The Sportsman Weekend

Eagle delivers us plenty of intrigue

- NEIL EVANS

WHILE the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes holds centre stage at Randwick tomorrow, a more competitiv­e and intriguing Silver Eagle is the race to whet punters’ appetites.

Among any number of fouryear-olds likely to command market support over 1300m at set weights, the best value around a whopping $17.00 may well be ultra-talented, albeit wayward, gelding Exoboom.

After doing his best work late first-up in a strong Benchmark 88 over 1100m, secondup 200m further and drawn where he can be tucked away with plenty of cover, smacks of perfect big price recipe.

Okay, you wouldn’t want your ‘last’ on him, but Sam Clipperton should have a lapful under him with plenty to offer when they hit the turn. Watch out late.

Speaking of second-up and also coming out of that same race, Equation ($8.50) is another one over the odds.

Similarly, stallion worked home late on a deteriorat­ing track in his first run since winning the Listed Canberra Guineas autumn and he’s unbeaten from two starts second-up.

MY SILVER EAGLE TIPS:

1. EXOBOOM; 2. Equation;

3. Ellsberg; 3. Vangelic Back to the Spring Champion (2000m) for three-yearolds in what is a thin edition, highly touted Profondo ($3.60) can turn the tables on Head Of State from that lead-up Group 3 Gloaming (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight back.

In fact, the first four from the Gloaming could have their own race again, but this time Profondo, admittedly still a little raw and learning his trade, can sit just off a moderate speed before pouncing on the point of the turn.

Despite stealing the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at big odds, I don’t rate that form for the filly Never Been Kissed ($5.50) and she’s well under odds.

MY SPRING CHAMPION TIPS:

1. PROFONDO; 2. Alegron;

3. Head Of State; 4. Benaud Meanwhile, in what is no endorsemen­t as a contest – or even for the Cox Plate in 15 days that matter I have Zaaki rated even hotter in the Group 1 Might And Power (2000m) at Caulfield than what

great mare Winx was for many of her 33 career wins.

Zaaki will go off around $1.30 favourite in another weight-for-age sit and sprint, but to me the powerhouse seven-year-old should be parked around $1.06. It’s a lovely little exhibition gallop before he puts them to the sword around The Valley on October 23.

And if you’re hung up on the old adage – ‘odds on, look on’ – where else could you buy and sell something for a 30 per cent profit in two minutes?

A different story altogether in the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m) for the older mares where Godolphin five-year-old Tailleur ($5.50) can peak third-up on the right map.

She comes out of an underrated closing run in that high rating Group 2 Sheraco over the same trip at Kembla and has trialled since in strong fashion.

And I have no doubt Tailleur will find her Melbourne leg, just over a year ago she destroyed handy Benchmark 84 field at The Valley by six lengths.

MY NORTHWOOD PLUME TIPS:

1. TAILLEUR; 2. Brooklyn Hustle; 3. La Mexicana

In the headline Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the wide gate doesn’t turn me off budding superstar Anamoe ($2.70) one bit.

Okay he’ll likely go back and be ridden colder than ever, but with arch rival Artorius ($3.90) drawing inside, we are bound to get an improving price.

It was only severe track bias in the Golden Rose a fortnight ago that denied this colt and all being equal he peaks nicely out to the mile.

Mind you, I’d be even more confident if James McDonald was down there to ride.

As good as the top two are, the sad part is for a race that was always badged as the 3YO Championsh­ip of Australasi­a, how do we end up with more than half the field going around anywhere from 25/1 to 200/1?

MY CAULFIELD GUINEAS TIPS:

1. ANAMOE; 2. Artorius; 3. Lightsaber

Good Luck @NeilEvansm­ail

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Neil has Tailleur (blue silks) as his top selection in the Northwood Plume Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow.

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