Coolmore Stud Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Coolmore Stud Stakes Tips & Preview


Looking for Coolmore Stud Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.



The Coolmore Stud Stakes is the first of eight Group 1 races over the week-long Flemington carnival and is always a highlight. It is the Godolphin filly, In Secret, that heads the market with ladbrokes at the $3.90 quote, just ahead of the Golden Rose (1400m) winner, Jacquinot. 

Buenos Noches and Coolangatta are at $7, while Grand Impact is another under the double figure odds at $9. Economics is at $14 ahead of the Manikato Stakes (1200m) placegetter, Best Of Bordeaux, at $18. Sejardan and Lofty Strike head the rest of the 17-horse field at the $21. 



In Secret comes in without a run since the Golden Rose on September 24 and was knocked over late by Jacquinot, who has since run 5th in The Everest (1200m) behind Giga Kick. 

The daughter of I Am Invincible settled handy that day but was bloused late. The winner, Jacquinot, went 10.1 lengths faster than standard and has since topped that mark by going 10.6 lengths faster than standard in the Everest. 

Three runners have achieved higher career figures and they are Grand Impact, Best Of Bordeaux and Coolangatta. That trio did that at their most recent starts. 

Grand Impact has won all three of his starts and went 10.7 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on a Heavy track back on October 12. He settled handy and was strong through the line. Lofty Strike was first up that day and did well to finish 3rd, beaten just under three lengths. He improved nearly seven lengths on benchmark figures when second up in the autumn, claiming the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m). 

Best Of Bordeaux also went 10.7 lengths faster than standard when 3rd in the Manikato. He led and was runner-up behind In Secret three starts ago at Rosehill before defeating Sweet Ride in the Roman Consul. That horse has since won at Moonee Valley. 

Coolangatta is one of four fillies in the race and defeated the subsequent Manikato Stakes winner, Bella Nipotina, in the Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley five weeks ago, going 12.2 lengths faster than standard benchmark. She has won two over the 1200m and placed 3rd in the other, which was the Golden Slipper. Best Of Bordeaux was runner-up in the same race. 

Hard to knock the form of Buenos Noches, who narrowly missed out behind Giga Kick in the Danehill Stakes (1100m) at Flemington earlier this month, finishing runner-up by a tiny margin to the Everest champ. The Matthew Smith-trained galloper from Warwick Farm produced the fastest last 200m and was a winner over the 1100m on protest at Flemington prior to that. He looks like he is crying out for the 1200m. 

That group of horses do appear to the the main chances. Queen Of The Ball is a roughie to consider and has firmed in from $61 to $34 in a matter of hours after acceptances. She was 4th behind In Secret three starts ago and might have a bit of upside. 

Sejardan was excellent at Moonee valley last weekend, defeating Sweet Ride and had excuses when 7th in the Golden Rose. Nettuno has been thereabouts behind the likes of Best Of Bordeaux, In Secret and Sweet Ride. 

Economics comes in with some different formlines having claimed the Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on September 24, going 6.4 lengths faster than standard. Hard to make a case for a number of others, who all look to be quality horses but this is a hot race. 


Going with Buenos Noches in the $2 million race for the youngsters. He has won two of four and had a stack of excuses when 6th in the San Domenico Stakes (1100m), while his other miss was a narrow one over the 1100m here behind Giga Kick. Form and benchmark figures from that race measure up, while I love the fact that he has had exposure at Flemington. Lofty Strike and Doull are the only other track winners in this race. The 1200m looks perfect and barrier 15 isn’t a huge concern. Value hunters should consider Lofty Strike. He has a couple of lengths to make up on Grand Impact but comes in with the fitness and should improve on a better track. He has had one visit to Flemington for a win on debut ahead of English Riviera, while those two gapped the rest.