Enhancing your odds at the Kennedy Mile 2017
Race: Kennedy Mile
When: 4th November, 2017
Where: Flemington Racecourse
In addition to the 2017 Victoria Derby, another race that’s been highly anticipated by punters across the nation is the 2017 Kennedy Mile, which will be the eighth race of the day at Flemington. With a prizemoney of $1 million at stake, the race will also see a really competitive lineup with representatives from several renowned stables. A total of 14 speedsters are scheduled to participate in the race with the odds looking really competitive.
Let’s look into the most promising contenders for the race.
Following it’s convincing victory in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Mooney Valley at the weekend, punters seem to be very excited about the prospect of this 8YO gelding. Lucky Hussler has had an illustrious career under trainer Darren Weir, with over $2 million in career winnings. However, its recent form (minus last week’s victory ,of course) suggests that perhaps it may be a bit risky to put your money for the Kennedy Mile. A top 5 finish could be expected from this horse, but considering its age, the rest time and its recent record, maybe Lucky Hussler may not be able to justify its $5.50 favourite tag.
Tosen Stardom has had a really wonderful tour Down Under, with 4 podium finishes and a G1 race win in its last appearance after clinching the Toorak Handicap. With ample time to rest as well as hot form, this Japanese horse may just be able to justify the punter’s trust in the race. At $6, the potential of this 7YO has been well acknowledged by punters, although we could even say that he actually deserves to have the favourite tag ahead of Lucky Hussler. Expect a top 3 finish from Tosen Stardom.
This Irish Gelding has proven to be one of the most consistent performers in Australia, since its arrival in the Summer. Minus it’s slightly disappointing performance in its last outing at the Toorak Handicap, this Chris Waller trained gelding finished second in each of its 4 successive races, including the G1 Epson. Tied on the odds table at $6 with Tosen Stardom, don’t ignore the chances of this speedster.
This Chris Waller trained superstar is more than capable of winning any race on its day. The winner of the Queensland Oaks and Schweppes Oaks could easily have been favourite for this race, had it not finished better than third in Toorak Handicap instead of the eventual seventh. Expect a top 3 finish from this horse as well.
Sovereign Nation: Despite the second place finish in the Toorak Handicap behind Tosen Stardom, Soverign Nation does carry the ability to beat its rivals this time around under jockey Regan Bayliss, with whom he also won the Graeme McMenamin Handicap in August.
Radipole: This 5YO Irish may come out as the surprise package of the race. However, give the quality of the opponents, expecting a top 3 finish maybe slightly ambitious.