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FEATURE PREVIEW: CHAMPIONS STAKES

CHAMPIONS STAKES

Track: Flemington | Distance: 2000m | Type: G1, Weight for Age | Rail Position: True | Current Condition: Good 4 | Predicted Condition: Good 4 | Prizemoney: $3,000,000

No rain forecasted so the track should be perfect for this big finish to the carnival.

Won in recent years by Zaaki (twice), Awesome Rock, Tosen Stardom, Trap For Fools, Magic Wand & Arcadia Queen.

HISTORICAL PROFILING (LAST 7 YEARS)

  • 3rd up (1), 4th up (1), 5th up (1), 6th up (3), 9th up (1)
  • 4-day break (1), 7-day break (1), 14-day break (4), 28-day break (1)
  • 5yo (4), 7yo (2), 8yo (1)
  • Mix of leaders and backmarkers have won, from a range of barriers and lead up races. But in 5 of the past 7 years the winner has settled in the first 3 in running.

SPEED MAP

Average tempo here with Zaaki expected to dictate terms up front at his leisure, with Prowess sitting behind.

Young Werther, West Wind Blows, Duais & Zeyrek can also take handy spots.

Montefilia, Buckaroo, Pinstriped back of midfield.

Huetor & Atishu out the back.

KEY RUNNERS

Zaaki – Has won this race the past 2 years in a row. Is a 9yo now, but has been strong again this prep not beaten far in all his G1 runs.

West Wind Blows – Two runs this prep have yielded an unlucky 2nd in the Turnbull Stakes and 2nd beaten a head in the Caulfield Cup. In the mix again here obviously.

Buckaroo – Came here with high class European form in the UK, Ireland & France. Was run off his feet in the King Charles but found the line late for 7th. Can improve sharply here.

Duais – Racing consistently well this prep. 3rd in the Underwood, 3rd in the Caulfield Stakes & 4th in the Cox Plate. Won the Australian Cup G1 over this track/distance.

Atishu – Last year ran 5th in the Empire Rose then won the Matriarch G2 by 2L. Ran 2nd in the Empire Rose this year. Can figure.

Prowess – High class Kiwi mare who won the G2 Crystal Mile last start. Can figure.

SUMMARY

Duais looks the one to beat off a superb Cox Plate 4th.

Zaaki a 9yo now but has won this race the past two years and is going well again.

Buckaroo is the knockout at big odds.

West Wind Blows, Prowess & Atishu can all win, but betting around them at the odds.

SELECTIONS

9 – Duais
1 – Zaaki
7 – Buckaroo
4 – West Wind Blows
7 – Prowess
10 – Atishu

BETTING STRATEGY

BACK: #9 Duais (WIN) for 1.5 units

BACK: #1 Zaaki (WIN) for 1 unit

BACK: #7 Buckaroo (WIN) for 0.5 units

RESULTS

G1 Big Priced Winners (Betfair SP Price)

2023 Australian Derby: Major Beel $53.63

2020 Empire Rose Stakes: Shout The Bar $32.60

2020 Melbourne Cup: Twilight Payment $28.26

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes: Daumier $23

2022 William Reid Stakes: September Run $19.50

2021 Randwick Guineas: Lion’s Roar $18.95

2021 Coolmore Classic: Krone $15.50

2022 Australasian Oaks: Glint Of Hope $13.55

2023 TJ Smith Stakes: I Wish I Win $12.80

2023 Lightning Stakes: Coolangatta $12.69

2020 Metropolitan Handicap: Mirage Dancer $11.18

2022 Surround Stakes: Hinged $11.00

2020 Manikato Stakes: Hey Doc $10.32

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes: Little Brose $10.24

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