasn’t won as often as punters would have liked but he has been contesting tough races and hasn’t had much luck in them.
Drawn to get a nice drag into the race and he could storm over them late.
Spirit of Valor ($10) – BET NOW
The best-performed sprinter of the Aidan O’Brien runners that were sent over. He has had back-to-back placings in strong races, including the Manikato Stakes last start and he should have had plenty of experience down the straight.
Down the come down the outside part of the track and it looks as though they might head there given the track conditions.
Intelligence Cross ($151) – BET NOW
Another O’Brien-trained runner which has been poor since arriving in Australia. Two starts and he has beaten only one runner home.
Unsure why it came down to race in some of the best sprinting races in the world and he won’t be winning this.
U S Navy Flag ($12) – BET NOW
Has stolen punters’ money since arriving in Australia and he was given excuses following his failure in The Everest but there were no excuses last start.
The three-year-old colt finished last of 14 runners in the Manikato Stakes and he’s not going well enough to be considered here.
His best form in Europe came over the mile and the Australian sprinters are simply too quick over these short-course distances.
Fleet Review ($51) – BET NOW
Fourth O’Brien-trained runner and it doesn’t look to have a winning chance either. No good last start at Moonee Valley and his form prior was less and desirable.
Ran second behind U S Navy Flag at Newmarket in 2017 but that’s about the only solid form guide for this.
In Her Time (Best Roughie – $11) – BET NOW
Six lengths behind Redzel in The Everest and although that was disappointing, she has some class performances to her name and deserves attention here.
Yet to run down the Flemington straight but she runs good sectionals and that should suit here. She’s an eight-time winner which relishes on a good surface and she should get conditions to suit.
$11 is a good price.
Spright ($35) – BET NOW
Last two runs at Moonee Valley have exceeded expectations but she will likely regress to her natural career path here.
Looks outclassed and despite her winning her only start at Flemington, a win wouldn’t surprise in this.
Invincible Star ($26) – BET NOW
Held a nomination for The Everest but wasn’t good enough to take it. Has been disappointing this season and she hasn’t matured well.
Inside draw isn’t ideal.