Darley Sprint Classic Tips & Preview
Looking for Darley Sprint Classic Tips? Our expert horse racing tipster previews the Flemington Group 1 Sprint and gives his best bets and predictions.
Darley Sprint Classic Preview
A small but elite field of sprinters are set to battle for $1.5 million in prizemoney in Saturday’s Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
Five of the 10 runners come through The Everest where Bivouac was runner-up to Classique Legend and Santa Ana Lane (6th), Nature Strip (7th), Libertini (8th) and Tofane (9th) finished further back.
Hey Doc comes into Saturday’s event having broken Nature Strip’s track record at Moonee Valley when taking out the Manikato Stakes (1200m) last start.
Graff was an impressive winner of the Caulfield Sprint (1000m) over Fabergino who also lines up on Saturday.
Standout was narrowly defeated in the Sydney Stakes (1200m) last start, and that race was run nine lengths slower than The Everest on the same day.
Zoutori has won his last two in a row including the Bobbie Lewis (1200m) and Gilgai Stakes (1200m) which are both down the Flemington straight.
Who will win the Darley Sprint Classic?
One thing in particular really stands out when doing the form for this race, and that’s Zoutori’s winning time of 1:08.38 last start.
That time would have won at least eight of the last 12 Darley Sprint Classics, and the only horse to have gone faster or equally as fast is the unbeaten Black Caviar.
In 2010, Black Caviar won the race in 1:07.9, and the following year she won in 1:08.3 which is on par with Zoutori’s last start.
However, two starts back, Zoutori narrowly defeated Tofane carrying two kilograms less than her and she now carries 2kg less than him making it a 4kg turnaround.
Both runners were first-up in that race and Zoutori clearly took a stack of improvement into his next run as he ran six lengths quicker in overall time.
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra seemed to have worked Zoutori out and have spaced his runs by four weeks which suits.
Jamie Kah retains the ride and can keep Zoutori perfectly balanced as he goes through his gears late and battles out a what should be a close finish between a few.
Hey Doc is arguably in career best form and is a Group 1 winner at the track and he must be respected, and Graff bounced back to his best last start under the guidance of Danny O’Brien, and he could be the knockout hope.
Bivouac is next best in an extremely open field.