Aston Rupee and Koblenz sit atop Melbourne Cup betting and while the great race is three months away, punters could get an early preview when the superstar duo clash at Sandown Park on Thursday in The Watchdog’s ‘Must Watch’ race.
Aston Rupee (12 from 24 – 29.06sec Sandown PB), TAB’s $9 ‘All In’ Melbourne Cup favourite, returns to Sandown after taking out the G3 Speed Star at The Meadows, for a mouth-watering meeting with Koblenz (17 from 28 – 2 from 3 Trk/Dst).
Adding additional spice will be G2 Cranbourne Cup winner Jax Bale (16 wins – 8 from 30 Trk/Dst), which has returned to his best form, victorious in his past three visits to Sandown.
The Sandown card also features great match-ups over 715m and 595m.
G1 Sandown Cup finalist Kenny The Brute (9 from 37) will take on Brendan Pursell’s lightly-raced staying prospects Aston Alpha (5 from 13 – 2 from 3 Box 1) and Sandra’s Sticker (3 from 10), while middle distance up-and-comer Untapped (8 from 24 – 4 of past 5) will tackle versatile multiple Group placegetter Bobby The Brute (13 from 48).
Perfectly Poised (3 from 9) is chasing a fourth straight win after clean-sweeping a Vic Bred Maiden series at The Meadows but faces a huge test against 4-time G1 finalist Tyler Durden (12 from 52) and recent State National Sprint finalist Fabriola Zad (16 wins).
Blueblood Ambushed, a son of former champion stayer Sweet It Is, won’t catch punters by ‘surprise’ in the Maiden Final after a barnstorming heat victory on debut.
At Warrnambool, Enter The Son (10 from 24) will create great interest at only his second start since March, having showcased his ability when running 2nd to the freakish Houdini Boy in the G3 Speed Star (600m) at The Meadows last September.
Earlier in the day at Healesville, Chop Scotch (15 from 32) is the star attraction, dropping back in trip after contesting the G3 Speed Star (525m) at The Meadows.
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for ? The Watchdog’s $10 spend…