Tipping the Odds in the 2017 Emirates Stakes


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The 2017 Emirates Stakes will be Saturday’s biggest race at the Flemington Racecourse, with 15 participants listed, including a confirmed scratching. With an impressive $2million prizemoney up for grab, the participants will race over a distance of 2000m. So which horses in the race actually deserve your attention? We have exactly this question answered for you in this special 2017 Emirates Stakes Tips.

 

THE PRE-RACE TOP 3 FAVOURITES

Folkswood
So far this British gelding has only appeared in two races on Australian soil. However, following its impressive victory in its Australian debut, followed by a third place finish in the prestigious Cox Plate, punters seem to be very hopeful about the chances of this speedster rating it as the $5 favourite. However, considering the quality of the competitors in the race, the horse will need to be at its best to win the race. Expect a top 3 finish.

Gingernuts
This Rosehill Guineas winner surely has the ability to outpace any competitor on its day. With three Group 1 level victories in Australia and New Zealand, there is little doubt that Gingernuts is a horse with the real pedigree. Although the horse narrowly finished second in its last appearance, considering that it has had plenty of rest and time to prepare, this $6 rated Kiwi speedster surely has a strong chance of emerging victorious.

Cliff’s Edge
This Darren Weir-trained homegrown colt has displayed a lot of promising performances since its debut in May with four victories and 3 second-place finishes in ten appearances. However, the Emirates Stakes will be the colt’s biggest test so far as its debut G1 appearance.

 

THE UNDERDOGS

Happy Clapper
This Epsom Handicap winner has had a really good year with 3 victories and 4 second-place finishes in 9 appearances. On its day, it can beat just about any horse. A top five finish is surely a realistic expectation from this Aussie speedster.

Gailo Chop
This Caulfield Stakes winner can surely cause an upset victory this time around as well. However, punters may have been disappointed by its average show in the Cox Plate. But don’t write the chances of this Darren Weir trained gelding so easily.

Tom Melbourne
It surely wouldn’t be fair to label a horse with the pedigree of Tom Melbourne as an ‘underdog’. Yet, after another second place finish in the Cantala Stakes (its fifth in six outings), punters do seem to be doubts about whether this Irish speedster may be able to win a race anytime soon. But don’t write off this $11 rated horse just yet.

Odeon
Fresh from its victory in the Cup Day plate and a hand full of victories at different levels, Odeon surely deserves more attention from punters. Expect a top 5 finish from this Kiwi speedster.

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