It’s All-Star Mile (1600m) Day on Saturday as the first-ever edition of the $5 million race headlines the action at Flemington.
While all eyes will be on how the new race unfolds, in Sydney there is Group 1 racing in the shape of the Coolmore Classic (1500m) with a hugely competitive field set to contest the fillies and mares race.
We pick out the best bets for your weekend.
OUTRAGEOUS‘ ($8.01 ClassicBet) form is lengths better than this field. He broke his maiden when defeating Tin Hat before running third, beaten a length behind El Dorado Dreaming and Oohood in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce. He ran nice fourths in Group races behind the likes of Aramayo and Leonardo Da Hinchi last preparation before failing in the Caulfield Guineas. He has since been gelded and looks a far more professional horse, judging by his recent jumpout at Flemington.
TALENTED ($3.01 TopBetta) is the best bet of the day at Flemington. The daughter of Snitzel stepped out at Geelong on debut and won impressively, defeating La Tene who won the Group 2 Sires’ Produce last Saturday. She went to the Talindert Stakes (1100m) down the straight last start and was very heavily backed, running second behind Microphone who has since franked that form, winning the Inglis Millenium and putting himself in the Golden Slipper picture. She has had that look down the straight and has drawn in the right part of the track.
Race 8 – All-Star Mile
The Chris Waller-trained STAR OF THE SEAS ($3.81 TopBetta) has been runner-up over 1000m and 1350m this campaign. On pace runners were favoured in his most recent start and it was a big effort to come from 9th on the turn and finish 2nd to Archedemus. Drops 5kg here and only has to carry 52.5kg which should see him charging home for Kerrin McEvoy.
Race 7 – Coolmore Classic
Team Hawkes should have some fun with SUPERNOVA ($4.21 ClassicBet) who was very impressive last start when making his Australian debut. He settled well back in the field and worked home strongly to finish two lengths behind Sondelon over 1500m. He won his maiden first-up over 2240m at Goodwood and then won a 2400m ratings 85 race at Doncaster before finishing runner-up to Charlie Appleby’s Ghostwatch over 2800m at York. He’s sure to improve over further this campaign, and his second-up record suggests he’ll improve on Saturday.