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Champions Cup Previews

All Updated Written by Chaos Rules 26Apr 8:51 AM 3YR Champions Cup Turf Sprint 5f turf sof

by Chaos Rules

26Apr 8:51 AM 
3YR Champions Cup Turf Sprint 5f turf soft 
$1,300.00 

MISSYJO (Bob Baffert) was a revelation once switched to sprinting, culminating in an emphatic victory in the juvenile turf sprint championship over 7F last season. She is unbeaten in all three sprint qualifiers as a 3yo (ranging from 5F to 7f) and must start a hot favourite to win back to back championships.

Dont Buddy Me (American Pharoah Stable) heads the list of challengers but does not look to have the raw speed for this.

Sompting Roses (Nemesis Stud) has finished second in all three qualifiers (twice seeing the back of Missyjo) and would appear to have preferred firm going. 

Courageous Heart (Black Cat Racing) beat Sompting Roses by 3L in a qualifier over these conditions and looks nailed on to give the favourite a lot to think about. She is certainly the one most likely to cause an upset.

Don Abascus (Ranch Hamburg) has done most of his winning over 1M and did not have the speed for this when last tried over 5F.

Fatalbert Tck (Kings Of Thrones) has never tackled so short a trip which suggests he is likely to struggle here.

Red Buttons (True Blue Stable) hasn't shown much this season though his run in a qualifier under todays conditions when beaten 3L and a neck by Courageous Heart and Sompting Roses was a good effort.

Boxer Knows Nothing (Black Cat Racing) should like the going and looks competent at the trip so is expected to go well without troubling the principles.

Grenade Luncher is the first of three entries from Anfield Road and this one dead-heated for third with Red buttons in the above-mentioned race. Sunnyboy was runner up to Missyjo in last seasons final over 7F but hasn't shown a lot this season and has no form over the trip whilst Maybe Later has done her winning in claimers before changing stables and switching to the championships where she has run with credit.

Buzz Bomb (illiterate bunch) completes the field and is closely matched with the principles and expected to go well.

ODDS: MISSYJO 6/4 FAV, Courageous Heart 5/2, Sompting Roses 5/1, Boxer knows Nothing 13/2, Buzz Bomb & Red Buttons 7/1, Grenade Launcher 15/2, Dont Buddy Me 8/1, Maybe Later 9/1, Don Abascus 10/1, Fatalbert Tck 12/1, Sunnyboy 14/1


26Apr 9:42 AM 
3YR Champions Cup Sprint 
7f (dirt -good )
$1,300.00

The contenders are headed by Bahia De Los Piratas ( one of three entries from Illiterate bunch) Her form is rock solid and running over ideal conditions has every chance of giving her trainer a well deserved championship success. Hand Of God has never gone beyond 6F but there is every reason to think that he will get it and be a major player here. Simply Still was a neck and a head in front of Hand Of God when beating Wee Willie in a qualifier over 6f fast. He is also untested over 7F but shows every likelihood of getting it.

Branigan (Ranch Hamburg) had comprehensively beaten Bahia De Los Piratas in a qualifier over 7F fast but had the form overturned albeit narrowly over the same trip on good ground. Must have a big say in this final.

Wind Box (Black Cat Racing) also untried over the trip and has a bit to find on 6F fast qualifier running back in March.

Wee Willie (True Blue Stable) is competent but does not quite see out this trip so a bigger danger looks to be stablemate Bloomsbury though that one has ground to make up on both Bahia De Los Piratas and Branigan.

Muggins (the first of three entries for Anfield Road) gets the trip really well and should put in a good effort but both Pharaoh and El Condor Pasa will struggle stamina wise.

Winkerwatson (Bob Baffert) has only fair form over shorter and won't get this trip either so is overlooked.

Rockerfella (makes the field for new stable Closutton Cognac) has no form over the trip but this expensive purchase expected to come into his own at stud soon enough.

ANALYSIS: With three very strong contenders Illiterate Bunch seemingly holds the key to this race. The question is do you go for the proven form of Bahia De Los Piratas or the untapped potential of either Hand Of God or Simply Still? Or can Branigan who set a scintillating time in the above mentioned race overturn subsequent form on this going?

