Super jockey James MacDonald is confident that cult champion Nature Strip can make doubters “eat their words” as the two brows chase record-breaking Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes.
The Fall Racing Carnival continues on Saturday for the first day of championships in Randwick, and there are four—four! – Group 1 races for gamblers to lick their lips.
Nature Strip and the grappling Everest Giga Kick winner in the honored TJ Smith are some of the best showdowns we’ve seen in forever, but horses like Cylinder, Alligator Blood and Pericles are all star runners and are thrill machines for the crowd.
It’s a popular day for racing and fashion fans alike – but on the track for keen bettors, it’s one of the best betting days of the year.
Cult hero Chris Waller drifts into the bet at Group 1 TJ Smith Despite his lofty standing in the races, Bet Right CEO Anthony Waller says bettors are chasing value around the two favorites in the 1,200m.
A big day is expected for star Sydney coach Chris Waller on day one of the Randwick Championships
Nature Strip is poised for a fourth Group 1 victory TJ Smith for Waller, one of Australia’s most popular racehorses thanks to a sizzling spin of his foot
Championships are always a hit with fans both on and off the track, and Randwick is set to kick back again on Saturday.
“It’s a wonderful field with three horses vying for patronage,” he said.
Nature Strip continues to drift from its opening price of $5, is now $5.75, and will certainly be odds in every direction of the race.
The 2022 Everest Awards winner Giga Kick was well-supported and opened at $4.40 and is now a $4 race favorite, while the James Cummings-trained In Secret is currently second at $5.75.
But some professional gamblers at Bet Right want to be in others at longer odds.
John O’Shea’s “Lost and Running” is first, and we opened at $17 – but opponents are well supported at $13.
“Meanwhile, Private Eye opened at $10 and settled at $8.50, and I hope to win from Peter Moody’s stable was also well supported and reached $9.50.”
It’s now a mystery how we let the Giga Kick start at $21 Everest, and the now three-year-old former jockey Clayton Douglas won five of seven.
He may not have won on the last start, but his third-place challenge run was impressive with some absolutely stunning sections.
But McDonald says Nature Strip, which is chasing a stunning fourth win for TJ Smith, has a record that speaks for itself, and he was optimistic about the chances of the iconic runner Wooler.
James McDonald, who was pictured as the cult hero Nature Strip at a stage show last weekend, is optimistic about his runner’s chances of securing a stunning fourth win for TJ Smith.
The Winx scared them all away (they ran Group 1 races) but that wasn’t the case for Nature Strip. TJ this year is fall Everest Newscorp.
There is no doubt that Nature Strip was at his best in Lightning, but he was training really well and looking really good.
I’m sure he’ll do well and can make a few people eat their words.
“Whether that means it’s first, second, third or fourth, we’ll find out on Saturday.”
the Group 1 Inglis Sires It is for star two-year-olds, and the Godolphin Cylinder Sprinter may be the most impressive two-year-old of the season.
The colt certainly did not disappoint in finishing second when starting favorite for the Golden Slipper, running 200 meters very quickly to finish just one length behind the eventual winner, Shinzo.
Thus, punters are eager to stay in the action.
“The cylinder, after the second in the Golden Slipper, has been subsidized from $2.25 to $2.10,” Waller said.
“We believe it will break out to $2.60, we are happy to see it and it will be the best price all day.”
Cylinder, who is shot after winning the Todman Stakes on March 4, will start as the Group 1 favorite Inglis Sires
Cummings, who will have star jockey MacDonald on board, said he was not disappointed in racing the colt in Slippers.
“He was very strong on the line at the Golden Slipper in a high pressure six furlong event,” he said earlier this week.
The cylinder fired at the front at 300 and was holding the rest securely.
“He had the right grounding, he’s been bred beautifully for racing and it’s a very important Group One opportunity for this colt to establish his future in the List at Kelvinside.”
But there is certainly still a lot of value in the race, and Waller said a couple of long bets were spotted in the betting.
“There was good support from professional bettors at Bet Right for Melbourne-based Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s colt Brave Mead, which opened at $10 and is now back at $7,” he said.
If you’re looking for some in longer odds, though, the Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott Colts are both on the market with ample odds, Bases Loaded opening at $41 and backed at $26, and Butch Cassidy opening at $34 to Now sitting at $26.
Celebrity trainer Jay Waterhouse and his stable partner Adrian Bott have a number of sprinters on Saturday’s Championships, a number of which have been well supported in Group 1 Inglis Sires
Third set 1 today is Doncaster Milewhich is one of the highest quality areas we’ve seen in the race in recent memory – although this can be a nightmare for bettors given how open it is.
Fan favorite Alligator Blood is the heaviest weight on the market, but it’s our All Star Mile winner, Mr. Brightside, that really impresses people.
Since the All Star win, the Seal has gone from strength to strength, and with the legendary Zac Purton on board, he could put him in the perfect spot from the second barrier.
All Star Mile winner Mr. Brightside is the favorite in the race at $5.50, however there is still strong support for the Waterhouse Boat trained Alligator Blood at $9.00 and the Chris Waller trained Fan Girl ridden by International First Hoop Joao Moreira. Waller said.
However, due to the open nature and high class of racing, there is a lot of value to be found in racing.
The Golden Mile, despite a disappointing run in George Ryder, was well supported according to Waller, while a former international forward from leading Irish trainer Dermot Weld’s stable found some support.
Could James Cummings add to his burgeoning trophy cabinet with a win in the Doncaster Mile with the Golden Mile, well supported by the punters?
“The James Cummings-trained Golden Mile opened at $34 and was backed by $15,” Waller said.
“First in Australia, the Eustace-Maher-trained Duke De Sessa is currently sitting at $26 and has good support from professional bettors at Bet Right.”
The last Group 1 for the day sees another Godolphin runner, Pericles, headlining for Australian derbyMcDonald said that despite the beatings he had taken, he was optimistic about the prospect of winning.
Some have a question mark about his (Pericles) ability to run 2400m, but I say this. He ran nearly 2500m in the Victoria Derby on his fourth start in his first preparations and is now a more experienced horse.
I think it has improved since Guinness Rosehill. Occasionally got to him, he was so hyper in the show ring and took charge of me going to the barriers…but I learned a little less than one percent about him.
‘He has a beautiful portal to help him manage the trip right away. If he executes well, I think he’s the horse to beat. I love him like a horse. It gives you some feeling.
There is certainly support for Pericles in the market, Waller said, but Hugh Bowman’s Sharp ‘N’ Smart was certainly attracting attention on the back of two consecutive Group 1 wins in New Zealand.
Hugh Bowman’s Sharp ‘N’ Smart brought some first-class group looks across the trench
“Bet Right customers just want to be on two horses, being the NZ Derby winner Sharp ‘N’ Smart at $4.80 and the James Cummings-trained Pericles at $3.60,” he said.
The New Zealand raiders are sure to be the flavor of the month this month, and the pair offer fantastic value on the market.
“The Mike Morrone-trained Japanese Emperor opened at $15 and is currently $12 in the pot, while Elliptical opened at $17 and is backed by $13,” Waller said.
Meanwhile, two New Zealand riders were slated for longer runs, Filly Fidelity $19 and Andalus at $19.
The gates will be back in the first race of the day at 12.10pm, with a chance of a shower and the track getting softer as the day wears on.