Newmarket Handicap Preview
After declaring Hallowed Crown last week Mitch Fenton @mitchfenton88 previews this weeks big features in Melbourne. With confidence at an all time high he’s again labelling one a ‘good thing’ this time in the Newmarket.
Standby for the Australian Cup preview tomorrow!
|Race 6 – 3:50PM Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200 METRES)|
|Of $1,000,000.1st $600,000, 2nd $180,000, 3rd $90,000, 4th $45,000, 5th $25,000, 6th $20,000, 7th $20,000, 8th $20,000 GROUP 1 Handicap, Minimum Weight 50kg, Maidens at time of entry are ineligible, Apprentices cannot claim.|
LANKAN RUPEE (58.5KG)
Bounced back to his brilliant best first up in the Lightning thrashing Brazen Beau and the undefeated ‘boom horse’ Deep Field, with arrogant ease.
Has been weighted with 58.5kg, which has only been carried to victory once in the past 50 + years. (Hay List – 2013).
He was beaten fair and square into 3rd by Terravista and Chautauqua in the Gr1 Darley Classic at weight for age, during Cup week and he meets both those horses much worse off under these handicap conditions. Having said that his Lightning Stakes win showed he’s in much better form now then he was last Spring.
He’s earned the big weight through his brilliance and also shown his toughness time and time again. Prefer the two that beat him in the Darley Classic, purely based on the weight scale but it’s impossible to completely discount him, he’s a freak.
Comes here first up giving away a race fitness edge in the race to the other fancies Lankan Rupee and Chautauqua who have both had one run back this campaign, however he’s a first up “bomb” having won all 4 of his career first up attempts.
He broke through at Gr1 level in the Spring winning the Darley Classic defeating Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee over this very same track and distance. The only difference this time around is the handicap conditions. That sees him very well weighted against Lankan Rupee – he meets him 2kg better for beating him, however he meet the narrow runner up Chautauqua 1kg worse off for beating him only a short half head.
One of the world’s best he’ll be very hard to beat from the inside gate.
Ran slashing overall and sectional times winning the Gr2 1100m Rubiton Stakes first up at Caulfield, when he looked underdone and as though he’d derive a great deal of improvement from that run. Class got him home.
He really stamped himself as a super star during the Spring when he twice thrashed quality opposition in stakes races down the Flemington straight before being very narrowly beaten in the Darley Classic after being sent out a short priced favourite. He meets Terravista, his conqueror in that race 1kg better at handicap and for me the slight pull in the weights will make all the difference.
He comes here more seasoned then he was in the Spring time and I think he’ll exact revenge for the Darley loss.
Good honest sprinter who has been up for a long time without victory but has run a couple of decent sort of races in the process. Get’s in with the light weight but is outclassed at Gr1 level.
BRAZEN BEAU (52KG)
Won the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes against his own age group, over this track and trip in the Spring before resuming with a distant 2nd in Lightning Stakes at Gr1 Open WFA – Ran very well despite being safely held by Lankan Rupee.
Very well suited dropping to Handicap conditions and with 52kg meets Lankan Rupee 3.5kg better off than what he did in the Lightning. He’ll also be better suited by the rise to 1200m.
Should be very competitive and definitely isn’t with a hope.
Ran well behind Deep Field here in a Gr3 race during the Cup Carnival. That form can be lined up through the Lightning when Deep Field was well beaten.
Will lead most likely but on the evidence seen she’ll find this a bit too strong.
LORD OF THE SKY (52KG)
Speedy customer but well and truly outclassed in this.
WATERMANS BAY (52KG)
Terrific 2nd in the Winterbottom in Perth late last year, narrowly beaten. Was ok in the Lightning and will definitely be better off over the 1200m but I doubt she has the class to match up with the big guns here.
Has been competitive in 3 yo grade including a 2nd behind stablemate Brazen Beau in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over this track and trip during the Spring.
Carries the proverbial ‘postage stamp’ but I don’t think he’s up to this level just yet at this stage of his career.
TOP PICK: 3.CHAUTAUQUA – A good thing
EXOTIC BET: Trifecta — 3.CHATAUQUA to beat 1,3,5 boxed