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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Derby Day 2018: group 1 guide


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As we close in on the biggest week on the racing calendar Australia again finds itself in the throes of Melbourne Cup fever.

The lead up to the race that stops the nation however is anything but an appetizer with Victorian Derby Day arguably putting on the biggest show for punters, revellers and fanatics.

Often referred to as the Christmas day for racing aficionados, Derby Day is lauded for its calibre of racing, and that accolade will be paraded in three tantalising Group 1 races.

Kennedy Mile

A 1600m handicap race, the Kenndy Mile, previously known as the Emirates Stakes, has been moved forward to Derby Day. And what a way to announced itself to the punters. A tough open field looks to be shaping into a highly competitive affair, Toorak Handicap winner Land of Plenty looking the favourite. He’ll start off with an extra 2.5 kilograms on his back but that’s nothing Darren Weir’s horse can’t handle.

Runner up in the Toorak, Hartnell is nipping at Land of Plenty’s hooves. Boasting an impressive form coming into the Mile the veteran isn’t afraid to shoulder the heavy handicap.

Siege of Quebec and Cliff’s Edge are hard to split behind the two front-runners. Siege of Quebec impressed in the Epsom and improved in the Toorak. Cliff’s Edge comes in having won the Crystal at Moonee Valley last week and will ride that into the Kennedy.

Sircconi, an outsider who looks a good shout, is stepping up to Kennedy Mile for the first time this preparation and in four previous attempts has been placed once. Winner of the 2017 Group Two Sires' Produce Stakes, keep an eye out for this Gelding.

Coolmore Stud Stakes

Touted as the number one stallion-making race in Australia, the Coolmore Stud Stakes is always a draw card on Derby Day.

Blue Diamond winner Written By looks the favourite here. Boasting six wins of seven runs it’s hard to look past him. If that’s not enough to convince punters, the Colt has been trained solely for this race.

Runner up in the Blue Sapphire Encryption is tried and tested at this length. Sweeping the field in the Danehill and regarded as one of the quickest finishers in the race, Written By will have his work cut out for him to keep Encryption at bay.

Chris Waller brings stablemates Zousain and Lean Mean Machine to the table. Both performed in the Golden Rose, a reliable metric for the Coolmore, and will hold their own among the even field.

Empire Rose Stakes

The Empire Rose tests fillies and mares over 1600m, and this year’s field is proving the toughest to narrow down.

Fillies have claimed the past two runnings of the Empire Rose Stakes, with four comprising this year’s field.

Amphitrite put on a show when she came from last place to take out the Thousand Guineas. Catapulting through the classes to Group 1 esteem, this fillie is the one to beat come Derby Day.

Fundamentalist placed second behind Amphitrite at the Guineas and has since run impressively. Third placed Seabrook defied odds at the same race to round out the trifecta and is already a Group 1 winner at a mile.

The tried and tested Oohood has placed at Group 1 level three times, notching her first win in the Flight Stakes, another sound metric for the Empire Rose. She recently placed third in the Caulfield Guineas.

I Am a Star looks the pick of the mares coming into field off the back of some impressive results. Trainer Shane Nichols, who won this race in 2016, has done his work here and is she’s sure to have a great run.

Shumookh also stakes her claim with two wins from her last three starts with the only loss of her career at 1600m. That may prove dicey but it’s hard to look past her red-hot form.

AAMI Victoria Derby

One of the oldest races in the world, three-year-olds compete at set weights over a unique 2500 metres. $2,000,000 is online as well as place in the Melbourne Cup, as the showpiece race takes centre stage on Derby Day.

Waterhouse looks to maintain her dominance over the field with Thinkin’ Big, co-trained trained by Adrian Bott. He’s drawn gate nine and should maintain a healthy early lead into the post.

Aramayo the product of a Godolphin-James Cummings venture posted an impressive run to claim second over 2040m at Moonee Valley last week.

Satrs of Carrum and Savoie, round out the top four with the former claiming the Moonee Valley.

