Al Galayel. Photo by Steve Hart.

2020 Ballarat Cup Day Tips & Preview

The Ballarat Cup has attracted a full field of quality for the Listed event over 2000m on Saturday.

There is plenty more racing taking place throughout the day and our full 2020 Ballarat Cup Day Tips & Preview can be read here.

Race 1: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m) 11:10am
No. 3 Rock Prophet

Jamie Kah has been in excellent form so far this season but it wasn’t her best ride board Rock Prophet first up.

The four year old gelding by Moshe hit the line well once he found clear running and he will take a lot of benefit from that pretty soft run.

Race 2: Benchmark 78 Handicap (2600m) 11:40am
No. 12 Wahine Toa

Wahine Toa is a very progressive stayer with plenty of upside.

This will be just her seventh time at the races but the daughter of Dalakhani has been competitive every time she has been saddled up.

She chased home Eaton at The Valley last start to finish second and should be ready to peak at her fourth run this prep.

Race 3: Eureka Stockade (1400m) 12:15pm
No. 7 Reciprocation

Reciprocation may have only won a maiden at Benalla on debut but it was the way in which he won that has him right in the money in a pretty hot race here.

He ran a very slick time over the 1206m in that race when he won with a leg in the air. He won by a length but they beat the rest of the field by five lengths.

The horse that ran second in that race has since come out and won as well.

Race 4: Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) 12:50pm
No. 9 Jayanthi

This is a tough race to try and assess with many of these young horses without any exposed form.

The Maher and Eustace team can be trusted in these early two year old races and their filly by Hinchinbrook has been well supported in early betting.

If the money continues, jump on board.

Race 5: Tonks Plate (1200m) 1:25pm
No. 2 All Too Royal

All Too Royal was far from disgraced first up at The Valley behind Sansom and he will take plenty of benefit from that run.

If you go back to his two runs in Melbourne during the autumn, he was beaten 1.6 lengths in the Rubiton behind Anaheed and then 1.4 lengths behind Pippie in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

If he can find a semblance of that form, he will be winning this race. Has won four from eight at this distance.

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Race 6: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) 2:05pm
No. 7 Chassis & No. 12 Golden Halo

The big field makes this incredibly tough but I’ve found two at nice odds.

Chassis is a very talented four year old mare who comes into this race after a freshen up. She is more than capable at this level.

Golden Halo is another mare with plenty of upside who has proven herself competitive at a higher level than this. She should be ready to peak at her fourth run this prep.

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Race 7: Suez Mckellar Mile Benchmark 78 (1600m) 2:45pm
No. 17 Caffrey

Caffrey was excellent when resuming in the greys race at Flemington during Cup week after doing a lot of work in the early stages of the race.

They ran over the top of the Peter Moody trained gelding late but he was game in defeat.

He will appreciate the step back in grade for this assignment and he has drawn perfectly in barrier two.

He is currently first emergency for the race.

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Race 8: Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m) 3:25pm
No. 5 Al Galayel

Al Galayel has been racing exceptionally well all throughout this prep and he represents good value at his current double figure quote.

He strung together three wins on the trot before finishing sixth at Caulfield behind Nonconformist last start and fitness should not be an issue for him.

For the record, if fourth emergency Paradee were to get a run, I would have her on top and one of my best for the day.

Race 9: Magic Millions 3&4 YO Classic (1100m) 4:05pm
No. 3 The Astrologist

The Astrologist returned from a spell with a really nice win at Geelong over 1100m before stepping up in grade last start at Flemington.

The four year old gelding was beaten a head by Exhilarates in that race and a repeat of that effort would see him win this.

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Race 10: Benchmark 84 Handicap (1400m) 4:40pm
No. 9 Kazio

Kazio is well over the odds at $31 in the last race of the day and hopefully he can salute for us!

He has been competitive all the way through his campaign without winning and he has been placed in 12 of 13 career starts at this distance.