Earlier, after an underwhelming spring campaign that saw him unplaced in both the Moir and Manikato, the jury is out on Chautauqua’s status as the country’s best sprinter and he will be looking to reassert his dominance by making it back-to-back wins in the Rubiton Stakes (Race 6) over 1100m.
Dwayne Dunn was at a loss to explain why the grey lacked some of his customary dash but a recent trial display behind Star Turn left the veteran hoop feeling far more confident about his chances and he has come up pretty short in the market.
In at Unibet.com.au headquarters, where the Manikato flop allowed us to recoup some of our previous heavy losses on the horse, we reckon he’s been overrated a little based on reputation here and we’ll be looking to take him on.
Hellbent didn’t have the best of luck when squeezed for room down the Flemington straight in the Kensington Stakes a fortnight ago and at his best, this horse appears capable of mixing it with the favourite.
We were also counting on a strong showing from Mark Kavanagh’s Wild Rain, who won the John Monash Stakes first-up over this trip during the last winter and has an otherwise enviable record over the 1100m.
- Wild Rain