A bumper nine-race programme at Flemington’s Victoria Derby Day on Saturday kicks off the highly anticipated Melbourne Cup Carnival for 2010, headlined by four Group 1 showdowns including the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
A sprint feature for three-year-olds not suited to the testing 2500m distance of the Victoria Derby, the 2010 Coolmore Stud Stakes field has attracted 13 horses.
The clear favourite in the Luxbet Coolmore Stud Stakes betting markets is Star Witness, the Danny O’Brien-trained Group 1 winner paying $3.80 in from their opening quote of $4.20.
Star Witness is drawn ideally in barrier two and is a super consistent colt well suited to the Flemington track.
Other runners at single figure odds in the open Coolmore Stud Stakes field are:
- Chris Waller’s Pressday ($6) resuming racing after a successful Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign
- The Peter Snowden-trained Soul ($6.50) coming off a third place finish in the Caulfield Sprint
- Classy filly Solar Charged ($7.50) who won the Thoroughbred Club Stakes last start and who has come up trumps with barrier one
- Consistent Queensland galloper Buffering ($8) drawn well in barrier four
The 2010 Coolmore Stud Stakes is scheduled as Race 4 at Flemington on Saturday, jumping at 1:20pm (AEDST).
2010 Coolmore Stud Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds
|1||STAR WITNESS||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||2||55.5||3.80|
|2||PRESSDAY||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||8||55.5||6.00|
|3||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Hugh Bowman||4||55.5||8.00|
|4||SOUL||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||7||55.5||6.50|
|5||GENERAL TRUCE||Ricky Maund||Dean Yendall||9||55.5||19.00|
|6||SHRAPNEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||6||55.5||12.00|
|7||NO HESITATION||Clarry Conners||Michael Walker||10||55.5||81.00|
|8||THE RUFFIAN||Lee Freedman||Steven Arnold||5||55.5||26.00|
|9||SISTINE ANGEL||Andrew Noblet||Craig Williams||11||53.5||12.00|
|10||SOLAR CHARGED||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||1||53.5||7.50|
|11||PARRIWI||Kris Lees||Jim Cassidy||3||53.5||41.00|
|12||CURTANA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||13||53.5||21.00|
|13||POTIONS||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||12||53.5||31.00|
*Odds provided by Luxbet and are subject to change