Benbatl poses as Winx’s main rival
It is all about Winx at Moonee Valley tomorrow as she strives for a fourth Cox Plate.
Benbatl looms as the main rival but can he deny the mare a 29th straight win?
Probably not but if there is an upset he is the one with the ability to cause it.
Benbatl won the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes two weeks ago with Blair House a close second and Humidor third.
Cannot tip against the mare so it’s Winx to win from Benbatl with Humidor third.
Many Melbourne Cup hopefuls can always be dismissed after the Caulfield Cup.
From Saturday’s race only Best Solution, The Cliffsofmoher, Duretto and perhaps Chestnut Coat, who needs a fast pace and firm track, can be considered for Flemington.
Best Solution ($12), another Cup winner for the column, has not been penalised due to topweight’s poor record in the Melbourne Cup.
He also has to contend with a stronger field.
New players include Yucatan, Magic Circle, Avilius, Latrobe, Withhold, Muntahaa and Cross Counter.
New favourites emerged for the Victoria Derby and Oaks when Thinkin’ Big and Verry Elleegant, both Follow selections, won on Saturday.
They seem to stand out in a year lacking above average staying three year-olds.
Chippenham was a popular winner at Warrnambool on Friday.
He resumed from a spell in the Benchmark 70 (1300m).
Chippenham ($7.50) ridden by Lucinda Doodt settled third and reached the lead 100m from the post.
He went on to defeat Duecourse by three quarters of a length with La Lova third.
Follow - Pierata: Randwick win took his record to six from 14 starts and should find suitable race in Melbourne.
Coming winners: Iconoclasm won at Caulfield and is consistent once he strikes form.
Aloisia ended a string of unplaced runs with Caulfield third, producing a fast final 200m.
Diplomatico impressed at Randwick at his third start and destined for Group races.
They race at Echuca today.