Small Field for Turnbull Stakes

October 7, 2017 by

Turnbull Stakes Heads Great Card at Flemington 

There’s plenty of Melbourne Spring Carnival action at the races this Saturday, when Flemington hosts Turnbull Stakes Day. The main race, a 2000m Group 1 classic for elite horses at set weights and penalties, goes back more than 150 years. There are four other high-profile gallops among the races on the card, so Kiwi online sports betting enthusiasts have lost of action ahead.

A tight field of seven has been finalised for the $500,000 Turnbull Stakes, so an upset could be on the cards. The favourite is champion 6-year-old mare Winx, trained by Chris Waller, getting a strong nod from bookies at around $1.20. But Humidor, ridden by Damian Lane and at odds of around $4.60, could challenge her, although the other five will probably need rough going to make an impression.

Gilgai Stakes Field also Quite Small

There are nine horses confirmed for the $200,000 Gr. 2 Gilgai Stakes over 1200m, with Spieth considered the most likely winner on around $2.50, despite a Barrier draw of 8. The 5-year-old new Zealand entire will have to see off threats from Silent Sedition, Bons Away and The Quarterback, but they are the only other runners priced at below $10.00, and none of them is offered at lower than $4.50.

The $200,000 Gr. 2 Edward Manifold Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1600m, in contrast, has a field of 16. The clear favourite at below $3.50 is Leather’n’Lace, despite a Barrier draw of 12. Anchor Bid, drawn in Barrier 3, is the only other horse offered at below $10.00.

Scratchings Reduce Blazer Stakes to 17

The Gr. 2 1400m Blazer Stakes for 4-year-old mares, with a purse of $200,000, has had its huge field of 19 reduced to 17 by the scratching of Oregon’s Day and Shillelagh. Joint favourites at $5.50 are Petition and Missrock, although the latter is drawn in Barrier 5 and Petition starts from Barrier 15. Prompt Response and Ellikazoom, both at $8.50, could also be a threat, with Euro Angel hovering at $9.00.

The Bart Cummings, a $300,000 Gr. 3 slog over 2500m for the stayers, has a middling field of 12 on the final card. Almandin is the $2.05 favourite, followed by Harlem, Amelie’s Star and Crocodile Rock; all of them at under $10.00.

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