It’s one of two Group 1 features on Saturday’s program at Morphettville and let’s face it – it’s clearly the better race.
Spright is the warm favourite in 2019 Robert Sangster Stakes betting, but there’s a big price on offer for literally everything else in the field and you’re going to be having a pretty bloody good day if you land on the right one.
I’ve had a crack and you can find my 2019 Robert Sangster Stakes tips below.
I’ll Have A Bit has steadily built to the task this time and is ready to fire in this race, but that’s not why I’m interested in her. Her record at Morphettville is simply outstanding – it’s nearly better than Leon Macdonald’s! Two years ago she broke her maiden here in the Group 3 National Stakes and she returned last year to win the Group 2 Euclase Stakes as a $101 pop (where she rolled horses like Viridine and Nature Strip), before going on to finish a length and a half third to Santa Ana Lane in The Goodwood. That is the kind of form I am keen to get around. She can slot in behind the pace from barrier 4 and with even luck in the straight, will be hard to hold out.
She’s finished in the minors of far better Group 1 races than this and the Robert Sangster looks a winnable feature for Spright. The Hinchinbrook mare savaged the line to finish on the winner’s heels in both the Moir and the Manikato in spring and ran Sunlight to just over half a length in the William Reid most-notably this time. She’s rock-hard fit ahead of her fifth campaign target, but I just wonder if she’s more of a Valley specialist than she is a Group 1 prospect…
Thrillster was unlucky not to return a winner at Caulfield two weeks ago and she’s got plenty of upside heading into the Sangster. The daughter of Starspangledbanner has recorded three wins and four minors through her eight career starts so far and obviously, she returned Team Corstens several pleasing results during the spring. She might need a little luck from barrier 11 but she does look the pick of the three-year-olds.
Divine Quality has been freshened for this race and if she brings her best to the track on Saturday, she would not look out of place in the winner’s stall. The Sepoy mare resumed in November for a hit-and-run win in the Group 3 Furphy Sprint at HQ and a repeat of that effort would see her extremely difficult to beat. She didn’t make anything of an impact in either of the Lightning Stakes or the Newmarket earlier this season, but this is a far more appropriate target and she’ll appreciate the drop in class.