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2018 Spring Champion Stakes Runners - Runner-by-Runner guide for the Spring Champion Stakes

  • 13 runners will contest the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) 
  • Our runner-by-runner guide
Thinkin' Big looks the one to beat.

A field of 13 three-year-olds will contest the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. 

Here is our runner-by-runner guide for the Spring Champion Stakes.

1. THINKIN’ BIG (7) - Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Tim Clark, 56.5kg 
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Thinkin’ Big does look hard to beat. His lead-up victory in the Gloaming Stakes (1800m) couldn’t have been more impressive. Irukandji got alongside him at the 300m but as soon as Tim Clark put the whip in the left hand, it was race over. He looks tough to beat but might be better on a dry track. 
Odds: $3.40 (Beteasy)

2. TARKA (2) - David Payne, James McDonald, 56.5kg 
Tarka boasts a victory against The Autumn Sun on a heavy track this campaign. That formline is obviously terrific however Thinkin’ Big did look to have his measure in the Gloaming. James McDonald was hard at work at the 600m mark, indicating that the rise to 2000m will be a positive. Barrier 2 is ideal and he maps well. 
Odds: $8.00 (Neds)

3. IRUKANDJI (5) - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, Tommy Berry, 56.5kg 
He has looked slightly outclassed in his last two starts behind Thinkin’ Big and Tarka. The 2000m is a concern, he looks better suited to a mile. 
Odds: $26.00 (Sportsbet)

4. ARAMAYO (1) - James Cummings, Tye Angland, 56.5kg
He took all honours in the Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle three weeks ago. He looped the field and was far too strong the final furlong, drawing away for an impressive victory. The rise from 1600m to 2000m looks ideal. My two concerns are the formlines from that Newcastle race and barrier one.  
Odds: $7.50 (Ladbrokes)
 
5. DEALMAKER (11) - Chris Waller, Damien Oliver, 56.5kg 
The only Chris Waller-trained runner in the race is Dealmaker. He split Tarka and The Autumn Sun on a heavy track last start and must be considered. The month between runs, straight up to 2000m is interested. Watch the betting for the best guide.
Odds: $7.00 (Sportsbet)

6. MICKEY BLUE EYES (10) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Regan Bayliss, 56.5kg 
I have plenty of time for Mickey Blue Eyes. He defeated the smart Prince Of Caviar over 1300m before winning again at Randwick on Saturday, defeating Gem Song who is on track for the Caulfield Guineas.  Barrier 10 looks sticky and he has never faced a wet track. 
Odds: $9.00 (Beteasy)

7. CLOAK (13) - James Cummings, Joshua Parr, 56.5kg 
Unplaced in two wet track runs and doesn’t look up to these.
Odds: $51.00 (Sportsbet)

8. VISAO (9) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Jason Collett, 56.5kg 
The Ciaron Maher-trained colt won a Mildura maiden and went on with it, winning a two-year-old handicap at Flemington. His return run at Moonee Valley was only ok. I don’t think he brings the best formlines into the race and is untried on a wet track.
Odds: $21.00 (Neds

9. HOME GROUND (8) - John Sargent, Jay Ford, 56.5kg 
He was only 3.35 lengths off The Autumn Sun on a Heavy track in the J.J. Adkins last preparation. His form this preparation hasn’t been good but I’ve seen worse $81 chances. 
Odds: $81.00 (Sportsbet)

10. PURPLE SECTOR (4) - John P Thompson, 56.5kg 
He won his maiden like Winx at Kembla Grange two starts ago and held that form with a nice third behind Mickey Blue Eyes at Gem Song. He is fit and gets to 2000m on the seven-day back up. 
Odds: $9.00 (Unibet)

11. MAID OF HEAVEN (6) - Mark Newnham, 54.5kg 
She has been good without being great this preparation. She is another who is on the quick backup and is in the race if she handles the wet track. 
Odds: $15.00 (Pointsbet)

12. FRANKELY AWESOME (12) - Kris Lees, Corey Brown, 54.5kg 
I have a big opinion of this Frankel filly. There was no money for her on debut ($6.50 out to $9.50) and she bolted in, winning by three lengths. She was $1.45 in a Class 2 at Scone last start and blew them away again. This is a big jump in class but the Kris Lees stable is airborne at the moment. She will be back from the barrier and providing she handles the wet track, she will be steaming home late. 
Odds: $8.50 (Sportsbet)

13. PANZERFAUST (3) - Paul Messara, Andrew Adkins, 54.5kg
Couldn’t have her on her run behind Thinkin’ Big in the Gloaming. Others better. 
Odds: $41.00 (Ladbrokes)


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