Shinzo's Historic Double Bid, Opal Ridge's Group One Prospects, and Horses to Watch This Weekend

Kai Shmukler

In this article we will go through the horses to follow from the weekend, as well as an early look at a couple runner for the Golden Rose and the latest information on Opal Ridge following her run on Saturday.

Shinzo set to complete the Golden Slipper / Golden Rose double in 2023

Shinzo has recently become favourited to win the Golden Rose at and become the first horse to win the Slipper and Rose in the same year. Tab Spokesman Tim Ryan stated that "What Shinzo was able to achieve during his two-year-old season was probably a bonus because he seems like a colt who will be better again as a three-year-old,''. I have to agree here as during his two year old season he completely outperformed expectations and finished the campaign off with a huge win in the Golden Slipper. Across the Aussie betting sites you can get $6 for Shinzo to win the Golden Slipper as at the time of writing this. The market currently is as follow:

Celestial Legend, Commemorative, Don Corleone, King's Gambit, Red Resistance$15.00
Rest Of Field$26 +

Luke Pepper adamant on Opal Ridge’s Group One prospects

Opal Ridge was ever so impressive last weekend in the Group Two Dane Ripper Stakes, racing three/four wide all run and still beating off the whole field bar the winner, Comrade Rosa. Pepper had this to say about the run and her post race condition:

“It was a hard watch but Opal Ridge was unbelievable. She has a heart bigger than herself, we are extremely proud of her… she pulled up great. She went back to the stables and threw her head into the feed bin and seems as good as gold”

Pepper has since confirmed that they will put her forward for the final Group one race of the season, the Tatt’s Tiara, which she is currently a $3.50 favourite to win. has an article on how to bet on horse racing in Australia that outlines where to place these futures bets.

Horses To Follow From The Weekend

Let’s start off with the fastest runs of the day. Curran swamped the day at Sandown, clocking the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals of the day and looks to have come back outstandingly to racing, very close to a win.

I was very keen on the Maher and Eustace trained Links on the weekend who duly saluted, which you would have found in my free horse racing tips for Sandown but his stablemate Mantua really caught my eye when challenging Links well in the straight before Link’s race experience came to the forefront and he narrowly beat off Mantua. Regardless, it was a bold and positive effort and I think he will be a lot shorter next time he races.