Tancred Stakes Tips & Preview 2024

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Looking for Tancred Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2024 Tancred Stakes at Rosehill.


The imported galloper, Post Impressionist, is the $2.40 favourite with PlayUp for the $1.5 million Tancred Stakes ahead of the last start Ranvet Stakes (2000m) placegetter, Buckaroo, at $4.60. Despite his failure in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last weekend, Tom Kitten, is a $6.50 chance. Military Mission at $8.50 is the only other runner under double figures and is at $8.50. 

There are 10 gallopers in action after the scratching of Little Mix. Ashrun is capable of mixing it at the highest level and is a $11 fancy alongside More Felons. Bois D’argent ($21), Gear Up ($31), Athabascan ($34) and Kalapour ($41) round out the field. 


Post Impressionist is one of four runners that are on the short back up after racing on Golden Slipper day. The others are Buckaroo, Military Mission and Tom Kitten. They come out of three separate races. 

Post Impressionist stepped out in the Manion Cup (2400m) and settled back in the field before running on strongly to score from Manzoice. The William Haggas galloper went 9.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark. 

Buckaroo and Military Mission were 3rd and 5th behind the impressive Via Sistina in the Ranvet Stakes. Via Sistina has some world class form but it is hard to get a gauge on that race as they absolutely crawled early on. Buckaroo settled back and went 15 lengths slower than standard until the 600m mark, putting the accelerator on to eventually go 5.7 lengths slower than standard, running his last 600m in 33.34. 

His form since coming over has been handy and his best figure came when 5th in the Champions Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last year when going 10.9 lengths faster than standard. Military Mission wasn’t suited by the sit sprint and was 5th in the Ranvet. 

Not sure about Tom Kitten. Seems like he is forever running on. His best figure came in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), going 13.4 lengths faster than standard off a fast early tempo. He has been a tier below his age group this spring. 2400m looks like it will suit but I am happy to pass on the Godolphin galloper. 

Bois D’argent comes in with the best last start benchmark figures of any runner, having gone 10.5 lengths faster than standard benchmark when splitting Serpentine and Military Mission in the Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 9. He was 4th in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) at his last go at the trip and comes into this second up. The Anabel Neasham-trained galloper went 17.2 lengths faster than standard in the Caulfield Cup, which is a better figure than what any runner in this race has set in the past two year. 

Ashrun has had an injury interrupted career and comes off a last start win in the Pakenham Cup (2500m), when a class above his rivals. The Ciaron Maher-trained galloper went just 1.3 lengths faster than standard in that race but is capable of raising the bar and was 4th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) in 2023, going 16.6 lengths faster than standard. More Felons was 12th in the race that stops the nation but is worth thought in what is his second preparation down under after running on in very impressive fashion to take out the Parramatta Cup (1900m) when resuming on February 24. 


Keen on Post Impressionist in the Tancred Stakes. Visually, the five-year-old couldn’t have been any more impressive when winning at the track and trip last weekend and produced the times to back up his performance. No issue with him on the short back-up and we must respect the stable with the son of Teofilo wearing the famous Lloyd Williams colours.