Sylvia's Mother will be tough to beat in the Coolmore Classic. Photo: Steve Hart

Byerley Handicap Day Tips & Preview

Racing Headquarters hosts Byerley Handicap day on Saturday as the two year olds attempt to cash in one more time as babies before they turn three on the first of August.

We have previewed all nine races on the card and offer our betting suggestions here.

K.A Morrison Handicap (2000m)
PACODALI & MASCULINO

I have an issue with the three kilo rise in weight for Pacodali however he is such an honest and tough horse that I can’t leave him out.

Masculino skipped away last start at Flemington and looked the winner until Second Bullet ran over him late. Those two had the rest of the field covered and he meets Second Bullet better at the weights. Has drawn Ideally and will be tough to beat here.

Flemington Event Staff Handicap (1200m)
SIRIUS SUSPECT

Sirius Suspect has been racing consistently without winning for quite sometime now but he can return to the winners stall in a race of this quality. He seems to do a few things wrong and he laid in late down the Flemington straight at Listed level last start. This did not cost him the race but he would have finished a little closer. He will find this easier and he is a very good bet early in the day. 

Byerley Handicap (1800m)
MARNDARRA & FARLINGAYE

Marndarra is a well bred filly who has a lovely action and energy conserving stride. She was an impressive winner at Morphettville last start and this looks another very winnable race for her.

I will be having a little each way play on a Godolphin second starter that caught my eye at Bendigo on debut. She weaved her way through the field from the back of the pack rounding the turn and can improve sharply with experience and distance.

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Harry White Handicap (2500m)
LORD BELVEDERE

Very keen on the import Lord Belvedere in this 2500m contest. His first up run in Australia was very impressive and although he was a little flat second up, he was doing his best work late and I can forgive him. He rises again in class however he is a horse with a fair amount of upside I think he will go on to at least be an open class stayer. 

RMBL Investments Rising Stars Final (1400m)
POP QUEEN & EL QUESTRO

Pop Queen represents very good value at $20 (at time of publish) in this contest despite a tricky gate. She was a dominant winner at the this track and distance at a huge price two back and worked through the line well last start behind my other tip.

El Questro was cramped for room at this track and distance last start when she was narrowly beaten. She burst through before just peaking on her run late. She meets a few of these better at the weights and should be right in the finish again in a very open race. 

Murray Cox Handicap (1600m)
PHAISTOS

Phaistos looks a talented young horse on the rise which was evident in his win last week at Rosehill when not everything went his way. He had to change course on a couple of occasions in the straight however he pinned his ears back and chased home the leader. The 60kg didn’t seem to worry him last week and he should be rock hard fit for this assignment down south at racing headquarters.

Trainers' Trust Handicap (1200m)
SYLVIA'S MOTHER

Sylvia’s Mother has been moved south by Team Hawkes after she ran fifth first up at Rosehill. She was beaten less than a length that day and she has plenty of claims in a race of this quality. She is a filly with plenty of ability and she will go close in this contest. 

VRC Recognition Handicap (1600m)
REYKJAVIK

It’s very hard to look past Reykjavik after he burst through and stormed away in a Listed event at this track and distance last start. The mile looks his ideal distance and he has drawn perfectly in barrier 3. He does rise in weight for this content but he looks to have a fair bit of class. 

Stable Staff Recognition Handicap
WAGNER

I have a bit of an opinion of this horse and I think he will handle the step in grade in this race. He was scratched last week and he does his best racing on top of the ground which he hopefully gets here. Can finish our day on a winning note.