ODDS: Bahia De Los Piratas 4/1 FAV, Branigan 9/2, Hand Of God 5/1, Simply Still 11/2, Muggins 7/1, Bloomsbury 15/2, Rockerfella 8/1, Wee Wille 9/1, Wind Box 10/1, Winker Watson 16/1, 33/1 bar

 


26Apr 10:33 AM 
3YR Champions Cup Turf Classic 1m turf soft 
$1,300.00

Topping the points table with three qualifier wins Don Abascus (Ranch Hamburg) is certain to be running this final instead of the sprint. He has posted some breathtaking times including two new three year old track records and looks certain to end up in the record books for wins/earnings in the future.

Kracken (Anfield Road) clear second on the points table can boast a qualifier win over Don Abascus at 1m. But that was on firm and the form has twice been reversed in top class races on soft, giving the 'Don' a clear edge. Second string No Surrender looks outclassed.

Spaniel (True Blue Stable) qualifier win over 1 1/8M (1800) and has proven vulnerable to more progressive sorts at this trip.

Jones (Bob Baffert) may prefer stiffer test and hasn't shown enough so far.

Cosmic Bulldog (first of two for Nemesis Stud) looks better over further but Nefertiti looks the real deal with a big say in this. She has ideal conditions today and the score is two-two against Don Abascus in top class races this season under these conditions. The similarities are seemingly endless with Nefertiti also boasting two new three year old track records. The record books beckons for this one also.

Kelsea (Lanes End Farm) has had just the two runs this season culminating in an excellent second to Don Abascus with Kraken, Fatalbert Tck, Nefertiti, Spaniel and Jones well beaten off over 1M firm. Although that qualifier took place fairly early in the season and was on firm ground, which may be her preference, it was an excellent performance and coming from a stable that knows the time of day this one needs to be taken very seriously indeed.

Fatalbert Tck (Kings Of Thrones) has run some excellent races this season and likely to take his chance here rather than the sprint final.

Silver Kitten (Black Cat Racing) has put in some solid efforts but needs to improve again to trouble the best of these.

Anayetaka Mtoto (runs for newcomer MJ Stables) solid form this season and put in a great effort when fourth in the last qualifier.

Chick Chiquita (illiterate bunch) needs major improvement to figure here.

ANALYISIS: A fascinating race in prospect with some seriously high class animals on show.

ODDS: DON ABASCUS & NEFERTITI 3/1 jtfavs, Kelsea 7/2, Kraken 4/1, Fatalbert Tck 9/2, Anayetaka Mtoto 6/1, Silver Kitten 7/1, Spaniel 10/1, Cosmic Bulldog 14/1, Jones 16/1, No Surrender 20/1, Chick Chiquita 25/1

 


26Apr 11:24 AM 
3YR Champions Cup Classic 1¼ m dirt good 
$1,300.00

After setting two juvenile track records and an unbeaten run of six on the bounce Horatio (Black Cat Racing) has picked up her 3yo campaign where she left off and is 100 points clear of her rivals after four wins and a second from five qualifier runs. Proven over the trip this one will definitely be a tough nut to crack. stablemates Champagne Nation and Silver Nation both have a bit to find to be competitive.

Bloomsbury (True Blue Stable) is the only horse to have beaten Horatio this season but that was over 1M and unproven over this trip he would be expected to take his chance in the sprint final. Stablemate Positive ran a good third to Horatio and Ride Of The Valkyries and looks set for minor honors again.

Ride Of The Valkyries (Nemesis Stud) has been runner up to Horatio three times this season, distances have varied from a neck to 1/2L so has chances of finally getting his head in front when it matters if everything falls right. Stablemate Alpha Male has solid form over the trip while Epic Adventure is untried but looks useful.

Bellaziva (Anfield Road) has some decent form mostly over a mile but looks a bit reluctant.

Bahia De Los Piratas (illiterate bunch) has very good form over 1M but would be expected to run in the sprint final over 7F as wouldn't get this trip.

