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SuperCoach Racing Round Two: Rob Sutherland’s magic metric picks

It’s a big week in SuperCoach Racing with huge points on offer via combined cards featuring five Group 1, five Group 2 and three Group 3 races.

And almost as importantly many of those races come at a bargain entry price with the fields limited to young horses.

So if you didn’t quite get your SuperCoach spring off to a flying start there’s ample opportunity to catch up this round.

And so, with the pep talk out of the way, let’s get cracking reviewing the field for Round Two and which rate the best in my metric.

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Montefilia (R) and Hungry Heart (middle green/white silks) both rate well in the metric for Round 2. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

For those who are new to this column, each week I rank the leading contenders that offer a, hopefully, winning blend of popularity in the betting market and cheap SuperCoach price.

To compare apples with apples I have added a weighting to reflect the different points on offer for Group 1, 2, 3 and non black type races.

Below I list the top-25 horses, run through the stable I have selected and then throw in a bit of bonus analysis on the jockeys too.



The leader in my metric, Love Tap, is not the favourite in the G1 Spring Championship but the grey gelding has done nothing but win in his four starts to date and was impressive last start when he led all the way to win the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill.

I’ll throw the favourite in the race, Montefilia, in too. The David Payne trained filly showed her grit when she ran around the entire field to claim the Group 1 Flight Stakes last week. She is the 12th best rated horse in my metric but I prefer her to the G2 options ahead of her and with a combined cost of $350K the two make a cheap G1 quinella.

Speaking of cheap G1 quinellas, I am pairing up the second best horse on my metric, Instant Celebrity, with the 11th best, Hungry Heart, as a one-two punch in the G1 Thousand Guineas. Instant Celebrity is a smart filly who has won all four of her starts the best being her dominant last start win in the G2 Tranquil Star. Hungry Heart was just pipped by Montefilia at her last start after doing plenty of work in the race and with any luck in running she probably wins here.

Next is Russian Camelot, a dual Group 1 winner who trounced his rivals, most of whom make up the field this week, in the Underwood last start. There are just six horses in the Caulfield Stakes and Russian Camelot looks a moral – he’ll be my captain.

Next are Swats That and Jet Propolsion. One will be my emergency, I’m just not sure which one it will be.

Swats That is my only G3 runner which has me leaning towards handing her the ‘E’, but she was very impressive winning the G3 Champagne at her last start and has just eight horses in her race.

Jet Propolsion is running for more points in the G2 Stan Fox. However, despite an even smaller field of seven horses it is a tight race with four horses under $7 in early betting and so I’m leaning towards the bench for the colt.

Roman Consul (G2) favourite Wild Ruler is well named as he’s a temperamental type but when brought to heel he has plenty of ability and that was on display with a last start win in the Listed Heritage Stakes. I have plenty of respect for the main challenger in the race in Doubtland and you could genuinely take either.

Caulfield Guineas favourite Ole Kirk is the seventh best runner by my metric and his blend of price, odds and impressive last start G1 win makes him near enough a must for mine. I have doubled up in this race again pairing Mo’unga with the favourite. The Waller trained colt is three from three including a good win over Jet Propolsion in the Listed Dulcify Quality at last start.

Orderofthegarter is an Irish-bred stayer on a Cups campaign. The Danny O’Brien trained stallion recorded his first Australian win in the G3 Naturalism at his last start and looks a class above his rivals here.


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It’s not the slam dunk ‘just slap it on JMac’ of the opening round hence an extended table. McDonald does have his usual quote of favoured runners but it is Damien Oliver who has the most single figure runners including two red-hot favourites in Russian Camelot and Orderofthegarter. The ‘POD’ pick looks to be West Australian Willy Pike and his balanced card of rides which features the well liked Windstorm and Ole Kirk.

I’ll probably go with Oliver at this stage though Pike makes plenty of appeal.

Originally published asRound 2: The SuperCoach stable the bookies pick

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