As we close in on the biggest week on the racing calendar Australia again finds itself in the throes of Melbourne Cup fever.

The lead up to the race that stops the nation however is anything but an appetizer with Victorian Derby Day arguably putting on the biggest show for punters, revellers and fanatics.

Often referred to as the Christmas day for racing aficionados, Derby Day is lauded for its calibre of racing, and that accolade will be paraded in three tantalising Group 1 races.

Kennedy Mile

A 1600m handicap race, the Kenndy Mile, previously known as the Emirates Stakes, has been moved forward to Derby Day. And what a way to announced itself to the punters. A tough open field looks to be shaping into a highly competitive affair, Toorak Handicap winner Land of Plenty looking the favourite. He’ll start off with an extra 2.5 kilograms on his back but that’s nothing Darren Weir’s horse can’t handle.

Runner up in the Toorak, Hartnell is nipping at Land of Plenty’s hooves. Boasting an impressive form coming into the Mile the veteran isn’t afraid to shoulder the heavy handicap.

Siege of Quebec and Cliff’s Edge are hard to split behind the two front-runners. Siege of Quebec impressed in the Epsom and improved in the Toorak. Cliff’s Edge comes in having won the Crystal at Moonee Valley last week and will ride that into the Kennedy.

Sircconi, an outsider who looks a good shout, is stepping up to Kennedy Mile for the first time this preparation and in four previous attempts has been placed once. Winner of the 2017 Group Two Sires' Produce Stakes, keep an eye out for this Gelding.

Coolmore Stud Stakes

Touted as the number one stallion-making race in Australia, the Coolmore Stud Stakes is always a draw card on Derby Day.

Blue Diamond winner Written By looks the favourite here. Boasting six wins of seven runs it’s hard to look past him. If that’s not enough to convince punters, the Colt has been trained solely for this race.

Runner up in the Blue Sapphire Encryption is tried and tested at this length. Sweeping the field in the Danehill and regarded as one of the quickest finishers in the race, Written By will have his work cut out for him to keep Encryption at bay.

Chris Waller brings stablemates Zousain and Lean Mean Machine to the table. Both performed in the Golden Rose, a reliable metric for the Coolmore, and will hold their own among the even field.

Empire Rose Stakes

The Empire Rose tests fillies and mares over 1600m, and this year’s field is proving the toughest to narrow down.

Fillies have claimed the past two runnings of the Empire Rose Stakes, with four comprising this year’s field.

Amphitrite put on a show when she came from last place to take out the Thousand Guineas. Catapulting through the classes to Group 1 esteem, this fillie is the one to beat come Derby Day.

Fundamentalist placed second behind Amphitrite at the Guineas and has since run impressively. Third placed Seabrook defied odds at the same race to round out the trifecta and is already a Group 1 winner at a mile.

The tried and tested Oohood has placed at Group 1 level three times, notching her first win in the Flight Stakes, another sound metric for the Empire Rose. She recently placed third in the Caulfield Guineas.

I Am a Star looks the pick of the mares coming into field off the back of some impressive results. Trainer Shane Nichols, who won this race in 2016, has done his work here and is she’s sure to have a great run.

Shumookh also stakes her claim with two wins from her last three starts with the only loss of her career at 1600m. That may prove dicey but it’s hard to look past her red-hot form.

AAMI Victoria Derby

One of the oldest races in the world, three-year-olds compete at set weights over a unique 2500 metres. $2,000,000 is online as well as place in the Melbourne Cup, as the showpiece race takes centre stage on Derby Day.

Waterhouse looks to maintain her dominance over the field with Thinkin’ Big, co-trained trained by Adrian Bott. He’s drawn gate nine and should maintain a healthy early lead into the post.

Aramayo the product of a Godolphin-James Cummings venture posted an impressive run to claim second over 2040m at Moonee Valley last week.

Satrs of Carrum and Savoie, round out the top four with the former claiming the Moonee Valley.

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