Flash Bird (Closutton Cognac) has run well enough this season but is another set to struggle with the trip.

Super Duper (illiterate bunch) has decent form over the trip but might prefer fast going to be seen to best effect.

ODDS: HORATIO 4/5, Ride Of The Valkyries 6/4, Positive 5/1, Champagne Nation 6/1, Alpha Male 7/1, Silver Nation 8/1, Epic Adventure 9/1,Super duper & Flash Bird 10/1, Bellaziva 12/1, (with a run Bloomsbury 8/1, Bahia De Los Piratas 11/1)


26Apr 12:15 PM 
3YR Champions Cup Turf Marathon 1½ m turf soft 
$1,300.00

 

Rusty Walker (True Blue Stable) is top points scorer for the stayers final having notched up two wins and three seconds in qualifiers. He looks to have a big say in this unlike stablemate Belgium who has yet to show his best.

SANDRINGHAM (Anfield Road) is second on the list from two fewer runs and is unbeaten in three qualifier runs all over the finals distance with Rusty Walker behind on each occasion. There is no reason for the form to be overturned and his last run when unplaced can be safely ignored as he was turned out too quickly. Alexio is third on the list and has run well without looking a likely winner of this whilst 'third string' Man Of Means has shown more heart and looks the better proposition of the two.

Famous Model (Black Cat Racing) was last seasons juvenile heroine winning the turf marathon over 2m but on the limited evidence available she may not have the speed for this much shorter final. She is very closely matched with stablemate Rich And Powerful for whom similar comments apply and the stables main hope here lies with Boxers Thoughts who has run some excellent races this season finishing just behind the likes of Sandringham and Rusty Walker.

Ebony (Random Stables) also has very little form over the trip and probably would appreciate further.

Liverpoolfc and Costa(are runners for new stable K D S) have both put in some decent efforts but look outclassed overall.

Machine Gun Kelly (Nemesis Stud) completes the lineup and has also run well without looking up to this level.

ODDS: SANDRINGHAM 6/4 FAV, Rusty Walker 3/1, Boxers Thoughts 5/1, Rich And Powerful 13/2, Famous Model 7/1, Man Of Means 8/1, Machine Gun Kelly 9/1 Alexio 10/1, Belgium 16/1, Ebony 18/1,Liverpoolfc 20/1, Costa 25/1, 


26Apr 1:06 PM 
3YR Champions Cup Marathon 1¾ m dirt good 
1¾ m (dirt -good )
$1,300.00

Only ten qualifiers for this final headed byTwo Left Feet (Chaos Rules) This one barely gets the trip and is better on fast so his target here is just a place before attempting a career at stud.

Mundig (True Blue Stable) is second highest points scorer and is expected to go well. Expect a ding dong battle with Two Left Feet for second place.

Rossini (Lanes End Farm) has only run in two qualifiers this season, winning both after taking the gold grade platinum trials on his three year old debut. He is confidently expected to maintain this seasons unbeaten record in taking this final as he is head and shoulders above his peers.

Bryan Suits Heels (Black Cat Racing) has consistently finished behind the principles and it should not be any different here. Powerful Royal has even more work to do to figure and Famous I Think looks to have a mountain to climb.

Sharpy (Simple Soul) still a relatively new trainer for this one who needs to improve dramatically.

Giants Causeway (Nemesis Stud) will find this trip too far and stablemate The Death Trap who gets the trip will struggle to overturn form with several of these.

Special Forces (KINGS OF THRONES) set to struggle here.

ODDS: ROSSINI 1/2 FAV, Mundig 5/1, Two Left Feet 11/2, Bryan Suits Heels 6/1, The Death Trap 7/1, Powerful Royal 9/1, Giants Causeway 10/1, 33/1 bar

Season 15 Updates

Season 15 is just around the corner (May 15, 2019) and we've seen some dramatic events and features

Season 15 is just around the corner (May 15, 2019) and we've seen some dramatic events and features unveiled for the upcoming year.  We continue to see new stables come and make their respective marks on our leader-boards, many are competing for championships in their very first season!  Here is a list of important changes that have made their way to the game for the upcoming season.

