After the surprise result of last weekend’s Darley Classic, the Godolphin camp will be eager to see their representative Generalife take part in this weekend’s G3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Sandown. The Darley Classic was supposed to be won by odds-on favourite Chautauqua, but Chris Waller and his stallion Delectation didn’t receive the script and caused an upset. Delectation came out of the G2 tab.com.au Stakes where he and Generalife both experienced no luck inside of the final 200m, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Punters aren’t going to let that form-line burn them twice and have made Generalife the favourite at an attractive $3.50, just in advance of Under The Louvre at $3.60.
BONUS #1: $501 FREE BET BONUS at Sportsbet.com.au
1. SMOKIN’ JOEY – C Parnham (10)
Going well this year is the 8yo gelding, having won three of his nine starts including the two Group 3 events. Returns here off a three month break and looked ready to run well in a recent Cranbourne Trial earlier in the week. Not a flash fresh record but the 1300m of this event will suit and he should be finishing hard with the view then of heading to Western Australia.
2. FAMOUS SEAMUS – K McEvoy (3)
First two runs back this campaign, in the G2 Theo Marks and Premiere Stakes, where very good however wide draws have seen him struggle in as many starts since arriving in Victoria, finishing well back in the G3 Moonga Stakes and G3 Guvera Stakes – both over 1400m. Gets back as a rule but fancy given the barrier and last couple of runs, they may try and find a spot a bit closer to the speed than normal. Hasn’t placed in his last eight starts but wouldn’t be surprised if he did pop up to run well.
3. GENERALIFE – J McDonald (6)
Needed the run first up in the G2 Premiere Stakes and was luckless at his next and most recent start, the G2 TAB.com.au Stakes won by Eclair Choice. Climbing over their heels looking for a run inside the last furlong last start, a similar effort to Delectation who contested the same race before winning the Darley Classic on Stakes Day. Great form reference, perfect gate and form this year for a race like this is exceptional. Shapes as the one to beat.
4. UNDER THE LOUVRE – M Zahra (7)
Has been desperately unlucky not to have won at least one of his last few starts, having finished within half a length of the winner three times this campaign including a head second in the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). Started favourite for the G2 tab.com.au Stakes a fortnight ago but in a leader dominated race, was unable to make up the ground required and finished sixth (2.2 lengths). Form out of that race is excellent and given the way the track played, he can be easily forgiven for a rare blot on his record. Can bounce back here and deserves to win a feature race this campaign.
BONUS #2: $700 FREE BONUS at Ladbrokes.com.au
5. GRACIOUS PROSPECT – D Lane (4)
Returned from a spell and continues to race well this year, firstly running fifth to General Jackson first up in the Apache Cat at Cranbourne, before running third (1.8 lengths) to Malaguerra in an Open Class race last weekend at Flemington. Winner from last weekend is in form and he’ll get the right run from four but the WFA and stronger field will mean he’ll struggle late to hold off the challengers.
6. MISTER MILTON – S Wynne (4)
They’ve never shied away from the good races with the 7yo stallion but given he’s only won two of his forty-five starts – maybe the connections should have. Haven’t seen anything from his four starts this campaign, the most recent being when sixth in Open Class at Mornington, to suggest that the elusive third win will come on Saturday.
7. TADDEI TONDO – P Moloney (11)
Not a bad effort first up in the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes (1200m) behind Fast’n’Rocking and enjoyed the drop back in grade at his next and most recent start, taking out the BM 78 (1100m) at Bendigo. Has had a dip at a few stakes races in the past and always been a few lengths off them, this event is much harder again and couldn’t see him winning.
8. JAVA – D Dunn (5)
The 4yo gelding was in excellent form last summer and returned from a good break recently with two solid efforts in Listed races at Caulfield. First up he closed well to finished 3/4 of a length behind Fell Swoop before, from a wide gate, finding the lead in the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes as the 15/4 favourite, and struggling inside the last furlong to finish eighth. Ridden upside down last time out and can bounce back with good improvement here from a nice gate.
BIG BONUS #3: Deposit $1000 BET with $2000 at CrownBet.com.au
9. GLAXAY PEGASUS – M Walker (2)
Three of his five starts this campaign have been in Listed company and on each of those occasions, the 4yo stallion has vanish outside of the money. A few excuses could be made for him in some of those events but not enough to suggest that’ll he’ll win this WFA event.
10. BRING ME THE MAID – G Boss (2)
It’s been ten starts now since the Sebring mare last won a race – the G2 Silver Shadow from Memorial and Clover Lane – remember them? This will be her third run back this prep with the first seeing her lead the field into the turn from an inside gate when running in the G3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m) and sticking on well to finish third (2.4 lengths) behind subsequent Group 1 winner Politeness. Second start saw her again push forward but have to work hard to maintain her position in the G2 tab.com.au Stakes, finishing eighth (4.3 lengths) to Elcair Choice. Generalife and Under The Louvre come out of that same race but she meets both much worse at the weights and without a heavy track, can’t see her being able to get the better of either of those gallopers.
11. IN STYLE – S Arnold (1)
New Zealander with the impressive record of seven wins from only sixteen starts. He resumed from a long spell with a ninth (4.8 lengths) behind Politeness in the G3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m) seven weeks ago and hasn’t raced since. Won the G1 Railway Stakes (1200m) in New Zealand on New Year’s Day at the start of the year but even if she were back at the level, would still have a few here ranked in front of her.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Looking at his last start, his form at WFA over the past six months compared to most others in the race, the favourable speed map, it is impossible to go past Generalife here. Should’ve gone close in the G2 tab.com.au Stakes and should atone for that here just as Delectation did. Under The Louvre picks himself – his latest run, also in the G2 tab.com.au Stakes was better than it appears on paper for a beaten favourite. Famous Seamus, Smokin Joey and Java for the minors.