A weekly betting play on the spring Group Ones

Doubtland is primed for a big spring
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The spring carnival is just around the corner and we’ve already been treated with the return of Group One racing – last weekend in Sydney and this weekend in Melbourne.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to trawl the futures markets for value in the hope that we can get to the major racedays with some ‘overs’ locked in.

The plan is to spend $50 a week and keep track of live tickets as we progress through the spring.

Here’s hoping for some futures fill-ups … 💰 🙏

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 25)It wasn’t exactly the resumption I had in mind for Master Of Wine at the weekend, with the gelding jumping an equal favourite for the Winx Stakes and finishing well down the track.

Despite his previous fresh record, we need to treat him this prep as a 2400m horse first-up – and that’s how he raced. If we do that, and combine it with the wide run he endured, we can forgive the performance; however, we’d want to see improvement next time.

As for this week, I’m again focusing on two horses – one who stepped out last Saturday and another who is nominated to return this weekend.




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$20 to win the Caulfield Cup @ $12 (Ladbrokes, or can Power Play from $11 to $13.50 on Sportsbet)
$20 to win the Cox Plate @ $11 (TAB and Sportsbet, can Power Play to $13.50 with Sportsbet)

This now five-year-old mare will undoubtedly be a key player this spring – she was enormous winning on the weekend and looks to have come back as well as ever. That was her fourth Group One win – she claimed the Vinery and ATC Oaks against her own age and sex at three, and also won the Tancred at weight-for-age level in the autumn.

She was slightly disappointing last spring (even though she won the G2 Hill Stakes) so I needed to see her reproduce her brilliant best before launching into her this prep, and that’s what we saw on the weekend. Trainer Chris Waller keeps flagging a Melbourne Cup prep via the Caulfield Cup and in some ways that makes sense – she’s had one run at Caulfield for a win in the G3 Ethereal over 2000m, and she’s won twice at the 2400m Caulfield Cup journey.

However, with two open age wins in 2020 at weight-for-age level, I’m not ruling out the Cox Plate with her again considering she attacked it last year off worse form. Either way, I’m keen to be with her wherever she goes and am backing her in both.


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