  • Introduction of breeding awards and bonuses!
    • Breeding Awards / Bonus - this will be multi-factored. We are going to look at awarding a bonus equal to a fraction of the purse (paid in BC for now) to the breeding stable (non sales ring horses). We are also going to have a season long leaderboard that will begin season 15. Starting season 16 we will implement a cash prize to the stable that produces the most earnings as a breeder. [Note this will not impact purses or payouts but is an additional payout]
  • Complete schedule overhaul and revamp
  • Season long schedule rolled out at the beginning of the year!
  • Significant improvements on the cadence of opportunities for horses and improved earning potentials for horses.
  • Official introduction of Divisional racing which will allow for far more winning opportunities for older horses.
  • Championship finals have been renamed to Champions Cup

 

Championship Preview - Pt. 2

Author: Chaos Rules 29DecJuvenile Breeders Cup Marathon 1½ m (dirt - good)Purse: $1,300.

Author: Chaos Rules

29Dec
Juvenile Champions Cup Marathon
1½ m (dirt - good)
Purse: $1,300.00

 

Top scoring qualifier Rossini (Lanes End Farm) can be considered really unlucky to have won his first qualifier run when carrying a penalty he beat Two Left Feet by 0.01s with Basurero another 0.02s. behind. This means he now carries 4LB extra which he has not been able to overcome in his next two qualifier runs and makes his job so much harder for the final. Its not all doom and gloom though because Two Left Feet (Chaos Rules) has a preference for fast ground and may struggle to overturn the form on this slower going and Basurero (Illiterate Bunch) has since gone on to win a qualifier meaning that they reoppose on the same terms so no reason Rossini cannot confirm form with these two.


Dark Persona (Chaos Rules) gallops all over his stablemates at home but despite a qualifier win over further doesn't seem to sparkle on the track. Stablemate Dawn Of Empire is the opposite only coming to life on the track and her last qualifier run gives her a slight edge over both Rossini and Basurero.


Pulpit (Random Stables) One would assume that this one does not have the pace for 1 & 1/2M for trainer to allow it to be penalized for a progress win.


Southern Light (Illiterate Bunch) has put in some pleasing efforts and should give a good account but stablemate Cruz De Navajas hasn't shown enough to be seriously considered here.


GIANTS CAUSEWAY (Nemesis Stud) fits the profile of the stables previous championship winners being lightly raced, and progressive sorts. No surprise for this one to add another trophy to the overflowing cabinet.


Bryan Suits Heels (Black Cat Racing) recent maiden winner in a quick time ,running into form and cannot be easily dismissed here. Stablemate Powerful Royal worked hard to make this final but would need to show massive improvement to get involved in the finish.


Polarshift (Kings Of Thrones) also needs to step up on previous form to be competitive.

ODDS: GIANTS CAUSEWAY 5/2 FAV, Dawn Of Empire 5/1, Rossini 6/1, Two Left Feet 13/2, Basurero 7/1, Bryan Suits Heels 15/2, Southern Light 8/1, Polarshift 9/1, Cruz De Navajas 10/1, Dark Persona 12/1, Powerful Royal 16/1, Pulpit 20/1

Championship Preview - Pt. 1

Author: Chaos Rules 29Dec 8:27 AM SOK W0+ ; Juvenile Juvenile Breeders Cup Turf Sprint 7f

Author: Chaos Rules

29Dec 8:27 AM 
Juvenile Champions Cup Turf Sprint 
7f (turf -soft )
Purse: $1,300.00



After 5 qualifier runs Courageous Heart, (Black Cat Racing), has a record breaking 101 points in qualifying for this final but lacks the stamina for this race as does Unusual Caviar (Coyr).


Fatalbert Tck (Kings Of Thrones) runs over ideal conditions and despite a 2LB penalty we may not have seen the best of this one yet. Stablemate Monteray won't last home.


Lightly raced Sunnyboy (Ranch Hamburg) should confirm superiority over Fatalbert Tck and has strong claims here but the same stables Roeisha and Don Abascus both look to have increasingly tougher tasks.


