It’s one of my favourite races of the carnival and we’re set for another edition of the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington on Stakes Day.
Many people will have you believe that Nature Strip will be extremely difficult to beat in this contest, but I am not one of them. There is only one for me here and you can see which horse that is in my 2019 Darley Sprint Classic tips below.
- 5 Units straight out #1 Santa Ana Lane
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
There isn’t a better sprinter in the land than Santa Ana Lane and he is primed to defend his crown in the Darley Sprint Classic. The multiple Group 1-winner son of Lope De Vega resumed for a close-up second at this track and distance before mustering enormous turn of foot to finish a close second in The Everest last time, in what was easily the run of the race. Mark Zahra knows exactly what to do on this horse and he should be winning.
In Her Time relishes racing down the straight at HQ and she’ll take good improvement into what will be her second campaign start. The Time Thief mare resumed in autumn for a smart win in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning, but she just found The Everest field a little too sharp first-up this time. This quite clearly and easier prospect than that race and at $12/$2.90 (at publish) in Darley Sprint Classic betting, I think she could prove big overs.
Loving Gabby is now a proven performer in open Group 1 company, so why wouldn’t you have another crack in the Darley Sprint Classic? The daughter of I Am Invincible has clearly been a talented type since debuting, but she’s gone to another level this time; winning two races including the Group 1 Manikato last time out and finished second behind the talented California Zimbol at her only other appearance. She’s at peak fitness for this and will only carry 51.5kgs.
I might not be a particularly big fan, but that doesn’t mean the Nature Strip doesn’t have lengths on a lot of the horses in the Darley Sprint Classic. Facts are, he’s now won two Group 1 races, finished fourth in an Everest at his last appearance and has been racing in competitive form this time – probably the best of his career, so far. He’s rock-hard fit and is every chance of doing something from the outside of the field, I guess.