The Group 1 The BMW will be held as part of the highly anticipated Golden Slipper Day this Saturday April 2, 2011.
The $2.25 million The BMW is a standard weight-for-age race for horses aged three-years-old and upwards.
Run over 2,400 metres, the 2011 The BMW will run as Race 5 on Golden Slipper Day and is due to jump at 2.25pm (AEDST).
Tipped to win the 2011 The BMW is Maluckyday, who will be attempting to make up for his two fourth place finishes so far this preparation.
Maluckyday will be jumping from barrier one in the 2011 The BMW and will be ridden by jockey Jim Cassidy.
The Zabeel gelding, who was runner-up to Americain in last year’s Melbourne Cup, has won five of his 11 starts and is the $2.80 favourite to win the 2011 The BMW at Luxbet.
While Maluckyday is the obvious favourite for The BMW, a large amount of money is coming in for Robert Hickmott’s Linton, according to Luxbet’s bookmaker, Paul Vincent.
“In the BMW Stakes early action has been with the Lloyd Williams owned Linton which has firmed from $6.50 into $5.50 with bets of $8,000 at $6.50 and $5,000 at $6.00,” Mr Vincent exclusively told Cupcarnival.com.au.
Mr Vincent said that punters are trying their luck with some of the outsiders, such as David Hayes’ Laristan.
“Also tried at longer odds has been Laristan which has firmed from $26 into $18 with a bet of $3,000 at $26 (and) another of $4,000 at $21,” he said.
Despite the money rolling in for Laristan and Linton, Descarado and Zavite have been tipped to finish out the placings in the 2011 The BMW.
Descarado finished second behind Zavite by a nose in the 2000m Ranvet Stakes last start, and is sure to be a fast finisher again in the 2011 The BMW.
Zavite, on the other hand, has also shown that he still has cracking form, despite being eight-years-old.
The Zabeel gelding has now won 11 of his 60 career starts and has accrued more than $1.86 million in prize money.
Rosehill Race 5 Tips – The BMW (2400m) – Jumps at 2.25pm (AEDST)
Favourite Tip: #8 Maluckyday
Bets Place Picks: #6 Descarado and #1 Zavite