• The Feehan Stakes highlights a high-quality day of racing at Moonee Valley, and could prove a valuable guide to bigger spring races
  • Homesman for Team Williams leads the market in an open race

Our Melbourne pro punter Trevor Lawson has put together his full Feehan Stakes preview… make sure you read this before you bet!

Field

Speed Map

Most of the speed is out wide. TRAP FOR FOOLS (2), BEST OF DAYS (5) and HOMESMAN (3) will push forward from out wide and take up the running from FIFTY STARS (6), HARLEM (1) and SIKANDARABAD (9). KENEDNA (15) will settle off midfield. It should be genuinely run.

The Race

I like the look of this race. There’s plenty you can put a line through for mine, and there still looks to be a value in what should be a genuinely run race.

HOMESMAN (3) is a legitimate Group 1 horse that doesn’t have to be near right to be competitive here. He first-up off a 320-day spell. Since Howley took over, the Williams haven’t won a race under 1800 metres, but this looks very well placed. It’s always hard to know where their horses are at, but we’ll assume there’s a decent level of fitness there as they’re resuming at 1600m. He was narrowly beaten in this race last year. I’ve rated him down off that and still have him on top.

BEST OF DAYS (5) ran okay first-up in slowly run race. Second-up here. Can go forward from barrier and is a likely improver. Maps well and get Craig Williams on. Still rated under his best.

SIKANDARABAD (9) put in a good run first-up, and natural improvement here should see him fitter. Drawn to get a decent run.

FIFTY STARS (6) was beaten a long way first-up. Was a very disappointing performance and he’ll need another run, at least.

SURPRISE BABY (8) is a stayer resuming here and being targeted for the Melbourne Cup. Hard to see him being forward enough to win here first-up. I’m happy to risk.

THE CHOSEN ONE (14) is a Kiwi galloper that won the Frank Packer Plate impressively in autumn. He’s a bit of an unknown here and it’s hard to gauge his fitness, but he’ll be getting home strong and can’t be discounted.

KENEDNA (15) was well beaten first-up when she had clear running in the straight. Would think she needs more racing, though the blinkers go back on. She was beaten too far first-up for mine to win here.

Verdict

I’ve got HOMESMAN (3) and BEST OF DAYS (5) equal favourites, and both look decent value at the moment in my opinion. My third pick is SIKANDARABAD (9) and there’s even a bit of value there too. THE CHOSEN ONE (14) is the unknown, I have him market at about market price and he might be worth a saver.

Looking forward to this – should be a decent contest and it looks like a really good betting race.

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