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Darley Classic (Victoria Racing Club Stakes) - Form Comments

06/11/2014

Darley Classic (Victoria Racing Club Stakes) – Form Comments

G1 - 1200m - Turf

1

Buffering

Won this race last year and second to Black Caviar in 2011. Nose winner from Lankan Rupee in 1200m Moir Stakes on 26 September before 0.6 lengths 7th to Lankan Rupee in 1200m G1 Manikato Stakes on 24 October. Pulled up sore after last run.

2

Lankan Rupee

Impressive winner of the Newmarket Hcp down this straight course last season. Runner-up at first two starts this season before back to best with tough on-speed win in the G1 Manikato Stakes on 24 October - scoring narrowly from Angelic Light and Famous Seamus.

3

Temple Of Boom

No luck last time when 0.5 lengths 6th to Lankan Rupee in blanket finish to Manikato Stakes. That followed 2nd and 5th placings behind Chatauqua in Bobbie Lewis and Gilgai Stakes this course and distance.

4

Moment Of Change

Ran 2.5 lengths 3rd to Buffering in this race last year. Caught wide, ran well at first start since August when 0.8 lengths 8th to Lankan Rupee in the Manikato Stakes.

5

Slade Power

Top sprinter in UK having first run in Australia. 10th in last year's Hong Kong Sprint but unbeaten since with victories in the Greenlands Stakes, Diamond Jubilee Stakes and July Cup. Can be fractious in gates but must rate highly.

6

Sidestep

Scratched from weaker race on Thursday to contest this. Not raced since won G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes at 1200m in April. Won barrier trial 10 October. Unplaced two previous runs down straight course.

7

Rebel Dane

Beaten less than a half length in three runs this season. Latest was 0.3 lengths 4th to Lankan Rupee in G1 Manikato Stakes on 24 October. Unplaced but not disgraced two previous runs down the straight.

8

Famous Seamus

Came from last at 400m when 0.2 lengths 3rd to Lankan Rupee in G1 Manikato Stakes on 24 October. That followed Randwick 1200m win. Unplaced one previous run down straight.

9

Terravista

Won eight of 12 starts. Yet another who was close up in tight finish to the Manikato Stakes, finishing 0.4 lengths from Lankan Rupee in fifth place. Untried down straight track.

10

Chautauqua

First time at G1 level but has been most impressive past two this course and distance. Won the Bobbie Lewis Sprint by 2.5 lengths from Temple Of Boom on 13 September and then won Gilgai Stakes by 4 lengths from Bounding on 4 October.

11

Cluster

Came from last on turn when 2.7 lengths 5th to Trust In A Gust in G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at 1400m on 28 September after Rosehill 1400m win. Won twice this distance. Untried straight course.

12

Driefontein

Backs up from last Saturday when very good 1 length 2nd to the unbeaten Deep Field in G2 Tab Stakes at this course and distance.

13

Platelet

Two from two this course and distance. Ran second to Rubick 1st-up at 1000m at Caulfield before 1.85 lengths 11th to Lankan Rupee in Manikato Stakes.

 

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