We take a look at Cepheus’s prospects in The Big Dance, Pride’s Big Dance prospective runners and Waller eyeing a 5th Cox Plate win.

Kai Shmukler

It was a bit of an all over the show weekend in horse racing betting as we are in the thick of the Group 1 races season and my Saturday tips went okay across the Aussie betting sites as we picked up a few winners even if our best bets tips didn’t go so well. Our exotics tips also went quite nicely and this article dives into a couple runners who look towards The Big Dance in King Of The Castle for Joe Pride and Matthew Dunn’s star Cepheus as well as finishing off by looking at Chris Waller eyeing down a fifth Cox Plate.

King Of The Castle set for The Big Dance

Massive Group 1 races winner Think About It is back at home in the stable with Pride but Joe has his sights set on the Big Dance Wild Card winner King Of The Castle from this past Saturday in racing where he went under the radar in my Free horse racing tips. 

I’ve got a serious horse crush on this bloke,” Pride said.

I think that can be partially attributed to both of them coming from the same part of New Zealand and also that he’s a ripping horse

It has been an interesting journey to say the least but he’s a pretty cool horse,” Pride said.

I think that interesting journey can be attributed to how tough it was initially to give King Of The Castle racing manners but as Pride says he has continued to improve throughout the years enormously.

When King Of The Castle first joined Pride’s yard from New Zealand, the trainer had trouble even getting him to the races.

About his prospects in The Big Dance, Pride said:

He’ll give a good account of himself because he came here today dropping a massive amount of weight from a good run at Rosehill and he’ll get in pretty light in that Big Dance as well and he can only improve.

The Big dance approaches in a couple weeks and I will be sure to thoroughly go through the race in my Saturday tips so watch for my horse racing tips articles closer to the time to check on King Of The Castle’s prospects.

Cepheus will be right to run The Big Dance

Group 1 races star and one of the more exciting horses in horse racing betting this season Cepheus is still on track for The Big Dance after being scratched from this past weekend’s racing at Randwick when he pulled up with some swelling a few days prior. 

Everything is fine, he just had a little setback,” Dunn said.

We x-rayed and scanned and did everything we needed to do. He has ticked every box so there’s no reason to stop. It was more precautionary than anything.

Cepheus looks set for a barrier trial this Friday at Rosehill and will have a gallop at the track tomorrow morning. He will be set to undergo another vet examination just to be sure of things but the stable is confident he’ll be okay.

Cepheus did miss out on the whole Group 1 races season last year due to injuries / issues so it would be a shame to see it happen again but he has been outstanding in horse racing betting this season thus far already after putting together back to back black type wins, one of which being in the first Alan Brown Stakes last month.

Watch for him in my Saturday Tips when I go into full detail on the prospects of every runner set for The Big Dance. Full write ups will be in the free horse racing tips articles.

Waller looks to take out Fifth Cox Plate

Chris Waller, in an attempt to claim his fifth Cox Plate championship, will give both of his stable reps in this year’s edition of the race some extra experience in the lead up to the big race.

Those two reps come in the form of Fangirl and Militarise who both went for a gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday in anticipation of the big Group 1 races that they will take part in. 

They will both step out this Tuesday for their last Gallops prior to the Cox Plate.

Waller has stated he is expecting big things from Fangirl when she steps out for this race. We haven’t seen her in Melbourne since this time two years ago where she took out the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington.

I would have had my doubts about her this time last year, as she’s taken her time to reach full maturity. She’s not a bit robust horse, but she’s getting there and that’s why you’ve seen her form go to a slightly higher level.”, said Waller about Fangirl.

As for Militarise, the horse has pulled up well of the big of his Group 1 races efforts in the recent Caulfield Guineas.

He’s a confident horse and he didn’t get a chance to excel in the Guineas, but there’s been no negatives from it,” Waller said.

Although it was soft work, I thought he worked good without running any time, but to my eye he was getting into it and is ready to go.”, he continued.

I think both of Waller’s runners are equally exciting prospects for the Group 1 races that are set to come and I will be outlining both of their prospects for the Cox Plate in my Saturday Tips when the race comes around so watch for those to be released on our site.