Victory will see the Waller trained colt emulate the deeds of his sire Zoustar as the winner of this race. Also trained by Waller, Zoustar started a three year domination by the leading trainer of the Coolmore Stud Stakes, winning in 2013/14/15. Facing the starter on six occasions in his 2YO term, the colt was a two-time winner including the G2 Champagne Classic at Doomben over the 1200m trip. After finishing a narrow 2nd to The Autumn Sun in the JJ Atkins, he was sent for a break and off the back of two sharp trials was 4th when first-up in the Run To The Rose. Second-up in the Golden Rose, he settled close to the speed from the inside gate and was strong to the line when claiming his second G1 2nd placing behind his stablemate The Autumn Sun. Kept fresh since the Golden Rose he takes on his first race in Melbourne down the straight six. Waller followed a similar prep with Zoustar who was able to complete the Golden Rose/Coolmore double and James McDonald will be up looking to secure his first win in this stallion making race.
A six-time winner from seven career starts, the only miss the flashy chestnut colt has returned was in the Golden Slipper when finishing under two lengths from the winner Estijaab. Sent to the paddock after the Slipper to end his 2YO term with the impressive figures of 4 wins from 5 appearances including the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes in a 2.5 length romp, the colt returned at Caulfield without an official trial. Stepping out in a five furlong scamper under set weights and penalties, he carried 59.5kg when scoring a strong first-up win when leading throughout and posting victory by a long neck. Second-up to the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield, Jordan Childs took the son of Written Tycoon straight to the front and was never in danger in displaying his class to score a 1.25 length victory. This will be his first look at Flemington and comes into the race a winner of 3 starts from 4 attempts at 1200m, the lone miss coming in that Golden Slipper. A stylish chestnut colt, he has oozed X Factor since he first stepped onto a racetrack.
The last Queensland trained winner of this race was the filly Gold Edition back in 2006 and trainer Steve O’Dea will be looking to change that with his star colt Sesar. A winner of two from six career starts, the first of those wins came in the G3 Ken Russell Classic at Gold Coast over 1200m when finishing strongly from a long way back to score a three-quarter length victory with Lean Mean Machine finishing in 3rd positon. Given two more starts during his 2YO term, he was within 2.5 lengths of the winner in the G2 Sires Produce behind Lean Mean Machine and then The Autumn Sun in the G1 JJ Atkins. After a sharp trial at Doomben behind the smart Femme Fireball, O’Dea took the Sebring colt to Randwick for the 1200m G2 Roman Consul first-up. Settled at the rear of the field, he let down sharply to score a stylish first-up win with Jason Collet in the saddle and score the 2nd win of his career. Both wins have been at the six furlong trip and at the odds he looks to be a value player.
The regally bred colt would see his value sky-rocket if able to claim this stallion making classic as he tackles the contest at his 5th run for the season. After being well beaten at his first two runs back for the term- over four lengths in each- James Cummings then set the colt for the G2 Danehill Stakes here at Flemington over this trip. Settled at the rear, he charged home to score a decisive win under 58kg and defeat Thorondor who had 56kg at the set weights and penalties conditions. Taken to the Blue Sapphire the son of Lonhro was solid to the line when 1.25 lengths from the winner Written By. Craig Williams has been in the saddle at the past three starts aboard the Godolphin owned colt. Encryption has started on two occasions at Flemington, landing a long neck 2nd over the straight trip 1000m in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate and his win over the straight six Danehill Stakes, making him the only runner in the field with a win down the Flemington straight.
Registered as the Ascot Vale Stakes and run on Victoria Derby Day, this race is known as a ‘stallion making race’ as if the winner of this race is a colt it can significantly boost their post-race value. The race was first held in 1863 over 5 furlongs (1000m) and since 1872 has been run over 1200m down the Flemington ‘straight six’.
Restricted to three year olds the race is run at set weights and in 2018 colts & geldings will carry 57kg with fillies to carry 55kg. The race was original held in the Autumn for 2YO’s, however was rescheduled to the Spring and altered to a 3YO race. In 2006 the race was again shifted to Victoria Derby Day and upgraded to G1 status.
Total prize money on offer in 2018 has increased to $1,000,000. The 2017 winner was the Aaron Purcell trained Merchant Navy ridden by Mark Zahra. Other winners of the Coolmore Stud Stakes include Japonisme, Sepoy, Weekend Hussler, Alinghi, Encosta De Lago and Tierce.
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|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||Merchant Navy|
|Market:||2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes Odds|