Kingsford-Smith Cup Tips & Preview
KINGSFORD-SMITH CUP TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for Kingsford-Smith Cup tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm.
Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.
The Kingsford Smith Cup is the second of the major Brisbane sprints, coming in between the Doomben 10000 (1200m) and the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Three of this year’s field come out of the Doomben 10000, including Trekking, who has been installed at the $7 quote in early markets with ladbrokes, as well as Vega One ($15) and Pennino ($26).
But it is The Goodwood (1200m) placegetter, Gytrash, that is the $4 favourite just ahead of Savatiano ($4.50), who has had five weeks in between runs since narrowly missing out in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at the tail end of the Sydney autumn carnival.
Gytrash was resuming in the Goodwood and looked like he was in need of the run. The Gordon Richards-trained galloper settled in a midfield position and ran on steadily for 3rd behind Savatoxl ($15).
Gytrash is the proven performer in the field and the question might be as to whether or not he is going as well as his last campaign that saw him defeat Nature Strip over the 1000m when resuming before running 3rd to Classique Legend in The Everest (1200m).
However, the 1300m should suit and he went 14 lengths faster than standard when taking out the Yes Yes Yes Stakes (1300m) third up at Rosehill last October before heading to the paddock.
Gytrash has drawn wide but meets Savatoxl 2.5kg better at the weights for this run and his best performances have come going clockwise. Savatoxl sat on speed in the Goodwood on what was a slow tempo before kicking clear in the straight.
He went 6.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark and might not get it on his terms this time around as he has drawn barrier 14. Jonker is another speed influence in the race and will either lead or box seat from barrier 4.
Jonker ($13) has had nine weeks in between runs since placing 3rd in the Galaxy behind Eduardo. The Tony Gollan-trained galloper went 11 lengths faster than standard in that race, which are the best last start benchmark figures of any runner. Interestingly, he heads into this off a similar break.
Trekking has form around Eduardo and finished within a length of that horse in the Doomben 10000 when 5th but didn’t really finish off. His third up figures have been solid in the past but is has been more than a year since his most recent win, which happened to be in last year’s Goodwood ahead of Gytrash.
Savatiano has been strategically placid by the Godolphin stable and has had gaps in between her past four runs, winning three of those, including the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick in March.
The six-year-old went more than 11 lengths faster than standard that day and has gone more than 10 lengths faster in each of her past four runs. She should tuck in just behind them from barrier 8 and it is worth noting that she was a big winner at Group 3 level at the track and trip earlier in her career.
Others in the market include Imaging and Niccanova at the $15 quote, while Victorem is at $17. Niccanova took out the recent Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on a Soft track and left the likes of Trekking in his wake.
The seven-year-old was first up that day and went nine lengths faster than standard. Last year he improved 10 lengths on figures to rattle home for 3rd in the Stradbroke before failing to fire in the spring but he might be somewhere back near his best.
Imaging was 10th behind Savatiano in the All Aged Stakes at his latest, while Victorem heads in with five weeks in between runs since placing in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick. He defeated Niccanova in the Victory Stakes last year.
Of the rest, So Si Bon is a roughie to consider and has won two of four this time around. He has gone 8.5 lengths faster than standard or better in each of his past six runs and is well and truly in the mix.
The Melbourne galloper will sit just behind the likes of Savatoxl and Jonker. Expect Savatiano and Dame Giselle to be up there, while the likes of Trekking, Vega One and Niccanova will settle back. It will be interesting to see where Gytrash ends up from his barrier.
Kingsford-Smith Cup Tips & Verdict
Savatiano (best odds $4 with Ladbrokes) will be very hard to beat. The Godolphin mare ticks plenty of boxes and profiles perfectly for the Kingsford Smith. Her best performances have come off similar breaks and she will be poised in the front half on what doesn’t appear to be a high pressure tempo. The best roughie in the race is the often-maligned So Si Bon, who has been delivering with some strong figures for a while now and is another that shouldn’t be too far away in the run from barrier 3.