Marcus Brutus (Nemesis Stud) escapes a penalty for his qualifier win but needs to improve again to win this. (Correction: maiden win coming in a qualifier means he does incur a penalty which compromises his chance here)


MISSYJO (Bob Baffert) has shown top form since being switched to sprinting and looks like the one they all have to beat here.
Misterbill (Anfield Rd) is one of only two sales ring horses to make this final. He has good form over the trip and is certain to see it out well but may not quite be good enough.


P.C. (Lanes End Farm) also lacks stamina for this.


Surpreyes Package (Rubi Rocks) is the other sales ring horse and this one has looked reluctant at times taking eleven runs to break its duck and that win coming on dirt instead of todays turf.

ODDS: MISSYJO 5/2 FAV, Sunnyboy 7/2, Fatalalbert Tck 5/1, Marcus Brutus 6/1, Misterbill 8/1, Roeisha 9/1, Don Abascus 10/1, Surpreyes Package 14/1, 20/1 bar.

Juvenile's Turn Promise Into Reality

Sprinters Illiterate bunch has two horses sitting a top the juvenile dirt sprint championship standi

Sprinters

Illiterate bunch has two horses sitting a top the juvenile dirt sprint championship standings in Simply Still and Piel Roja

 

In the latest dirt sprint qualifier Piel Roja pulled away in the stretch for a solid neck win over the competition.  This gelding has 2 wins out of three starts and has a win a both 6 and 7 furlongs.  He's a sales ring horse out of Indian Charlie and looks to follow in the steps of Lucky Jake and Paul Simon before him.

 

Classics

 In the dirt division there are two winners sitting in pole position: Darbee (Harlan's Holiday) from King of Thrones; and Ride of the Valkyries (Ride on Curlin x Evita) from Nemesis Stud.  This looks like, as it always is, it's going to be a competitive division.  With the final being contested over a mile it may change the dynamics a bit with Darbee holding the 2nd and 3rd fastest time this season for the group.

Stayers

 The turf stayers has a horse topping the leaderboard with two qualifier victories to her name already in Rich and Powerful (Fame and Power x Beebe) out of Black Cat Racing's barn.  She cost a mere $21 to bring to life and is a perfect three for three and already has a lifetime earnings just shy of $150.  What a value!

True Blue Stables goes 1-2 in a promising maiden race

https://www.sportofkings.us/race_details.aspx?results=true&RaceID=179966   Double Sudan fli

https://www.sportofkings.us/race_details.aspx?results=true&RaceID=179966

 

Double Sudan flies down the stretch to beat stablemate Chase for True Blue Stables.  Chase controlled the pace of the race and looked a good value coming into the stretch but his stable mate got the better of him just in time.  It took Double Sudan 6 tries to break his maiden but after coming through this horses looks like he can win just about any race if he gets the right setup.

Platinum Trials Classic lives up to the billing

In a $400 race that was sure to attract a top field we saw a home bred grey horse with only one life

In a $400 race that was sure to attract a top field we saw a home bred grey horse with only one lifetime win get the jump on his competition to claim the massive purse.  Ranch Hamburg sent Waldpark into the deep end to face classy horses such as Quality Drama and Soft as Ice.  Waldpark who had been winless in his last five attempts was hot on the betting board, despite trying the surface for the first time, and backed it up with a good win.  The resulting time makes one wonder just how strong this field really was, only time will tell.

 

  

 

Season 11 Recap

I just wanted to provide everyone with a status update of just how successful season 11 was for the

I just wanted to provide everyone with a status update of just how successful season 11 was for the site. 

While we essentially broke even in terms of profitability we were able to pay out over $22,000 in non-bonus earnings last season alone! That's a whopping 78% increase in prize money from the previous season. That puts us on target to potentially break 100k for 2018 which is a huge step forward for the site. 

 


The championship series is an astounding value for players at this point in time.
There were $900 in tokens used last season to enter the various qualifiers along with $1,300 in nominations for a total of $2,200 used towards the series. That's roughly 22% of the $10,029.55 that was paid out, simply an outstanding value and a great reason for anyone to get involved.


