Australian Cup Flemington Tips


Race: Australian Cup

When: 10thMarch 2018

Where: Flemington Racecourse

The Australian Cup is happening on this weekend at the Flemington Racecourse. If you’re looking for some tips on this Group 1, look no further. On Saturday, Flemington will be hosting two different races which are the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap.

With over $1,500,000 up for grabs in the Australian Cup, many are highly excited. This 2000m event is perfect for strong and elite horses to race. With many expected to attend this event on this “Super Saturday,” let’s look at the top contenders of this race.

1. Hartnell

Barrier: 6

Trainer: James Cummings

Jockey: Craig Williams

Hartnell has created an incredible record over the past few years. This includes three G1 victories and seven minor placings at the highest levels. It is expected that it will be able to surpass his past performance or come close to those. Has always looked a 2000m horse. In the G1 Turnbull, Hartnell beat great gallopers such as Jameka, Our Ivanhowe& Happy Trails.

Although so, he may not be at his peak performance as he was when he won. However, he is still a favorite. The draw is okay and Hartnell’s potential cannot be ignored.

2. Almandin

Barrier: 11

Trainer: Liam Howley

Jockey: Damien Oliver

This 2016 Melbourne Cup winner seems to love Flemington. His best career performanceshave come second up (4:2,1,0). Also, he has a proven record of winning Flemington at distances of 2500m and further. His talent makes him another strong favorite in this cup.

Despite this, his gate isn’t exactly ideal. Therefore, he’ll require a peach from Olly. However, he should beconsidered seriously as a top contender in this race.

3. Ambitious

Barrier: 12

Trainer: Anthony Freedman

Jockey: Damian Lane

This is an imported horse coming all the way from Japan. When he arrived in Australia, he displayed one of the bestJapanese formlines ever seen. In fact, he’s run behind Japanese champions in Maurice and Kitasan Black. This alone speaks volumes for the world-class form that this horse has.

No one doubts how talented he is but many fear that his first run in Australia would not be as strong. In Cranbourne, his performance was only fair as the rider needed to ensure he would be able tokeep up with the field and be in the finish. There are still a few grey areas with this galloper as well. However, achieving a big performance in this first up will not come as a shock.

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