QUADDIE KING: 2016 MELBOURNE CUP DAY: NOVEMBER 1ST
THIS is the one day of the year when the entire nation roars for a horse race – Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.
HARTNELL ($5.00) has had a great campaign. Won first three runs this prep like a champion, ran into Winx in the Cox Plate when second. If he relaxes and runs the trip he’ll win.
JAMEKA ($8.00) is a big, strong mare, Oaks winner, Derby runner-up at three, this season has been brilliant. Latest runaway win in the Caulfield Cup. The danger.
OCEANOGRAPHER ($6.50) is another Godolphin runner, stunning win from last in the Lexus On Saturday and has no weight. Looks very hard to hold out late.
OUR IVANHOWE ($41) will be long odds but he’s a quality stayer, last few runs have been good for this. Loves wet ground so rain would be very significant. Rates a chance.
ALMANDIN ($17) is an import for Lloyd Williams, has won past two most impressively and drops huge amount of weight, very significant that. Hard to beat.
SECOND LEG: THIS IS A STAKES-RACE OVER 1800-METRES WITH A HUGE FIELD AND MANY CHANCES:
FABRIZIO ($2.60) loves to make his own luck, won 3 of past 5, led last time when tearaway winner. This harder but if the rail is OK he’ll be the one they all have to catch.
CLOSING BELL ($20) intriguing runner, Waller-import from the US. Has hot form around G1 and G2 races. Last start 4th in G1 two-mile race. Watch very, very closely.
TARQUIN ($8.50) was a good run when 3rd to Real Love in the JRA Cup, before running on well 2nd Lord Durante $100k race MV. Honest, good gate, top rider. Chance.
PLOT THE COURSE ($11) has gate 1 and is racing well. Followed good 2nd Mr Individual MV with solid win at Caulfield in good race. Has a chance.
TUCANCHOO ($23) was impressive winning in Sydney two runs back, got a long way back when closing behind Chetwood Caulfield. High ratings race that. Watch very closely.
THIRD LEG: ANOTHER STAKES-RACE, ANOTHER HUGE FIELD AND AGAIN EVENLY MATCHED:
SECRET AGENDA ($8.50) brilliant speed mare, flew first-up easy winner before facing the huge wind at Caulfield from wide gate. Should like this course.
SUPREME EFFORT ($13) is a classy NSW sprinter, has great record won 7 of 21 including 4 of past 5. Last few have been easy and impressive. Hard to stop.
FAATINAH ($7.00) is a brilliant mare, loves this track, easy all-the-way winner this course/distance G2 three runs back, latest outing strong late 2nd G2 Caulfield Sprint. Yes.
RAVI ($5.50) is in great form from in Sydney. Followed 2nd G3 Sheraco Stakes Heaven’s Above with slashing 4th Sheidel Caulfield last time. Hard to hold out late here.
RUETTIGER ($10) likes this course, beat Voodoo Lad here three runs back, latest closing 6th Our Boy Malachi Caulfield G2. Gets his chance to run a race in a big race here.
FINAL LEG: WE FINISH WITH THE MARES GROUP 3 OVER 1400-METRES TO WIND UP THE QUADDIE:
SILENT SEDITION ($4.40) is a top class mare, had great winter prep, spell, resumed with slashing 2nd Sheidel Caulfield. Fitter, hard to hold out here now.
EGYPTIAN SYMBOL ($5.00) is a brilliant Sydney mare, wide gate the only issue. Last start stunning win Randwick G3 Nivison Stakes. Hard to beat again despite gate.
VIBRANT ROUGE ($31) is under-rated, flying this prep for new trainer. Charged home 3rd French Emotion G3 here two runs back, latest again made ground late. Out to right trip.
ONEMOREZETA ($15) is a top Sydney mare, runs in all the big races. Ran 4th in G1 Tatts Tiara in Brisbane, spell, resumed with 5th Egyptian Symbol in the Nivison. Ready now.
ROCKOLICIOUS ($11) is racing well, good effort when close 5th French Emotion G3 here, then charged late to win Geelong Listed mares Classic. Definite each-way claims again.
THE KING’S QUADDIE:
Leg 1: Hartnell, Jameka, Oceanographer.
Leg 2: Fabrizio, Closing Bell, Tarquin.
Leg 3: Secret Agenda, Supreme Effort, Faatinah, Ravi.
Leg 4: Silent Sedition, Egyptian Symbol.
**Prices are subject to change.