Worth a closer look…

The ThoroughbredNEWS team look at different aspects of the form ahead of another great weekend of domestic action. There may or may not be winners, but there are definitely some interesting points of view worth a closer look…

Odds with as at Friday 8.00am. Race times are all Australian Eastern Standard Time

Randwick Race 2 - 11:35am Schweppes Bm72 Handicap (1600m)

It is usual for the Godolphin runners to have names befitting their forebears and INDIFFERENCE is no exception with the three-year-old Kermadec gelding being out of the Quest For Fame mare Insouciance. His breeding talks distance and maturity with a hearty dose of patience. The stable have started Indifference just the four times and the last two runs have rewarded them with two wins. The first at Goulburn over 1300m by 4L with Kerrin McEvoy up and 59kg, the second was at Newcastle over 1400m with apprentice Zac Lloyd up, 58kg and a 1/2L margin. Both were on Heavy rated tracks and to town Indifference comes with a much better track rating on Saturday, a step up to 1600m and 56kg under McEvoy. - RB Odds: $4.40

Eagle Farm Race 4 - 1:28pm Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m)

ESTI FENY (HUN) can step up to the plate in this Group 3 event and put Hungarian racing ‘on the map’ if running right up to his last start fourth behind Numerian (Ire) in the $1.2 million Q22 at Weight-For-Age. Prominent throughout, the six-time winner in his native country finished within two lengths of Numerian (Ire) on that occasion and alongside the likes of Kolding (NZ) and Yonkers (USA) from the Chris Waller stable. A winner of the Budapest St Leger over 2800m in October 2018, Esti Feny (Hun) should not have any problem stepping up in distance from the Q22 and looks certain to fight out the finish with 4kg less to shoulder. - PF Odds: $2.40

Randwick Race 6 - 1:55pm Furphy Stayer’s Cup (2600m)

There is just one Australian bred in the Stayer’s Cup and it is FINNEY. This has to be the omen bet of the weekend. Rodney Bailey’s five-year-old Sebring gelding comes to town after a second in the Benchmark 64 over 2600m at Gosford on June 9th. All well and good, however, consider this, that Finney is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Stage Performer and he will be ridden by none other than racing’s television singer and performer extraordinare, Robbie Dolan. Add in the minimum weight of 52kg and we will take the Irishman’s talent on a horse with a name that could come from his home country, but bred in his adopted country. - RB Odds: $41.00

Caulfield Race 5 - 2:10pm Neds Same Race Multi Handicap (1600m)

In one of the most fascinating events of the day with almost half of the 16 likely starters untapped European imports with plenty of upsides, BLUE CUP (FR) is a must-watch worth following going forward. Raced by prominent Victorian owner Gerry Ryan and Queensland State of Origin legend Billy Slater in the UK, this lightly-raced 6-year-old has surfaced in the Maher-Eustace stable and could really make an impact over the coming months. Two efforts by Blue Cup (Fr) at Epsom at the beginning of 2021 were outstanding and he’s a very interesting addition to the domestic middle-distance ranks — especially if he reproduces anything like that form for his new stable on Saturday or later in his preparation. - PF Odds: $23.00

Randwick Race 8 - 3:05pm Chandon Civic Stakes (1400m)

DAWN PASSAGE flopped badly at his previous outing but can give his supporters a big show for their money if he replicates his performance in the $440,000 The Archer at Rockhampton first-up from a spell. A pop-up event on the Queensland racing calendar, the contest saw this talented 5-year-old finish third behind Emerald Kingdom and Apache Chase, with Holyfield claiming fourth. Of course, Apache Chase subsequently came out and won at Group 1 level (Kingsford-Smith) while Holyfield scored in last weekend’s Listed Eyeliner at Ipswich. Based on the efforts of those two gallopers, Dawn Passage is definitely a winning chance in a good looking renewal of the Civic Stakes. - PF Odds: $8.00


Hanshin - Race 11 - 4.40pm AEST Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m)

One of the Japanese races that Victoria’s All-Star Mile is named after with  racing fans voting for the horses they want to see competing against each other. Not surprisingly TITLEHOLDER was at the top of the fans poll after the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) winner looked perfectly at home at Hanshin, running away with the win by 7L. Another quality packed Japanese Grade 1 field makes this an essential watch for late Sunday afternoon. - RB

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