Freak Jumps Star returns, Flemington follows, Imperatiz’s next target

Kai Shmukler
Freak Jumps Star returns, Flemington follows, Imperatiz’s next target.

It’s been a huge week in horse racing betting as we look towards what is going to be a big Spring for the major stables in each of the prominent racing states and off the back of our Saturday horse racing tips we look at Maher and Eustace’s jumps star Stern Idol’s racing return this Sunday at Pakenham as well as some follows from Flemington this past Saturday and star Kiwi sprinter Imperatiz’s camps latest targets for the horse.

Stern Idol Dominates In 20 Length Return

Stern Idol returned to racing off the back of a dominant first outing for racing giants Maher and Eustace this Sunday with a twenty length win in the feature race of the day at Pakenham this past Sunday.

Winning jockey William McCarthy says he’s “never sat on anything like Stern Idol… He's just unbelievable, I'll take no credit for that at all, I'm just a passenger on him." .

McCarthy was sitting on Stern Idol from near last as he asked for a bit of effort on Stern Idol and he didn’t waste any time when asked for it.

Declan Maher, an assistant trained for the stable, says that Stern Idol will likely step out 1000m in distance for the Crisp Steeplechase at the beginning of next month at Sandown.

I will be sure to cover him then in my best bets tips article so watch out for that article in the first week of August.

Te Akau Targets Champion’s Sprint For Imperatriz

Te Akau racing, New Zealand’s biggest stable, have confirmed that the William Reid Stakes winning Imperatriz will have her sights set on the  $3 million Group 1 Champions Sprint at Flemington on the concluding day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

"I think she's better left handed and pretty keen (on Champions Sprint) on the last day of the Cup carnival," Ellis said.

"That's the race I'd like to have her peaking for … she's thriving and doing well, and we're really happy with her."

On his way to that acclaimed G1 he will likely race in the 1200m Manikato Stakes at Flemington in the coming months. The stable  has recruited Ben Gleeson, Danny O’brien’s assistant trainer to dictate terms at their Cranbourne training plans for the star Kiwi. 

Te Akau Racing, New Zealand's biggest stable, has recruited Danny O'Brien's outgoing assistant trainer to oversee its Cranbourne operation.

Stablemate Campionessa and Imperatriz will trial in New Zealand and then come over to Melbourne at the beginning of September to start their Spring campaigns. We had Imperatriz back in his group 1 race win in our Saturday racing tips and will be sure to follow his prospects closely.

Horses To Follow From Flemington racecourse

Our Saturday racing tips went very close at Flemington but for the most part we got unlucky but a couple of our tips are definite follows for deeper in their preps, one of those is Archo nacho who got very unlucky to be held up for a few lengths at a crucial time in running when the leader and winner were able to fight it out. Once he finally got some room to breathe he powered home and clocked some of the fastest times of the day. He’s got heaps of upside and any further distance / more luck in running and he will be winning even better races than what he was in.

I suspected Hennessy Lad would need the run and left him out of our free horse racing tips accordingly but he does look to have returned in good order when running on the pace and having a good kick in the straight but the quinella both burst past him, noted they were both much deeper into their preps. As soon as he gets out in trip with the upside he presents second up he’s going to be hard to beat.

The Richard Cully trained Cosmic Enigma was our roughie of the day in the Saturday racing tips at the track and whilst this run wasn’t his due to the wide gate and being held up at the turn he made great headway late from near last to clock a lost 400m way faster than the winner and probably would have only needed an extra 50m to be in the finish there. He surely wins anything they place him in next and I am very excited to see where he’s placed next by connections.