Group 2 racing returns to The Valley tonight! Check out our full preview of the cards and tips for every race RIGHT HERE.
Sei Stella hasn’t been seen at the races since June, but she is a mare that typically flies fresh and looks well placed to make a winning return at The Valley tonight. The Matt Dale-trained daughter of Not A Single Doubt has recorded four wins and three minors from only ten career starts to date, and simply did not come up in winter. I’m happy to forget that short prep and she has reportedly returned to work in great condition.
A quality field has been taken for the Gold Carat and there is a case to be made for a few, but I think that the market has it correct with How Womantic a short-priced favourite. How Womantic has made only two appearances at the races so far, but she is yet to taste anything but success and was last seen beating a decent field to the line with complete ease at Caulfield. This looks a lovely race for her, and I will be happy to take anything even money or over.
Beauty has had one run at The Valley for one win (at Listed level) and I think that she’s ready to do something good third-up tonight. The Team McEvoy-trained mare worked home well to just miss at Caulfield when resuming, but looked to suffer from a little ‘second-up syndrome’ at Flemington last time out, in what was still a fair effort. She’s drawn a peach for this in barrier 4 and will have the added bonus of Michael Poy’s claim.
This could be the strongest edition of the Australia Stakes since its inception, but I simply cannot look past Hey Doc. The Duporth gelding won the Australian Guineas a few years ago on raw talent and has since recorded enormous wins in a couple of Group 1 sprints, featuring some world-class horses. He resumed from a long lay off to finish third in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan at Sandown in November before producing an utterly dominant performance to win the Winterbottom in Perth. Anything close to that would have him crowned the 2020 Australia Stakes winner.