George Main Stakes Preview
Previews, Reviews, Tips
11 October, 2023
Group 1 racing is back at Randwick with the George Main Stakes over the 1600 and provides us with another opportunity to enjoy 4-year-old star Anamoe, as he attempts to build on his growing reputation as the best middle distance horse in the land.
Maximal is first up and last time in ran second behind Huetor at Eagle Farm, however that was over 2100m. Others should be too sharp here, but he will be one to watch for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate futures markets if runs through the line.
Anamoe is a clear on top here. Second up after winning the Winx Stakes and up to 1600 with a dry track, it all looks to suited the Cox Plate runner up here. He’s had a nice trial in between runs so should be on his way to peak fitness. Second up has never been out of the placings and should get a safe and economical run from barrier 8. James McDonald had stuck with him and dumped Zaaki so all signs point to the rising star here.
Converge was plain first up in the tramway where he had every possible, but struggled on the heavy going. Does like the track and distance and has performed second up before. Has upset Anamoe before and if can bounce back from that poor first up run might be able to sneak into the placings.That said I would rather watch here.
Profondo was only a pass both first and second up and makes the jump back up in distance here. Back on a firmer surface is a massive positive. Has had only the one run over a mile where he failed but is a more mature horse now and can run well enough to be capable to run into the placings. Would prefer to see back at 2000 though before considering a serious contender.
Duais second up and back up in trip could be a big improver. Was good enough in the Memsie and second up last time in he was very good in the Chipping Norton behind Verry Elleegant. Still needs further before being a genuine winning chance but could run a sneaky place here.
Montefilia’s first up record is good and has performed over the trip in the past. Trials were ok behind good company but has a bit of work to do to catch these fitter horses. Capable of running a sneaky race but would rather watch first up and wait until over a further trip.
Icebath was super second up behind Zaaki in the Tramway. Back to 1600 now where the mare has been ultra-consistent in the past and loves the track which is an added bonus. Think she goes better than most people think on a firmer surface and is a genuine place chance here.
Fangirl was eye catching first up in the Winx Stakes nearly chasing down Anamoe and has trialled well since. Back onto a better surface is a tick for her and the step up in distance is another massive plus. Has won second up in the past however, does map tricky with an inside draw. She’s a massive place chance at around even money, but might need a bit to go right to be in the winner’s circle.
Hinged boasts a perfect second up record and was good enough in the Winx Stakes first up. Was behind Fangirl in a recent trial and back up in distance of which she’s won over in the past. Draws well to either lead or get a cosy run along the rails and will be in it for a long way. Multiples and place chance.
Anamoe is my on top pick here for the punters. I have Hinged and Fangirl in behind him for the multiple players
SELECTIONS: 3 – 10,9
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