The Chosen One looms as a winning chance in the Tancred Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

2021 Tancred Stakes Tips

It’s a week late, but that has probably only strengthened this year’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes field, and we are set for an outstanding staying contest at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Some of our best distance horses will step out alongside some quality international raiders and the Tancred Stakes represents a terrific betting race.

You can find my 2021 Tancred Stakes tips below.

Suggested Bets

  • 2 Units E/W #3 The Chosen One
  • Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
Tancred Stakes - Winner
No. 3 The Chosen One

Talented kiwi The Chosen One typically improves sharply with a couple of runs under his belt, and he strikes the Tancred Stakes third-up this time.

The Savabeel entire has been a great horse for the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman yard throughout his career, and has won several good races both in New Zealand and over here.

He was typically tough during his recent spring prep, finishing third in the Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup most notably, and he resumed this time for a close-up second in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke in New Zealand.

Soft going is ideal, and I think that Hugh Bowman is the right jockey for him this week.

Tancred Stakes - 2nd
No. 11 Melody Belle

She’s untested at the trip, but there’s obviously no arguing is Melody Belle’s class, record and ability, and she’s a live chance in the Tancred Stakes.

The Commands mare’s Group 1 tally is now up into double-figures, and she has recorded two wins from three starts back this time, both at Group 1 level in her homeland.

She is at peak fitness for this race, she gets in well as a mare she’ll be steered by James McDonald – all big ticks.

Tancred Stakes - 3rd
No. 9 Angel Of Truth

Angel Of Truth was enormous in the Ranvet Stakes last weekend and if he handles the short back-up, the Tancred Stakes should only prove to be a better race for him.

He’s never quite managed to return to the form that saw him lead all the way in the 2019 Australian Derby, but Angel Of Truth has been competitive in Group 1 company several times, and a switch to the Hawkes yard has brought him back on.

Getting out to a mile and a half suits, a repeat of last week’s effort behind Verry Elleegant and Addeybb would find him hard to beat, and Kerrin McEvoy can go straight to the lead from barrier 5.

Tancred Stakes - 4th
No. 8 Nickajack Cave

I’m going to roll the dice on the Peter Moody-trained Nickajack Cave running into the Tancred Stakes first four.

The five-year-old son of Kendargent is yet to run a race in Australia, but he was excellent during his time in the UK and Europe, and found form around some of the world’s best horses.

He is reportedly a horse that doesn’t like a heavily rain-affected track, but he clearly has a lot of ability and you just never really know with these Europeans until they step out competitively in Australia – I’d hate to miss the price!