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Darley Sprint Classic Runner-by-Runner guide

  • Darley Sprint Classic Runner-by-Runner guide
Nature Strip

The premier sprint racing over the Spring Carnival is the Group One Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) down the straight at Flemington. A field of nine runners will contest the 2019 edition of the race. 

Here is our runner-by-runner guide. 

1. SANTA ANA LANE (5) - Anthony Freedman, Mark Zahra, 58.5kg 
The seven-year-old is still the best sprinter in Australia in my opinion. He was huge when underdone vs the pattern first-up down the straight behind Sunlight in the G2 Gilgai Stakes. He probably should’ve won The Everest, being held-up before flashing home in the fastest last 200m of the race (10.96s) and produced the best last start figure of the race, of 15.1L above benchmark. He should get every chance from the barrier with the race shape but is rock bottom odds at his current price.
Odds: $2.40 (Beteasy

2. NATURE STRIP (9) - Chris Waller, James McDonald, 58.5kg 
I was really impressed with the run of Nature Strip in The Everest. He half missed the start but used his electric early speed to lead and set a tempo of 10.2 lengths above benchmark to the 600m. Looking at the settling positions of horses that ran well in The Everest, five of the first six horses across the line settled further back the fifth at the 600m mark, with Nature Strip (leader) the only on-speed horse to be anywhere near the finish. He is undefeated down the Flemington straight and produced his career best figure of 19.2L above BM over 1100m down the straight. At the current prices, he is my top pick. 
Odds: $4.80 (Sportsbet)

3. ROCK MAGIC (4) - Chris Gangemi, Jarrad Noske, 58.5kg
Everyone was up in arms about how unlucky Bivouac was in the G1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) but I thought the 10-year-old Rock Magic was just as unlucky. He was on the rails behind Bivouac at the 250m before being forced to peel wide and he flashed home, running the second-fastest last 200m and 400m of the race. He is a huge price here and I’ll be having something on him. 
Odds: $31.00 (Sportsbet)
4. THE BOSTONIAN (1) - Tony Pike, Dwayne Dunn, 58.5kg 
He was terrific two starts ago in a high rating Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield but I thought he had every chance last start in the Manikato Stakes (1200m). I don’t think he is suited to sprinting G1’s and I don’t think barrier one will be the place to be. 
Odds: $16.00 (Sportsbet)

5. MALIBU STYLE (8) - Neville Parnham, Damien Oliver, 58.5kg 
He is a super consistent galloper and gets D.Oliver on board but looks tested in G1 level at this stage of his career. 
Odds: $51.00 (Beteasy

6. ZOUTORI (6) - Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Damian Lane, 58.5kg 
He couldn’t beat home Santa Ana Lane in the Gilgai Stakes (1200m) when he had the fitness advantage, I doubt he turns the tables here. Having said that, he should be peaking fourth-up on the seven-day back-up, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see some market support on the day. 
Odds: $17.00 (Sportsbet)

7. IN HER TIME (7) - Kris Lees, Brenton Avdulla, 56.5kg 
She went first-up into The Everest and that plan didn’t work out as well as Kris Lees would’ve liked. She can improve here but I’ve seen nothing to suggest she can beat the likes of Santa Ana Lane and Nature Strip.
Odds: $11.00 (Sportsbet)

8. ALIZEE (2) - James Cummings, Hugh Bowman, 56.5kg 
I was keen on her in The Everest and she had every chance and simply wasn’t good enough. She only ran the seventh-fastest last 200m of the race with every favour. Barrier two doesn’t look like the place to be, she looks unders to my eye.
Odds: $9.00 (Sportsbet

9. LOVING GABY (3) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Craig Williams, 51.5kg 
The narrative is that this three-year-old crop of sprinters is elite and she did win the G1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and she did beat Bivouac who beat Yes Yes Yes who beat The Everest field but that is a poor way of doing form in my opinion. She was blessed in the run in the Manikato, with Craig Williams giving her a 11/10 ride and she only just beat Vital Silver who had the tougher run. She looks unders. 
Odds: $7.00 (Beteasy

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Darley Sprint Classic Runner-by-Runner guide

The premier sprint racing over the Spring Carnival is the Group One Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) down the straight at Flemington. A field of nine runners will contest the 2019 edition of the race.

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