Top Stable
 Anfield Road $6,717  

Horse Data
We had the largest two year old crop of horses since changing to a subscription format with 1581 sales ring horses and 720 home breds (2301). The homebreds earned an average of $12.99 with a whopping $29.88 per starter! Those are massive numbers when you consider most of those horses have at least 2 more seasons of racing to go. You will not find another site with those kind of figures.


Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to continuing to improve what we can offer you as an entertainment experience.

Champions Cup Preview: Senior Sprint

-by Anfield Road [View Race] Qualifier Standings Rank   Runs Points   #1  F

-by Anfield Road

[View Race]

Qualifier Standings

Rank   Runs Points  
#1  Fantastic Light Nemesis Stud 3 18
#2  Wind Energy Black Cat Racing 3 17
#3 Energetic Chant Black Cat Racing 3 13
#4 Empress Of Sage Anfield Road 1 7  
#4 Awesome Venture Nemesis Stud 2 7
#6  Rubis Preacherman Ranch Hamburg 2 6
#7  Union City Blues Nemesis Stud 2 4
#7 Claires Zoomer Rubi Rocks 2 4

 

Previous Winner: RACE NOT RUN

With just 2 outstanding runners, this race is open to all the field to push for the money. All bar one horse running off 126lb makes it very interesting and a challenge to pick the winners!


4 yr Rubis Preacherman Ranch Hamburg 4 - 4 - 2 - 6 – 6
Carrying 126lb
Recently acquired from the Stable manager, Rubi only had to run in 1 qualli to get a bonus for this horse. A 4-year-old already run in 36 races with just 3 wins shows how difficult he has found it at this level. Never far away, but agonisingly always falls short. Having owned this horse, I was always under the impression he just didn’t have the desire or heart to get his nose in front. He will be there about, close, but no cigar!!

8 yr Fantastic Light Nemesis Stud 2 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 3
Carrying 128lb
A very likeable horse, which is unfortunately gelded,
so this will be his last race. As with all stalwarts, we all wish for that final hooray and I feel he still has the class to complete this mission. With only an additional 2lb on his back I see no reason for him to falter against a field he has beaten on a few occasions this season. Such a shame his best form comes at the end of his career, but looking back, he has mixed with the best horses this site has to offer.

5 yr Awesome Venture Nemesis Stud 7 - 1 - 3 - 6 – 3
Carrying 126lb
Second from the top stable of Nemesis Stud. A decent run last time out shows she is capable of putting in a good performance. She will be toward the front all the way and if things drop right she has a small squeak at winning but more realistic for the places.

5 yr Union City Blues Nemesis Stud 6 - 4 - 1 - 6 – 4
Carrying 126lb
Very similar to Awesome Venture and from the same stable. Always there about without taking charge. Runs the complete opposite to the mentioned horse in that she loves to remain at the rear and use the final 2 sections to close. Her finishes are under 12 seconds, which means she usually runs out of track at the line. May be worth trying 1600 for her in the future

4 yr Claires Zoomer Rubi Rocks 6 - 5 - 7 - 2 – 3
Carrying 126lb
Decent enough in graded races but struggles at this level. Looks a better turf horse but earnt the right to be in the final. Again, can’t see her troubling the main protagonists.

8 yr Energetic Chant Black Cat Racing 3 - 5 - 3 - 2 – 5
Carrying 126lb
Another 8year old that seems to have found life at the top end of his career easier than the beginning. Very competitive in this year’s qualifying races, and although only 5th last time out he was only half a length away, so given a better ride or a little more luck in running he could well be in the reckoning at the line. Looking at his sections, I can’t help but think he struggles with the final 200M and loses his races there, so he needs to save a little to get anything from this.

8 yr Wind Energy Black Cat Racing 6 - 2 - 3 - 1 – 5
Carrying 126lb
Yet again, another nice horse finding his hooves at the twilight of his career. Results of 3rd, 2nd and then 1st in 3 quallies show he has to be respected and one of the favourites for thus race. Wind energy is going to lead all the way and pray the finishing line comes before the onslaught!! His 3 races show his final splits of exactly 12 seconds, meaning he holds his form all the way to the line and it will be up to the others to finish faster than him!!

