coolmore classic

The Coolmore Classic is a Group 1 race over 1,500 metres for fillies and mares, held at Rosehill Racecourse in autumn.

The race’s official name is the TAD Kennedy Stakes, after former trainer and Sydney Turf Club committee member Thomas Kennedy. Since its inaugural running in 1973, the race has carried the name of a sponsor – this is currently Coolmore, and has been since 1996.

Total prizemoney is $600,000.

Coolmore Classic 2022: Alfie’s Preview

I’m writing this preview on Thursday night, so it’s tough to say exactly where the track will get to. It’s currently a Heavy 10 and a lot will depend on the conditions in the lead-up. I will be looking at horses who handle the sting out of the ground, and settle forward in the run.

The think speed will be above average. Expat, Vangelic, Yes Baby Yes and Cap Estel to settle top 4.

Runner-by-runner

Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.

Espiona [$3.60] is the big danger here. She’s third-up and should be at peak fitness now.

Promise Of Success [$6] will need to improve and step up to a new level to win this.

Lighthouse [$7] is one I still have slight queries if it is genuinely heavy. The drier the better for her and she’s in with a good chance. Maher and Eustace are big-time trainers

Expat [$7] I have as a very big chance here, especially if it remains quite wet. She’s racing in good form The worry will be the pressure in a fast-run Group 1… is she up to that?

Hinged [$7.50] was great in winning the Surround Stakes last start, but can she back up what was a career peak figure?

Wandabaa [$11] will be against it due to the map.

Last year’s winner Krone [$21] is back again. Gollan will have her primed but I have her just short of the top horses this year.

The wet track is a positive for Polly Grey [$21], who will sit just off the fast tempo. She’s on the quick back up… I’ve seen worse shots at the price.

Vangelic [$21] will settle forward but is another one that will be relying on the top horses here to be off their game.

And then there’s the rest… the race has quite a long tail. For mine Shout The Bar [$71]Cap Estel [$81]Mirra Vision [$21]Yes Baby Yes [$91] and Atishu [$21] are not up the top horses in this field.

Verdict

Again, it depends on the state of the track, but I have Expat on top with Lighthouse, both around the $6 mark. So there’s some value there at the moment. Espiona is not far behind at $7.50 on my numbers, so I don’t have her near the market price.

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