Top Tips For The 2017 Darley Classic
The Flemington spring racing carnival is all set to conclude on Saturday with some highly anticipated races. Among the nine races to be held that day, the 2017 Darley Classic and the 2017 Emirates Stakes are the ones that attract the biggest attention from punters. The 2017 Darley Classic will feature as the seventh race of the day.
The Darley Classic, also known as the VRC Sprint Stakes, will be run over a distance of 1200 metres with a prizemoney of $1 million at stake. A total of 14 racers have been listed to compete in the race. But which contestants are the most promising in this weight-for-age race? We have that answered for you in this post, so continue reading.
This 5YO was already the talk of the country in mid-October after winning the richest race in the world, the 2017 TAB Everest. This speedster has won all of its last 5 appearances and can even be considered as the star of the year. So, there is no doubt that Redzel is among the top contenders in the race. However, the punters surely don’t seem extremely confident, considering that it has been put only as a $4 favourite. With a handful of victories in the G2 and G3 level, trainers Peter and Paul Snowden will hope that this young legend grabs its first G1 victory as well with a win on Saturday.
Vega Magic finished second in the Everest behind Redzel by only 0.8 lengths. However, despite the hype, this gelding could only finish fifth in the Manikato Stakes. However, the punters still seem to believe that Hayes and Dabernig stable’s star can win on Saturday. Having already won the Memsie Stakes and the Goodwood this year, this #4.50 rated speedster can be expected to finish in the top 3.
This 7YO was once touted as one of the most promising horses from Australia. However, this gelding from the Hawkes Stable hasn’t been in a very good run lately. While it does hold some potential, it’s hard to see it beating the likes of Redzel and Vega Magic this time. Despite the $6.50 rating, expect a top five finish.
In Her Time
Judging by the form of this mare, there is little doubt that she has the ability to even the most champion competitors a difficult race. Yet, considering the lineup, it will take a miracle for this Benjamin Smith trained mare to emerge victorious.
This Stradbroke Handicap winner can also be considered a promising contestant in the race. However, considering its fluctuating performance, a top 3 finish would probably be the best that this speedster can be expected to get.