STAKES SUPER FORM
Sprint favourite looks a gift horse for punters
WE enter the final quarter of Melbourne Cup week and today we have two big Group 1 races — the Darley Sprint Classic and Mackinnon Stakes.
Reigning champion SANTA ANA LANE returns to defend his crown in the sprint. He will have something to chase with speed machine NATURE STRIP out in front as well as star filly LOVING GABY, a Group 1 winner against older horses in the Manikato Stakes.
We also have the running of the Mackinnon and Kiwi star MELODY BELLE aiming at her 11th Group 1 win.
This race will be the final chapter in the amazing career of middle-distance champion HARTNELL, and he is a winning hope.
In Sydney is the running of the inaugural $1 million Golden Gift for two-year-olds for which TANKER, coming off a brilliant debut win, heads the market.