Predictions

Wind Energy
Fantastic Light
Energetic Chant

Champions Cup Preview: Senior Turf Mile

-by Anfield Road [View Race] Qualifier Standings Rank   Runs Points   #1  O

-by Anfield Road

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Qualifier Standings

Rank   Runs Points  
#1  One Fast Cat Lanes End Farm 3 14
#1  Kookoolachoo Lanes End Farm 3 14
#3  Dominator Nemesis Stud 2 12
#4  Top Cat Bob Baffert 2 8
#5  Tango Kat Nemesis Stud 2 7
#5  Pope In Heels Bob Baffert 2 7
#7 Lets Sprint Green As Grass 1 3  
#7  Quality Hat Bob Baffert 2 3
#9  Rainbow Quest Anfield Road 2 2

 

Previous Winner: Pope in Heels, Bob Baffert
With the field having won over $2400 this is a quality race and the result will come down to small details. Really looking forward to this one!!! There are just 4lbs between top and bottom weight, but the field are so closely matched it be the deeming factor. 

5 yr Quality Hat Bob Baffert 1 - 2 - 6 - 7 – 6
CARRYING 127lbs
In the money in 4 of his 5 qualifying races, winning one along the way. Not quite on the same level of consistency as a couple of these and appears that additional weight goes against his running style, so he may miss out on top prize. However, he holds his form right up to the line and has swapped places with several of these so can easily come out on top with a decent run. Loves to run up with the pace, he will give himself a chance come the end.

4 yr Top Cat Bob Baffert 1 - 6 - 4 - 2 – 3
CARRYING 127lbs
Not felt the winning feeling since October last season but has still amassed a nice $370 in prize money. This seasons form has dropped a level and he doesn’t look like he will be competing at the end. He may be retiring after this race if he doesn’t pick his form up again.

4 yr One Fast Cat Lanes End Farm 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 – 1
CARRYING 130lbs
Winner of the 3-year-old final, this is a top-quality animal carrying top weight. Won an amazing $660, winning 9 out of 14 races. To confirm this horses’ stature, she is the 5th ranked horse currently running on the site. Won her last race by just a neck last time out, over this distance and going, will the 1lb make a difference this time around? A few of these finalists have beaten each other over the season, but I would make her my favourite today.

4 yr Kookoolachoo Lanes End Farm 3 - 7 - 1 - 5 – 2
CARRYING 127lbs
Winning over $400, this mare has talent and over this distance and going has the beating of some of these. So closely matched with the rest, she will challenge One Fast Cat for the lead, where I hope they don’t blow each other out as I am expecting a blanket finish and a possible dead heat. This race really does depend on who leads and sets the fractions and who can handle just a little more weight.


4 yr Dominator Nemesis Stud 3 - 3 - 2 - 2 – 1
CARRYING 126lbs
Only finished out of the money on 1 occasion in 14 races, earning over $350. Again, his recent form has seen him take on the same horses and proving to be among the best of them at this level. His trainer has given him every chance of a win by getting him to the final off bottom weight and that could quite easily be the difference between these animals. Has the endurance to run further so his stamina wont be tested but will he use it to his benefit? Will sit mid pack and close like the preverbal express train, almost a half second faster than some of the others, will he be close enough to benefit from that kick?


4 yr Tango Kat Nemesis Stud 1 - 7 - 3 - 2 – 5
CARRYING 126lbs
$554 in earnings and an overall rank of 8th shows just what a top-quality mare this is. Her trainer has once again been astute and run her in just 3 races this season and more importantly ensuring she doesn’t carry any additional weight in the final. She won last season turf sprint final, her trainer chose to go the classic route this season. I don’t think she is quite as good at 1600 as some of these and may be tapped for speed at the end.

Predictions

Wow how hard is this race to predict!!!!
One Fast Cat
Kookoolachoo
Dominator